Your Weight Loss Journey Begins At The Grocery Store
When trying to lose weight, the grocery store can be either friend or foe. How you shop while there can play a major role in how your diet plays out. Smart food shopping is your best weapon against a myriad of health issues, including being overweight and unable to shed the pounds you want to. These first tips will help you get through the grocery store and the checkout stand with a much healthier basket. That's the first step on the road to weight loss, fitness, and better health.
Smart Food Shopping Tips to Help You Lose Weight
- Eat first. It’s very easy to be tempted by unhealthy foods when you shop hungry. You are also less likely to crack open an unhealthy snack on the ride home when you are full.
- Wear form-fitting clothes. If you are struggling with willpower, wear clothes that make you more body conscious. Wearing jeans and fitted shirts will make you aware of your current shape much more than a comfortable pair of baggy sweatpants.
- Plan your meals. One of the most effective ways to ensure that you eat healthy is to create a weekly meal plan. Not only do you not need to think about your food each day, you also have a makeshift grocery list ready to go when you shop.
- Create a list. When you are putting a meal plan together, take a note of the items that you need to complete all those meals for the week. It’s very easy to make unhealthy choices when you don’t have all the ingredients on hand.
- Start reading labels. There are all sorts of unhealthy things hiding in foods you might assume are healthy. Read labels and look for hidden sugars and fats.
- Try new foods. Eating healthy does not mean eating a salad every day. There are all kinds of tasty exotic foods out there that can fit nicely into your diet. Head to the produce section and take a shot with items you have never tried before.
- Take advantage of free samples. The habit of taking a single bite without going back for more is a great exercise in portion control.
- Learn while you shop. Many major supermarket chains are doing all they can to promote healthy eating, so take advantage of free recipes and seminars that they may have on offer.
- Stick to the perimeter. You have probably never noticed before, but the healthier food items tend to be located around the perimeter of the grocery store. Produce, seafood, and yogurt are just some of the things you’ll find there.
- Shop with a friend. If you have a health-conscious friend, try to shop at the same time they do, as they can help you make better choices.
- Stay focused while waiting in line. Grocery stores tend to stack the checkout line with impulse options. Check your phone or look at the magazine rack when there. Ignore the chips and candy bars.
Change Your Food Choices
The tips above will make you a more careful and savvy shopper. Learning to avoid the ingredients in processed foods that adversely affect your health is a giant step forward to better fitness while also losing weight. But, the next step is to actively change the choices you make in your daily diet. Here are the tips that will help you accomplish this goal.
- Load up on produce. Make sure that produce is what dominates your cart. A rainbow of colors in your shopping cart means that your nutrition levels are balanced.
- Select whole grains. White rice and bread are cheaper, but they are not as good for you as whole grains. Oatmeal, wheat bread, and brown rice are better options.
- Go lean with meat. Skinless chicken breasts and sirloin tip steak are healthier choices. Talk to the meat counter staff to discuss the healthiest options.
- Eat more fish. You should be looking to eat 2 servings of fish each week.
- Go with non-fat or low-fat dairy options. Rather than grabbing whole fat items, look for things like skim milk and non-fat yogurt.
- Cut back on processed foods. Yes, processed foods are convenient, but they are also expensive, and jam packed with trans fats and all kinds of weird chemicals. You can easily find healthy alternatives in the grocery store.
Smart Food Shopping Takes Time
Changing a lifetime of dietary choices and food shopping habits is not easy and may not happen overnight. After all, you may have been taught some of these habits since childhood. If you have trouble making big, wholesale changes in your life, you might try a more gradual approach. Begin by eliminating one or two unhealthy food choices from your shopping trip and try to replace them with a healthier alternative. Next trip to the store, do it again. In a relatively short time, you'll find that you're beginning to automatically make better choices and instinctively following the tips outlined above. Soon, you should be able to get out of the grocery story with bags full of healthy items.
Let RX Fitness Equipment Help
If you're thinking about making healthier choices for your diet and you'd like to discuss is with a professional, RX Fitness works with hundreds of nutritionists, coaches, and personal trainers. We'd be happy to refer you to one who can help. If you're looking for a great selection of fitness equipment and accessories of all kinds, we carry the top brands to fit every goal and budget and we're here to make your fitness routine more productive. Stop by our store in Thousand Oaks or give us a call. And don't forget to check out Tim's best-selling book, Fitness Equipment – A Shopper's Guide, available at Amazon and other online book sellers as well as in our store.
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