So we are continuing with our fat as debt series….
I watched my first ever episode of ‘Extreme Couponing’ the other night, and it made me realize that Only a SUCKER pays full price when they don’t have to – after all, if you can pay less for the same item…why wouldn’t you?
(Now, there’s a caveat to this statement, but that will come at the end of this blog post.)
OK, so what does couponing have to do with food and fat loss? Simple.
You’re daily eating is a budget..only instead of dollars to spend you have calories to consume.
So your goal is to get the most value while spending the least amount of calories.
This is why Fruits and Vegetables are very important when it comes to diets.
Big value (taste) low cost (calories)
And why a burger and fries is not the best choice when dieting
Big value (taste) high cost (calories)
But here is what we’ve learned from extreme couponing:
If you save where saving is possible (eating fruits and veggies or simply choosing not to eat), then you can afford to occasionally spend on ‘big ticket items’ – ie chocolate.
So in a way, dieting is all about finding all the places where you can avoid paying full price..with the understanding that it’s more than worth it to occasional pay full price on some luxury items now and again (as long as you don’t blow your budget).
It all comes down to knowing your budget and how quickly you want to pay back your (fat) debt.
PS – the CAVEAT – paying less for things you don’t need isn’t good debt management, and it’s not good fat-debt management either, so just because it’s lower calorie, it still counts, so if you really don’t need it, then it doesn’t matter if it’s a good deal, it’s still excess.
PPS – Personally, I like to combine my debt management with lump sum payments once or twice a week a la Eat Stop Eat 😉