By Shane Allen
Summer is almost here. You've been losing weight by following my advice of avoiding carbs, sugar, and alcohol. You're focusing on eating real meats, vegetables, eggs, cheeses and nuts and you're starting to feel great about how you look– there's one thing you should know: Don't tell anyone you're dieting.
I don't know about you, but my friends give me the hardest time when I'm watching what I eat. And if you're like me, you get a little self conscious and are more tempted to give in to your temptations. Either that, or you'll believe that one crazy friend who says, "But you look so great! You can afford one slice of pizza." Don't do it. That person is not your friend (at least when it comes to your diet).
Keep your decision to eat healthy and look better to yourself, at least until you've reached your goal. There is one exception: If you're dieting with a friend or loved one, certainly share your successes with them. Research shows that having a support group really helps in weight loss. If you don't have a support group, you can find one-on-one weight loss coaches online at PersonalTrainerFood.com. They have been through the struggle of weight loss and weight management, and know exactly what you're going through and how to overcome it.
Best Diets for Every Budget
If you're on a diet, don't tell your friends
Named U.S. News and World Report's best overall diet for four years in a row, this diet is definitely worth investigating. The DASH Diet integrates whole grain foods, fruits, vegetables, low- or non-fat dairy and fish or poultry, while limiting high-fat foods, salt and red meat. While fresh fruits and vegetable will cost you, cutting most red meat from you diet will make this diet wallet-friendly.
While the Paleo diet (eating like our ancestors did) isn't usually thought to be a low-price option, there are some simple ways you can do it on the cheap. Paleo Diet Lifestyle recommends buying products like olive oil in bulk, choosing cheap cuts and buying bone-in meats and buying whole or canned fish.
Traditional Mediterranean diets are proven to be incredible for your health! Even better, according to LearnVest, if you choose an inexpensive olive oil and stay away from the pricier varieties of products like tuna steak and chardonnay, you can expect to keep your bill within reason.
People often report feeling better, mentally and physically, after giving up gluten. This diet can be affordable if you follow one rule: eat foods that are naturally free of gluten. Products made specifically for gluten-free diets are often pricey. Opt for frozen or in-season fruits and veggies to keep produce prices low.
LearnVest calls the vegan diet "a steal" if done smartly. Be sure to cook for yourself rather than buy expensive prepared vegan cuisine. You can also find tofu for just half the price of ground beef per pound.
The Atkins diet helps dieters lose weight by cutting carbs from their diets. To make this protein-rich diet budget-friendly, try underrated cuts such as chuck and sirloin, always buy whole chickens and experiment with pork.
This government-endorsed diet centers around lowering cholesterol and begins with setting calorie goals. These calorie levels and limits on dietary cholesterol should curb overeating and help keep you within your budget. Cutting fatty meats can also help your bill.
The flexitarian diet closely resembles a vegetarian diet, but when a craving for meat strikes, they indulge. Flexitarians not only weigh 15 percent less than carnivores, but they also save money by spending less on pricey meat.
Number nine on U.S. News and World Report's best overall diets, the Ornish diet focuses on the overarching way you eat, exercise and live rather than on the specifics of your diet. Since the diet is so individualized, most of the time, it can work with any budget. Still, planning ahead and buying in bulk can keep costs down.
This trusted diet can help you shed between 6 and 10 pounds in two weeks and 1 to 2 pounds each week after until you reach your goal. The diet concept is split into two concepts, "Lose It" and "Live It." Dieters are discouraged from dining out during the "Lose It" stage and encouraged to cook at home, keeping your wallet happy.