Tips For Healthy Shopping To Lose Weight

Grocery shopping day is important for anyone trying to lose weight and eat healthier. Other than eating out, the items you pick up from the grocery store that day will likely determine how well you stick to your diet goals until the next time you go.

Since grocery shopping is so important to keeping on track with your weight loss plan, shop wisely with these tips in mind to ensure that you make the best choices possible:

Healthy Shopping Tips:

  1. You’ve heard it before, but it still stands true: don’t shop for groceries on an empty stomach. You are much more likely to cave into impulse purchases and cravings if you are hungry. Even people that are not dieting can succumb to the temptation of filling their cart with food items that they never intended to buy at the grocery store. The stores are actually set up utilizing psychologists for that purpose.
  2. Stick to the outer parts of the grocery store. This is where the healthiest foods are located: dairy, produce, breads, and meats are all typically located on the exterior walls. Dried, processed, and frozen foods are generally located in the center. Spend as much time as you can on the outside perimeter.
  3. Read the nutritional labels. You should be doing this if you are trying to lose weight anyway, but by the time you get a product home it’s too late you’ll likely just eat it anyway. Spend the extra time while shopping to check out the labels on your favorite foods and search for healthy substitutes on the surrounding shelves. Be sure to check out organic and all-natural options, usually sectioned off on an aisle by itself.
  4. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables over canned offerings. Canned vegetables cannot always be avoided but when there are fresh alternatives, they are likely to be far better for you. Canned fruits can be loaded with sticky corn syrup and sugars and canned vegetables are sometimes loaded with preservatives and sodium – not things you want to regularly ingest while you’re trying to eat healthier and lose weight. When fresh vegetables aren’t available, frozen vegetables are still a better option than canned.
  5. Look for free-range and grass-fed meats for the healthiest options. Many animals are loaded with steroids by producers for optimum growth. When you eat an animal that has been injected with steroids, you are also taking in those steroids. Though typically a slight bit more expensive, free-range chickens and grass-fed cows are always healthier and you are supporting a more humane means of producing livestock for food to boot!

Enjoy your next health trip to the supermarket!

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