What is the best diet plan for a college student with a limited budget for food?

July 17, 2011 by  
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Question by canadianboy23: What is the best diet plan for a college student with a limited budget for food?
I was looking into the okinawa diet, the warrior diet, v-diet ect. I am a college student and i can cook my own meals but i have a budget of about 30 dollars a week for food. Can anyone reccommend the best diet plan for this, and also give some examples of what to buy at the grocery store? also just fyi, im 6’5″ 230 pounds with about 12 percent body fat and work out 6 days a week on average an hour a day.

Best answer:

Answer by Hutchy
30 dollars a week?!
ok hmm, well for breakfast u coul get
cereal(3-4 dollars)
milk-(a few dollars)
for lunch
deli meat
more fruit
ur choice.

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3 Responses to “What is the best diet plan for a college student with a limited budget for food?”
  1. Heda says:

    1.When you are hungry, EAT: why because starving yourself isn’t cool and by eating small snacks through out the day will fasten up your metabolism helping to loose the weight.When you starve yourself your body goes into ‘survival mode’ it slows your metabolism and your body starts to store fat. When you eat when you are truly hungry you tell your body there will always be enough food and so you metabolism is likely to speed up.

    2.Eat what you want, not what you think you should: When you go on a diet and told you shouldn’t eat this or you shouldn’t eat that those foods become more appealing to you so when you do eat them you pig out on them and over indulge. Eat what you want but in moderation.

    3.Eat CONSCIOUSLY and enjoy every mouthful: don’t shovel your food down quickly insted eat it at a steady rate and actually enjoy the food, for example if your eating a bowl of pasta have a spoon full put your knife and fork down and chew it slowly than pick the fork up and have another spoon, this works because your body takes a bit to realized your actually full so eating it slowly will give your body time to notice your full so your not over eating and feeling bloated and sick afterwards

    4.When you think you are full, STOP eating: Even if you have still have half a plate of food left over stop and have more of it later when your feeling hungry. This also help to stop with bloating and over eating, your body knows when its had enough to eat and it will tell you so listen to it! Over eating is how you would have put most of your weight on so more smaller portions of food is better.

    in the way of exercise try buying yourself one of those walking counters wear it all day and at night look how much you have walked and try and walk more and more each day than the day before.

    Also do interval training for example if your on a treadmill walk for a few minutes than jog than back to walking than run. Or run up a hill than walk down than run back up again, Do small, easy weights once or twice a week. By doing a program silimar to this tricks your body so it doesn’t know what is coming next and doesn’t bore you which burns more calories than if you were to just spend 30m Min’s jogging on a treadmill, doing light weights also burns calories plus tones without bulking your muscles up. Being ‘bulky’ like a body builder ect comes with serious hard work and if you suddenly stop your weight and exercise program your muscle turns into fat faster making it harder to get rid of.

    I highly suggest you take on a exercise and weight loss program like this than any diet pills or anything else, remember that to keep weight off the more steady you loose it the more likely you have of keeping it off. Looking back at most of the Biggest loser contenders around the world I’m sure you’ll see most of them have put either all or more weight back on due to how fast it came off.

  2. cyn_texas says:

    12% body fat would put you in the category of very lean athlete with no need for weight loss. I would suggest you stick to whole foods as much as possible. I’ve been doing Atkins low carb way of eating for the past 6 years, I am disabled with limited funds and eat a lot of chicken, turkey & eggs.

    Walmart (and most grocery stores) usually have 10# chicken leg quarters for $4 ($.40#) I make lots of soup (bone stock) or chicken pizza cacciatore, sugar free pasta sauce (or alfredo sauce) pepperoni, mushrooms, mozzarella over steamed cabbage. I usually get a 20# turkey for .68# – I love love love my rotisserie and make turkey every couple of months. Turkey soup, turkey salad, turkey tetrazinni over cabbage. I buy the cheapest pork $1# add it to green mexican sauce with fruit add greens & ground flax seed.

    I buy lots of canned greens, collard, mustard, turnip – for high nutritional value and lots of fresh cabbage some frozen broccolli. I usually buy store brand processed cheese (twice the cheese for half price) – Bacon ends & pieces in 4# package – ground flax seed (lots) – canned tuna & mackerel – Buy mayo in the gallon container (about half price as equal amount smaller containers)

    Ground flax seed (2-3 Tbsp) 1/4 cup of water, cinnamon, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle and nuke for 1.5 min. for hot cereal or 2 min. for more of a muffin type thing. Great low carb, high fiber treat.

    Chia seeds sound so expensive but 1# will make 10# food (when you can splurge some – Amazon.com has couple lbs. for $15 shipped to you.

    I also order off Amazon – Lowrey’s Pork Rinds 18 for $15 – they pop like popcorn and are portion controlled.

    Faux tapioca – 2 cups of water, 5 scoops of low carb whey protein powder, stir together & add cup of chia seeds, after they have started to absorb the water, add in 2 cans of coconut milk & artificial sweetener if you like and mix it all in. Can be eaten after an hour but will be better tomorrow. Cream a pkg. of cream cheese into a can of pumpkin and add to the faux tapioca for an even more nutritious pumpkin pie pudding

    If I only had a few bucks and nothing to work with at home (no basics) I’d buy cheapest per pound of rice, dried beans, bag potatoes, pasta, tomato paste, salt & 10# chicken leg quarters. (you could render chicken fat and use on potatoes instead of buying butter or margarine and use in cooking instead of buying oil) You should be able to get all that for about $10+ Usually (not always) you can get twice as much for very little more money. Consider quantity for $ versus cheapest unit price.

    I try not to buy anything over .50 a pound when I’m watching pennies. Most stores sell 10# of chicken leg quarters for $4-$5 (less than .50#) and well worth it for the bones alone. Do not waste the bones & fat, render the fat & use for cooking, chop up fat chunks left over after rendering and add to soups & sauces with some of the meat. Don’t eat the meat alone, add it to sauces and soups to stretch it. You can use the bones 3-4x to make bone stock (add vinegar and simmer a couple of days) Do not include meat in the long simmering. I add my old bones to my new bones and store in freezer. Use the stock to make soups and add to everything for more nutrition. Eggs are sometimes cheap. Buy lots if they are less than $1 dozen (wash egg shells with vinegar and add to bone stock for more calcium) Store brand processed cheese is usually half cost of hard cheese

    Fresh cabbage is about the cheapest most versatile veg. Carrots are usually cheap and nutritious also. Canned collard, turnip and mustard greens are all highly nutritious and fairly cheap & can be added to soups & sauces for added nutrition. Canned tomatoes, watch the per ounce prices, don’t just grab. You would probably be better off just using tomato paste and adding water or bone stock. A little tomato paste will make a lot of tomato sauce or you could make catsup with it. Sometimes you can get huge gallons of pickles fairly cheap (couple bucks) Make sure you have apple cider vinegar on hand.

  3. A1 says:


    I am always impressed that there is oftentimes some good advice and good links from people helping others through Yahoo_Answers.

    Firstly, in the PS attached to the link below is a menu for increasing a person’s nutrition on_the_cheap, and can be fairly inexpensive if you stick to a diet of lentils, onion powder, boiled celery, canned spinach, and a sugar cider vinegar vinaigrette for all your meals and nutrition. The cheapest would be eating only lentils, but I would be concerned with symptoms of malnutrition after a while, so the next most important and least expensive nutrition would be canned spinach, and then more expensive and less nutritious vegetables calorie per calorie would be celery or other vegetables like broccoli.

    Secondly, after reading your question I saw you might be interested in optimizing your nutrition [(-:] so even though I may not answer your question exactly as you may have wanted it answered, I thought I would take the time to pass on some pointers I have learned the hard way from my own bad ‘uninformed’ choices, so you could learn about good advice and bad advice about good nutritional choices.

    After having many bad health problems from listening to people who knew very little about the consequences of choosing LOW nutritional statistics, I really-really encourage you to learn from good nutritionists what to eat for a life time. [See below]

    My best to you and to your future health,


    I have learned what I now know after my own lengthy research efforts to improve my health – after ‘FINALLY’ listening to unbiased researching nutritionists. I have shared extensively concerning the most critical nutritional statistics that are common to us all at: <> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091005174358AAgZawf

    Also, the only ranking I have ever found to be helpful for me for various foods was from Dr. Fuhrman’s work. I modified his list and posted it at <> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091016160457AAkysKW

    Lastly, after all my previous health problems due to following a-lot of bad advice, I can now understand the frustrations of other health researchers in the following quote within “The China Study” by T Colin Campbell pg 1: >>==>

    “Even though information and opinions are plentiful, very few people truly know what they should be doing to improve their health.”

    “This isn’t because the research hasn’t been done. It has. But the real science has been buried beneath a clutter of irrelevant or even harmful information – junk science, fad diets and food industry propaganda.”

    “The China Study” by T Colin Campbell pg 1

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