Grocery Shopping While Dieting
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Food shopping can be dangerous when you're trying to lose weight. It is easy to buy impulsively. Arm yourself with these top ten survival skills.
- Plan ahead. Prepare a weekly menu, including regular meals and snacks to minimize impulse buying.
- Make a list before you go shopping, and stick to it. Let your list be a compass that guides you on a safe course through the supermarket. And be sure to make up the list at home -- after you've eaten!
- Choose a nutrition-friendly grocery store. Look for a store with shelf-labeling, nutrition booklets, recipe cards, and a variety of healthy foods at reasonable prices.
- Keep your shopping trips to a minimum -- once a week, if possible. This saves time and limits temptation.
- Get into the label-reading habit. Check the serving size, calories, and fat per serving so you know what you're getting.
- Bypass the danger zones: aisles filled with your "problem" foods and tasting islands with free food samples.
- Shop when you're well-rested and well-fed. You're more likely to purchase high-calorie junk food when you're hungry.
- Do not overbuy or become coupon driven. Avoid the economy size of "problem" foods. If you have trouble controlling your portions, buy single-serve containers.
- Take your groceries home unopened. Don't nibble on food in the store or on the way home.
- Ask your local grocery-store manager to stock any items that you can't find. The wider variety of lower-calorie foods on your supermarket shelves is largely due to customer requests.