Welcome back to my new mini series. If you missed Parts 1 and 2, I strongly advise you read them first, just to see how I got to this stage. Their links can be found here and here respectively. Are you ready for my next installment?
So I think we’ve covered it – losing weight, can save you money. If you cut out on the takeaways, the meals out, the snacks, and the full priced pre-prepared ready meals. You learn to become shopper savvy, and that the more work/effort put into a food before it reaches the shelves, the more additives and more expensive it will be when you buy it.
However, what of the costs of losing weight? Surely there must be some reason we choose to eat the way we do? Well, here is where I will discuss the unseen costs of losing weight.
Let’s start with the obvious. The quantity of fresh food bought, there’s no way you can get through so much food in the short amount of time given before the fruit and vegetables go off. Yes, you can cook them and freeze them, or do whatever and freeze them. But then you’re missing the fresh stuff when you just want to take a bite of an apple.
All the weight loss experts (well, any I’ve heard) advocate fish, or lean meats. However, both of these can be quite expensive. Especially when you’re buying for a family. Yes, markets can be slightly cheaper, as can butchers or fishmongers. But the truth of the matter is, these will be the most expensive items on your shopping list.
The classes I go to are not cheap. They’re not expensive, but they certainly aren’t cheap. At least now on the mainland, I have the option of the online membership for a reduced cost. But whether is £3 or £6, it’s still added money on top of what you’re already spending on food each week.
Finally, and the true unspoken cost of losing weight, is the cost of the new clothes you will inevitably have to buy when you are losing weight. From underwear to every other item of clothing. And it’s not cheap! The day of writing this post, I put on what used to be my favourite autumn jeans. A deep purple, that I had bought as part of an outfit. I spent a good deal amount of money on the outfit less than a year ago, and now the trousers are too big and too baggy. I tried to add a belt, however they just look awful. I could cry.
The worst part about the clothing? You can’t just wait until you reach your goal wait before you change your wardrobe. No, instead you have to gradually go from one size to the next, never quite knowing whether or not the size you wear most frequently from one shop will fit you in another. It’s tiring. And did you know your feet will lose weight? I didn’t and now half my shoes don’t stay on my feet anymore. And I’m not even half way near my goal! It’s enough to make anyone regret losing weight.
So I suppose what we must ask ourselves is:
Do the costs outweigh the benefits? Would I rather spend a fortune on new clothes every few months, just so I can continue to lose weight and both feel and look healthier? The truth of it is, yes I would rather have a blow out every few months on a new wardrobe. The excitement when that dress that used to not even zip, finally zipping, sitting properly, and actually still having enough room to breathe? Well, you can’t put a price on that.
Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck with me through this series. I appreciate a week between each post can seem like a long break, especially when there are other posts going live in between them. But your thoughts and comments have interested me so much. Thank you.
Have you any pros and cons of losing weight that I haven’t mentioned in this series? Let us know them down below!