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5 ways to save money, lose weight and get healthier, even during rapid inflation

5 ways to save money, lose weight and get healthier, even during rapid inflation

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A recent survey finds that nearly 9 out of 10 of Americans are highly concerned about inflation.

As consumer prices have soared to more than a 30-year record high, many Americans are looking for ways to keep more cash in their pockets. The study revealed people plan to save by driving less (13% of responses), putting off home renovations (23%), reducing spending on restaurant meals and takeout (48%) and tightening their food budget (29%).

One unexpected benefit to this challenging economic situation is that it motivates people to take control of their health and weight. And with the National Health Expenditure Accounts reporting that healthcare costs increased 9.7% in 2020 to a new high of $12,530 per person, one of the best ways to save money (and possibly your life) is to improve your diet.

In the current economic climate, here are some simple steps you can take to save money, get healthier and lose some body fat in the process.

1. Shop your pantry

People often feel guilty about spending too much money on takeout, but many don't realize how much food and money they're wasting by not using the food they already have. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American family wastes $1,500 on uneaten food per year. So, taking inventory of what's in your pantry before you go shopping could help you make better choices.

2. Plan your meals

Developing a weekly menu and sticking to the plan can prevent you from impulse-buying less healthy options at the store. Instead of reaching for junk foods full of refined carbohydrates, prioritize meals that are higher in protein and healthy fats. The Nutrition Source at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports that a low-carbohydrate diet can be healthy for your heart — provided you consume healthy sources of protein and fat.

Another benefit to prioritizing protein and healthy fats is that you'll stay fuller longer, which may help you eat less.

"Protein takes more energy for you to digest than refined carbohydrates, and also gives your body a feeling of satiety," Dr. Michelle Hauser, a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School and a certified chef and nutrition educator, tells the Harvard Food Blog.

3. Buy in bulk

It may cost more upfront, but buying grocery items in bulk means paying less per item and cutting down trips to the grocery store. You can split the cost with a friend or family member to save even further.

As for the types of food to buy in bulk, those giant boxes of cookies probably won't help your health goals, but foods high in essential amino acids and essential fatty acids will. According to Cleveland Clinic, animal protein sources like beef, pork, eggs and fish are complete proteins because they contain all essential amino acids. Fish is also a great source of essential fatty acids, as are seeds and nuts.

Keep in mind that while there are healthier options of carbohydrates out there than the refined versions, there are no essential carbohydrates.

5 ways to save money, lose weight and get healthier, even during rapid inflation
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4. Get local

Eating foods in season is another great way to reduce waste and make healthier choices. If you don't want to grow your own produce at home, try picking up fresh foods (including the aforementioned beef, pork and eggs) at your local farmer's market.

5. Eat healthier

Most everyone knows that they can and should eat healthier, but this surprising step may be the single biggest way to save money. As mentioned above, controlling carbs, prioritizing protein and fueling with healthy fats will help you get to a healthier weight, which will help you feel better and save a lot of money in healthcare costs. It's the best kind of health insurance.

Even little actions add up. Writing for Business Insider, Joshua Rodriguez says that he saves approximately $200 per month on groceries by skipping out on fast food, cutting down on snack foods, and limiting packaged, frozen or canned foods.

And while saving money is nice, investing in your health is the biggest payoff of all.

5 ways to save money, lose weight and get healthier, even during rapid inflation
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​​Bringing solutions from research to the real world

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when you start your journey toward better health. Virtually no one has the time, knowledge, discipline or budget to plan, purchase and prepare perfectly healthy meals. As a result, people make hasty, convenient decisions about food — which can quickly torpedo their health goals.

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Does HLTH Code improve health and encourage weight loss?

To be clear, weight loss and better health are not necessarily synonymous. Simply losing weight doesn't make you "healthy." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says your best health starts with the right blend of nutrition. Eating the right things will boost your immune system, strengthen your muscles and bones, improve your gut health and ultimately lead to a longer life. Improving your appearance is just the icing on the (very healthy) cake.

Most people know that weight loss is rarely easy — but they don't understand why. According to Cleveland Clinic, your body burns fat "through a series of complicated metabolic pathways." You need the right combination of caloric balance and hormone changes for your body to get the message that it's time to burn fat instead of store it.

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