How To Grocery Shop The Right Way and Lose Weight Fast

"How do I shop for groceries? I want to buy everything."

"I'm overwhelmed by the amount of food I want to put in my shopping cart."

"How do I control what I buy when I go to the supermarket?"

"How do I show some restraint when grocery shopping?"

Your local supermarket can be your best friend or a garden of temptation.

How you shop and what you buy can make a huge difference in how much you weigh and how healthy your body is.

Let's check out 11 ways you can change the way you shop for groceries so you can lose the weight you want.

Eat first.

Everything looks good when you're starving. Shopping on a full stomach makes it easier to resist tearing into a box of cookies on the drive home.

Will you remember to eat beforehand?


Wear fitted clothing.

If your will power needs some reinforcement, wear clothes that make you conscious of your body. Jeans and dress pants will remind you of your current size. All kinds of changes can sneak up on you if you spend your life in sweat pants.

Are your clothes tight fitting?


Plan weekly menus.

If healthy eating is still less than automatic for you, planning menus in advance may give you the structure you need. It will also help suggest what you really need to buy and what you're better off skipping.

What's your weekly food plan/menu?


Make a list.

Having a list to refer to will help you remember to get the essentials for keeping your kitchen stocked. As long as most of your purchases are sensible, you can add a special treat to your cart and still feel successful.

What's on your list?


Read the labels.

Hidden fats and sugar lurk in many products. Read the side of the cereal box to see if the ingredients live up to the claims on the front.

Will you scrutinize the product labels?


Try something new.

Variety will help you enjoy food more even if you're eating less. Experiment with exotic produce. Indulge in the tutti-frutti flavor of cherimoya. Roast a chayote squash or grate it over a salad.

Are you curious and experimental type?


Enjoy free samples.

For the ultimate in portion control, stop for free samples. It will help you get used to appreciating one bite without going back for more.

Do you like the word free? Who's got the samples?


Continue your education.

Even mainstream supermarkets are trying to appeal to health conscious consumers. Check out the free recipes and seminars that many stores offer.

How food educated are you?


Shop the perimeter.

The highest quality foods tend to be found around the outer rim. That's where you'll find produce, tofu, yogurt and fish. Only visit the inner aisles for specific items on your list and you'll bypass most of the empty calories.

Do you know where the healthiest food is located?


Take a buddy.

Making shopping more social can reinforce your good intentions. Friends can help friends reconsider buying bacon.

Who is coming with you?


Stay busy while standing in line.

The checkout line bombards you with impulse options. Check your phone messages or read the magazine covers.

What will distract you?


Change the Foods You Select:

What are your favorite fruits and vegetables?

Fill up on produce. Devote most of your cart to fruits and vegetables. Buying a variety of colors is simple way to ensure balanced nutrition.

What's tasty and has got the whole grains you need?

Pick out whole grains. White bread and rice may cost less, but whole grains are a better value. Buy whole wheat bread, brown rice and oatmeal.

Do you like meat?

Look for lean cuts of meat. Buy sirloin tip steak and skinless chicken breasts. Ask the counter people for help identifying the leanest cuts.

What fish will you eat?

Buy more fish. Aim for at least 2 servings of fish a week. Many recipes are fast and easy.

What healthier dairy alternatives can you grab off the shelves?

Switch to low-fat or nonfat dairy products. Pass over the whole fat dairy items. Grab the nonfat yogurt and skim milk.

How much processed "garbage" food do you consume?

Limit the processed food. You could be paying a high price for convenience food. In addition to the higher price tag, frozen dinners and commercial crackers often contain trans fats and mysterious chemicals. On the other hand, it takes just minutes to bake whole wheat pita chips at home.

Learn to navigate around your supermarket wisely and you'll find that you will lose weight and feel MUCH healthier.

So the next time you are grocery shopping, bring home nutrient dense foods that you and your family will love.

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