Are You More Likely to Be Fat If You’re Poor?

Are You More Likely to Be Fat If You're Poor

Research shows that if you?re poor, you are more likely to eat cheap, fat, starchy food that is full of bad stuff (like sugars and simple carbs). You’re also more likely to live in a “food desert” — a neighborhood that’s far away from shops that sell fresh fruits and vegetables.

To avoid gaining weight, here are steps you can take — even if you’re broke.

#1: Cook from scratch. Cheap food is full of sugars, fats and refined grains, all the ingredients for putting on weight rapidly. Choose whole loose food, not pre-chopped. Food that you chop yourself is cheaper. Check the prices in all the stores as it varies from store to store.

#2: Eat meals with fruits and vegetables; they are salubrious and will help you lose weight. Meat is expensive, if you have less meat your bills will go down, helping you offset the higher cost of vegetables. Baked beans and lentils are filling and nutritious, so add them to your meals to help fill you up.

#3: Don’t eat at fast food restaurants. They are full of ingredients that form the quickest route to obesity. They thin your wallet as they increase your waistline. (Learn more about diets that can lower your budget).

#4: If you lose weight, your medical bills will go down and your health will improve. It is worth the investment of changing what you eat. A few extra dollars on veggies means less at the doctor’s office.

#5: Make soups, pies, pasties and stews that will last and can even be frozen for later. Make your own pastry dough; it is just flour, (7oz) baking margarine (3oz) and water (50 ml). Make breadcrumbs with the flour and margarine, and then add water slowly. You will save a lot of money, and you can make nice healthy meals with it. (Check out this great low-fat, low-carb frittata recipe).

#6: Keep note of the things you eat. Protein and complex carbohydrates are good, saturated fats are bad. (Read here to learn about good fats.) If you see a way to swap one bad fat with a better alternative that does not cost as much, you will see the benefits.

#7: Check the labels on your food, and go for the one that has the least levels of bad fats and sugar. Try to cut out adding sugar to the foods you cook. It may taste bad for a few weeks while your tastebuds adjust, but soon you won’t be able to go back to having sugar again.

#8: Start an exercise routine. The more bad fats and carbs you eat, the more exercise you have to do to offset it. Walking, cycling, skating, swimming, tennis, baseball are all activities you can and should make time for. If you do more than one, you will find it easier to do.

#9: Use stairs, instead of the elevators or escalators. Park as far from the store as possible so that you have to walk farther.

Remember: If you cut out sodas, alcohol, fatty meats and sugar, your foods costs will go down. This means you’ll have more to spend on eating healthier.

Photo courtesy Mark Hillary.

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