To lose weight, you have to make a lifestyle change. You’ve improved the quality of food you’ve been eating, reduced the number of calories you’ve been consuming and have increased the amount of exercise you’re doing. Your grocery shopping habits become essential to the success of your weight loss. You have the most control over the food stored in your fridge and pantry. Small tweaks can make a big difference.
Follow These 5 Easy Tips On Your Next Trip to the Market:
Shop the Perimeter
This is where you will find the freshest foods, fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, and fish, along the store perimeter. Spend most of your time in these areas rather than the center aisles, where the packaged and processed foods are located. To avoid temptation, steer clear of the aisles that contain the snack foods.
Never shop when you’re hungry
Shopping for food when your stomach is growling is a recipe for disaster. Your judgment is seriously impaired, and all the wrong kinds of food are calling your name. When hunger isn’t an issue, you can focus on filling your cart with healthy stuff.
Leave the kids at home
If possible, shop at a time when the kids aren’t tagging along to test your patience and your willpower. You know how difficult it is to rein them in when you’re trying to shop. They want everything in sight, including that sugary cereal, that box of cookies, that candy bar… you get the point!
Make a shopping list
When you want to lose weight, you need to do whatever it takes to stay on track. Plan ahead. That means advance planning, preparation, and not leaving things up to chance. Bring a shopping list with you to the grocery store, so you can avoid impulse purchases and get all the healthy foods you need for your weekly meals.
Wear something figure-flattering to the store
Why not look put-together while you shop??! Sometimes putting on a figure-flattering outfit can help serve as a reminder of your fitness and nutrition goals.
What are YOUR Grocery Shopping for Weight Loss tips? Share them below!
Marcy has been a personal trainer since 2007. Her prior work experience was in the Healthcare industry, dealing with individuals who were seriously debilitated by disease or terminal. From observation and her own experience, she knew that becoming and remaining active ensures a better quality of life. “Remember, every choice you make today in fitness and nutrition affects your future well-being. A future that is full, healthy and satisfying is waiting for you.” What quality of LIFE do you want?