MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge, and it can be expensive too.
On average, people need to spend $1.50 more per day, or around $550 per year, to keep the healthiest diet, according to a study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health.
This means a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meat, fish and nuts, costs more than those with processed foods, meats and refined grains.
Protein pumps up the price, lean meats cost about .29 cents more per serving.
Grains, on the other hand, didn't show much of a difference.
Cher Milovich, Certified Personal Trainer at Core Fitness in Myrtle Beach, says preparation is the key to keeping pounds off and your wallet shut.
"Perfect preparation prevents poor performance. If you're prepared and you pack your cooler..you should have your apple with your tuna packet, you should have your Greek yogurt with your banana and that saves you money in the long run because you're not going out to eat all the time," she says.
More budget friendly foods are beans, peanut butter, eggs and frozen fruits and vegetables.
The department of agriculture recommends you eat approximately 2,000 calories a day. Fitness experts say that not all calories are equal, and it is important to monitor what you put in your body. The more you take in, the more you'll need to burn.
Programs like CrossFit, plates and personal training are great forms of exercise, but there are also ways to use what you already have to stay in shape.
Personal trainers recommend taking advantage of your down time.
"You know pick a show and within that hour of the show or half an hour of the show during the commercials, do sit ups or hold a plank," says Milovich. "Or, during those commercials, stand up and do squats, just simple air squats that you don't need a gym for, you don't need a machine, you don't need a personal trainer, you can just do it."
You can also practice squats against the wall, or use your coffee table for dips. Running outside is always a good option, and it's free.
Our bodies become accustomed to routine, so it is important to constantly change what you do.
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise and a good diet go hand-in-hand.
For more information on eating on a healthy budget from the USDA: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/healthy-eating-on-budget.html
To see details about the study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health: