Too many visits to my doctor recently have convinced me it’s time to do something about a problem I’ve ignored for years: obesity.
I’m obese — according to BMI and the medical charts at my doctor’s office, and it’s a problem I haven’t wanted to come to terms with until now. Losing weight should help solve a lot of my medical problems, and as a personal finance writer, I’m wondering if losing weight will also help me save money.
My goal is to lose 50 pounds within the next 365 days — or about a pound a week. If I get there, I’ll still be overweight, but at least I won’t be as fat and will have a better starting point to hopefully someday get to a normal weight.
Unfortunately, I’m not alone. Nearly half of U.S. adults are expected to be obese by 2040, according to a report by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.
Saving money with weight loss isn’t my ultimate goal, of course, but it gives me a bit more incentive and another angle to write about that readers may learn from.
While I’ve just started this year-long quest, there are some things about trying to lose weight and saving money that I’ve quickly come across, and others that I’ve researched. Here are some ways I hope to save money by losing weight:
Fewer doctor’s visits
I’ve been going to a chiropractor for years for lower back pain. He used to charge $25 per visit years ago, but that’s now up to $40. Every time I make that payment I leave his office thinking of many other ways to spend or save that $40.
I recently started lap swimming, and that $40 would almost buy a monthly pass at my local pool.