width=160Sometimes, we're sure that throwing money at our problems would mean solving them more easily. Paying for specially-prepared diet foods, employing a personal trainer, buying fancy workout clothes may all be attractive ideas, but financially impractical.

Is it possible to lose weight without spending a lot of money?

Many experts say that it is.

In a New York Times article psychologist Kelly D. Brownell (director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale) says that:

What matters most is your level of motivation and your willingness to change

Let's face it, that pricy gym membership won't be any use at all if you can't get up the motivation to ever walk through the doors. Those special diet packs of food may be nutritionally balanced, but they can't do anything to stop you succumbing to the lure of a candy bar.

Some dieters even report they save money whilst losing weight. Here are some ideas you might like to try:

  • Cut out fast food, take-out coffees and vending machine treats. The money (and calories) you save will really add up over the week.
  • During the second world war, rationing actually improved the diets of many people by restricting the amount of sugar, butter, cheese etc that could be purchased. You may want to give the ration book diet a try.
  • Instead of buying lunch at work, brown-bag a healthy, cheap option. Try these weekly lunch menus and shopping lists (from a UK website).
  • Walk, cycle or jog as an alternative to driving or paying for public transport.

Are you using the credit crunch to put off dieting, or have you managed to lose weight without spending much money?