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TUESDAY JANUARY 6 2015 BUSINESS 23 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA or other options such as dinners only. A seven-day full meal plan at 1200 calories costs $137 and for 1800 calories its $168. GYMS Prices vary widely, but joining a gym will typically cost you $15 to $30 a week, although some of the new 24-hour chains may be a little cheaper. Personal trainers usually charge between $50 and $80 an hour, while group personal training sessions can be as low as $10 per person. joining fee then sign up for group coaching (standard $74.90 per month) or online coaching (standard $33.30 per month). Three months of one-on-one coaching, live or over the phone, is $279.90. LITE N EASY Meals and snacks are delivered to your door weekly (in most states). There are no joining fees or contracts, and you can pay for full meal plans component costs about $100-$150 per week, although Jenny Craigs aim is to eventually get you preparing your own food. WEIGHT WATCHERS Instead of packaged meals, Weight Watchers uses a points-based system for choosing food; it provides weight-loss coaching, recipes and online tools. According to the website, you pay a JENNY CRAIG You get pre-packaged food, coaching and support from consultants, and online tools. Programs start at $99 and the food HQmoney saver SPENDING TIME: How long does it take to manage your money CARD SHARP: Are credit card rewards worth it? Burn calories, not cash Aussies are shelling out big dollars in a bid to lose weight, write Anthony Keane and Emma Blake OUTDOOR GYM: Health and fitness authors and My Kitchen Rules contestants, Luke Hines and Scott Gooding work out at the local park. Picture: CARLY EARL BURNING off Christmas kilos can be an expensive exercise, but a back-to-basics approach should slim down your waistline and your spending. In theory, eating less will fatten your bank account, but the $6 billion-plus Aussies spend each year on health, fitness and weight loss tells a different story. Researchers say we fork out about $900 million on gym memberships, $400 million on personal trainers, $600 million on weight-loss services and products, $1.2 billion on home gyms, $1.2 billion on athletic clothing, and more than $2.2 billion on sporting goods and memberships. Heres our guide to getting into shape without knocking your budget out of shape. FOOD FOR THOUGHT The right food focus is vital, say health and fitness authors Luke Hines and Scott Gooding, who were on My Kitchen Rules and have written three books. Create large meals that are cost effective that will feed you for more than one meal, Gooding says. If you buy 1kg of mince and heaps of veg, you could make a big casserole or a bolognese. Themis Chryssidis, a dietitian and co-founder of healthy cooking school Sprout, says the cost of doing a proper shop for seasonal produce will be much lower than paying for a weight-loss program. Eat seasonal foods everything is always cheaper and lasts longer. Use whole foods as much as you can, and eat real foods rather than relying on detoxes and other things that, to be honest, our body does naturally. USE IT OR LOSE IT Paying for a gym membership or weight-loss program is worth the money for many people because it gives them motivation and guidance . Just make sure you know what you are paying for and you follow the program. Cheating or skipping sessions is wasting your time and money. Chryssidis says getting guidance can help many people develop good habits and a solid knowledge base. Everyone knows the difference between a Mars Bar and an apple you just have to get them to choose the apple. THE CHEAPEST EXERCISE Walking costs nothing. Running may cost you a decent pair of shoes. And research is finding that getting fit doesnt have to cost you a lot of time either. Hines says highintensity interval training for just four minutes a day can achieve results. You dont need an expensive gym membership or equipment to achieve weight loss or fitness goals, he says. The local park or even your backyard or loungeroom are convenient, and functional body weight exercises can work every part of your body using your body for resistance rather than gym equipment. Simplesavings.com.au founder Fiona Lippey says being active is the key and is free. Have you ever noticed how thin backpackers are? They are not spending money to lose weight, they are just always moving, she says. START WITH A PLATE Lippey says all weight loss programs have a simple and similar key to success: eat less. Buy a smaller plate and serve yourself less. You will notice the hunger for a couple of days and then you wont, she says. Keep it simple by reducing the amount of food, and keep moving. Hines says when people think they are hungry they may be either dehydrated or bored. If you feel hungry, have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes. LOOK LONG TERM A healthy lifestyle will save you money down the track through lower medical costs, fewer sick days, and many health funds will offer rebates to members who undertake weight loss and fitness programs. THE COST OF WEIGHT LOSS
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