Joining the Armed forces, budget dieting help!

Answered on March 19, 2015
Created March 14, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Hi guys,

??I am in the process of getting fit for the armed forces and am utilising both tracking my calories and trying to implement a paleo diet within the constraints of a very tight budget.

I have made a few tweaks to make a paleo template doable such as:

1. Buying corn fed bottom of the line bulk chicken which is my main protein source

2. Eating potatoes and rice which I get for free

3. Eating canned beans and other legumes which I also get for free


??I am eating bread and anything but tracking my calories and I feel great and am losing weight but going to a more wholefoods approach is appealing to me which is making me consider the one above. Could I get some opinions?

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on March 19, 2015
at 12:22 AM

What part of the paleo diet are you trying to implement???

There are tons of threads for paleo on a budget, use the search box to find them.??

Bread is definitely NOT paleo, no matter how cheap it is, and most people don't consider beans and legumes to be "Paleo" (some do).??


Many of us think that though those foods you eat??are cheap, they will NOT help you "get in shape" (they will make you fat).?? So if you're really serious about changing your body composition to get into the military and you want to do it via Paleo, you need to look at truly paleo food options--eggs, canned fish on sale,??the chicken you buy is not optimal, but OK given your budget, ??natural fats (e.g. lard or bacon grease??is pretty inexpensive), some??organ meats are cheap, and vegetables (fresh or frozen, often found??on sale).?? Drop the bread, beans and go for nutrient dense proteins, fats, and veggies??instead of food volume.??

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