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By Miral Fahmy

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Times may be lean, but that's no excuse to bulk up, with a new book detailing ways to shape up and eat better on a tight budget -- if you're willing to wait a while to see results.

"The Tight Arse Diet," published next month, is the seventh book by Australian nutrition and fitness consultant Andrew Cate who also runs his own personal training studio.

The book was partly inspired by the global economic meltdown -- one of Cate's catchlines is "could an abdominal crunch save us from the credit crunch?" -- but also stems from the author's belief that eating well and losing weight really need not be a wallet draining exercise.

"Every tip in the book does two things: save money and help you to lose weight," Cate told Reuters by telephone.

"If you can follow six to eight tips over a period of 12 months you can lose about 10 kgs (about 22 pounds) and save A$2,500 ($2,275)."

Cate said that as a personal trainer, he was constantly being asked whether his services -- or a gym membership -- were actually worth paying for.

"I always said that if you have one less packet of crisps and one less coffee every day for a year, you can afford your own personal trainer. And maybe, that way, you won't even need them," he added.

Cate uses scientific research to support all his tips, which range from healthy recipes, meal plans and lifestyle changes that he says should be easy to follow -- because unlike many fitness regimes or fad diets, they're not drastic and can be incorporated into your day.   Continued...

 
<p>A Ghanaian man nicknamed "Tiger" lifts weights at a makeshift outdoor gym in the northern city of Tamale, January 28, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>