I’ve started eating healthier and losing weight without spending a fortune thanks to an unlikely ally: Costco
- Intermittent fasting is a diet protocol that primarily consists of fasting for 16 hours a day and restricting your caloric intake to an eight-hour window.
- With its low prices and bulk food products, Costco allowed me to realize my full intermittent fasting potential by simplifying the way I prepare and eat meals.
- For me, intermittent fasting has been a great way to lose weight, improve my overall health, and save money.
- You can use the Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi to earn 2% back on eligible in-store and online Costco purchases, including food.
Late last year, I realized I needed to make a number of changes in my life related to food and diet. I made a simple list of my goals:
- Spend less money
- Eat healthier and consume more plant-based foods
- Have more structure in my diet
- Lose weight
After some research and experimentation, I realized that all of these goals could be achieved through intermittent fasting, a diet protocol that restricts your eating window to eight hours a day. You choose a window when you’d like to eat, such as 9 am to 5 pm, and you fast the rest of the day.
While this diet has worked for me, it’s not right for everyone. You should always consult with your doctor before beginning any sort of diet or exercise regimen, including intermittent fasting.
How Costco helped me achieve my intermittent fasting goals
Spending less money
My diet and budget have long suffered because of my schedule — I was always running out the door first thing in the morning, then splurging on breakfast at a cafe or coffee shop.
I realized I would have to change my behavior and start meal-prepping if I wanted to get on the intermittent fasting train, something that Costco’s bulk deals seem designed for.
I started out slow and easy with overnight oats. A five-pound box of Quaker Oats Old-Fashioned Oatmeal from Costco could last me almost two months, and cost just under $10. Carbs have proven key to keeping me full and feelings of food deprivation at bay.
Later, I bought a six-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker for $90 and started using it to make quinoa, lentils, and rice every morning, which I could also take with me for lunch in a Tupperware.
Having such heavy food in a short, eight-hour window meant that I didn’t have room (or the desire) for a lot of costly snacking.
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