We are only a few months into 2016 and some of you have already abandoned that “new year, new you” persona. Some of you might still be plugging away, but might not be seeing the results you were hoping for by now. While getting in the gym or just working out in general is the hardest thing to work into your routine, what truly derails someone off track is food. There is no amount of push-ups you can do if you all you do is go home and eat the same things. Now while there are many diets out there with their advocates, we’ll be talking about the low carb diet.

1..2..3..EAT!!!

The basics of the low carb diet are as such:

Eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables that grow above ground, and natural fats like butter

Stay away from sugar, starchy foods (bread, pasta, potatoes), and processed foods

Eating a low carb diet helps stabilize your blood sugar levels. Lower blood sugar levels lead to a drop in the fat storing hormone insulin, which leads to an increase in fat burning and a more satisfied feeling.

Uh-huh…What’s it Cost?

Let’s face it. Groceries are already expensive. Going organic or “all natural” only seem to increase the price further. No need to worry though, with some preparation and savvy shopping techniques, you can lighten the blow to your wallet. Two things you can do right now are:

• Shopping List/Coupons

• Portion Control

Before you go to the store on payday or whatever day you do your “major” shopping, make a list of what you need. After researching the low carb diet, find some recipes you like or want to try. Write down the ingredients, then see which ones you already have on hand.

Also, be on the lookout for coupons, deals and even in store promotions that will keep more money in your pocket. Buy some things in bulk for it’ll last longer. When you get these items home, plan your meals out. Including your snacks. Go as far as preparing them as well. True you can eat your fill with the low carb diet, but if you’re also looking to save money, it would be smart to plan out your meals. If your living arrangements include a backyard, think about growing your own vegetables.

The new year isn’t in full swing just yet. There’s still time to get back on track or increase your momentum.