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Just how do you diet on a low budget? How do ypu get the necessary nutrients from certain expensive food without buying it?
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I think eating in season is helpful, as well as trying to get a variety of foods. It allows you to get the varied nutrients that are in different foods.
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I live in a tropical country called philippines
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You obviously don't want to "diet," you want to change your everyday diet, which is a good thing.  Dieting is easy -- eat less, exercise more.  But changing your diet isn't so easy.  Different people do well on different diets, so generalizing is difficult, but one that seems to work is to eat fewer simple carbs.  Now, simple carbs, such as white bread and sugar, do tend to be less expensive than whole foods, but since they tend to lack nutrients, you don't have to eat as much of more nutrient packed foods to get your energy, so less food needs to be purchased.  Why don't you tell us what your diet is like now and how much you move each day?  A simple place to start is, substitute brown rice for white rice -- I know that's more expensive and not the way it's done over there, but it's a quick switch from a simple carb staple to a complex carb staple.  If you drink sugar-laden drinks, stop.  But beyond that, you'll get more help is we know what you're eating and moving life is like.
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For protein choose rump steak, diced beef or stir-fry beef,
Chicken thighs are much less expensive.
Canned fish packed in water is high in protein.
Eggs, natural yogurt, ricotta cheese, olive oil and nuts are good fats. As for healthy carbs, bananas, sweet potato, regular potatoes, pumpkin, brown rice and quinoa.
As for snacks, apples and oranges, whole-grain crackers.
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Just wondering, if you lived on an island nation, would you waste your time with canned fish?  And ricotta cheese in the Philippines?  And "regular" potatoes -- interesting story, the word for sweet potato when the Spanish came to the Caribbean was batata -- when they got to Peru, the potato the Inca lived on looked similar, and so they called it batata as well, which became potato -- are one of the fastest foods to metabolize to sugar in the system of them all (I think bagels are the highest, for some reason).  And beef is never diet food and isn't very healthy except as a rare treat -- this is an animal created by humans because unlike all the other animals around they wanted one really really high in fat and hard to digest.  Also, this person lives in the Philippines, where they have their own foods and way of preparing them; foods common here won't be common there and therefore will be expensive to obtain.
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Pax. With all you said you didn't answer the the question!
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Bobby998
                 You don't need a big amount of money to lost wight or diet. just eat the normal way you use to do and work out HARD in the gym.
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You're right, I didn't.  I can't.  I don't know anything about the person or what his life is like.  You answered poorly and without knowing anything about the person.  I suggested he give more info so we could help better.  Which do you think is the better approach?
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Well If you can't post 1 thing on the subject then don't say anything!
Poorly! the poster asked for inexpensive foods and that's what I posted. Just because the person lives in the Philippines doesn't mean they go fishing.
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Gym, two answers are going to come out, darn it.  You're right, I didn't answer the question.  I asked for more info, as we know nothing at all about this person's dietary or exercise habits, and without knowing that how can we offer help?  You, on the other hand, offered suggestions contrary to what the person mentioned, which was he was looking for inexpensive ways to do it, and you offered very expensive foods that are not much a part of the culture in the Philippines.  Whose approach seems best to you?  I mean, if you were being honest and not just trying to be an internet troll?
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