I had to buy some things I don’t normally buy in order to do Atkins, like the essential (ha ha) indulge bars. You get 5 little bars from Walmart for $4.88.
Plus I bought turkey meatballs, eggs, protein powder, chicken and apple sausages (from Costco, yummo), and cheese. It costs money to lose weight whether you’re doing something like Atkins, South Beach, Jenny Craigs or Weight Watchers.
I think that’s why it works. When I know I’ve paid extra money for Atkins bars, I don’t want to blow my Atkins diet by eating my kid’s pretzels or sandwiches and undoing the progress I’ve made. That’s wasting money and my frugal self is not into that!
So I believe when you invest money into getting healthier, whether it’s a gym membership or healthy food, you will be more successful. We take stuff seriously when it costs us money.