Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Cost of Weight Loss

There are certainly some costs in losing weight.

Food - even if you are doing it on your own plan, like me, the cost of buying better food can add up. 

Gym Fees - Anywhere from 30-100 per month depending where you go

Time Costs - Making good meals and exercising takes away time from your schedule each day.

But the costs of staying overweight are pretty high, too...

Food - While the cost of groceries may be higher, dining out budgets are usually HIGHER!  Why pay $15 for a plate of spaghetti at your favorite place, when you can eat a much healthier version at home for less than $2.00?

Clothes - Plus sized clothing can often cost a few dollars more than regular sized clothing (especially at Walmart where they so graciously  put that on their signs (Plus sized $2 more!)

Household Items - Bath sheets cost more than regular towels as do King sized beds and sheets and blankets.  Being bigger means bigger items which usually equates to more $$$$

Doctor bills:  High blood pressure, cholesterol, Diabetes, aches and pains, heart conditions...all associated with being overweight...add the medications and you've got a pretty good sum!

So at first the costs might seem high to lose the weight, but when you look at the other side of it, they are higher to keep the weight.  Since I'm all about saving money, I'm going for option A!

Happy Tuesday!


  1. I agree. The hidden costs of being overweight are much greater than the cost of losing it. Period.

  2. This is a great post! And you are soo true!

  3. Food does not have to be more expensive while you're losing weight - you may be buying more expensive quality food, but at the same time you're buying less crap. I think our grocery budget has increased by less than 10% over the last two years, and I think that is attributed to overall increasing costs.

    And the gym fee - you have to do something with your time, and the things you'd do while not being at the gym definitely would cost money, too.

    So, all in all - no costs, only gain. ^^

  4. Haha, love this spin on things!

  5. This is a great analysis! Thanks for this.

  6. I was just talking with my sister about this. About how she could easily eat heathier because she is not picky. Her excuse was that it cost more and with a one income family every penny counts.

  7. Wonderful post and oh so true!!

    Oh, and I have to agree with Diandra about the cost not really going up. For me, I realized as I quit buying as much junk food and replaced them with fresh fruits and such my grocery bill stayed pretty much the same.

    Great post and thanks for the reminder that it's worth it all!!

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