I sat in front of Walmart in my car Saturday morning to hopefully disprove a shocking statistic. I had just read that 2/3 of Americans are overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. That means that roughly 66 out of every 100 Americans are overweight! So I watched the first 100 people enter Walmart and tabulated whether they were overweight or not. You will not believe how many people out of 100 were overweight?
66! 2/3 of the customers entering Wal-Mart were overweight. 15 of the 66 were obese to the point that they had trouble walking. It wasn’t a perfect study but I had a pretty good sample of Americans. It included a mix of Caucasian, African-American, and Hispanics of all ages. I did not count children.
My passion is to help people find ways to lose weight and debt. There are opportunities every day to help you along the way. (Even at Walmart.)
Here are 4 ideas on how to lose weight and debt during your weekly visits to Wal-Mart:
- Park your car at the back of the Walmart parking lot. And walk one lap around the entire inside of the store before you start locating the items on your shopping list. You will be walking about a mile. If you go to Walmart twice a week, you will burn about 300 extra calories a week. This is about a 4 pound loss in a year’s time.
- Make a shopping list of the necessities you need ahead of time, and stick to the list. In order to be skinny and debt free, you need to understand and respect the difference between a need and a want. You should do everything possible to stick to the needs and leave the wants out of the cart. Also, avoid convenience foods that are already prepared, or any prepackaged foods.
- Do not buy the impulse items at the checkout counter. Not even a pack of gum. Avoiding these tempting items can save you up to $600 a year and eliminate unnecessary calories.
- Do not buy any liquids that have calories or chemicals in them. If you are buying liters of Coke, fountain drinks, energy drinks or bottles of water, you could be spending up to $25.00 a week or more on liquids. This is $1300 a year that could be applied to your past due debt. Instead, use tap water which is abundant and free. Give up the Coke, and you could also save about 200 calories a day or approximately 20 pounds a year from making this single change.
It is possible to eat your way out of debt. Make a few small changes in your food and drink choices, and you can be both skinny and debt free. You can even be successful at Walmart.
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Martin Sher, Co-CEO of AmSher Compassionate Collections® is on a mission to help 5 million people lose weight and be debt free.
Martin is past president of ACA International, and author of the Collector’s Pledge — hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect.