3. Eat at home more often
To save money and pounds, start tracking how often you eat out and how much you spend on those meals each month, then gradually cut back. “People who eat out a lot tend to eat less-healthy food and to be heavier,” says Melodie Yong, dietitian for the Heart and Lung Institute of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. In fact, the decline of cooking at home tracks very closely with the rise in obesity over the past 30 years, she notes.