If your goal is weight loss, you’ll need to give your grocery list an overhaul and start shopping strategically. One day at a time, meal after meal and with the right foods at home, you can make big changes. These tips will help you be more thoughtful and efficient at the supermarket:
1. Shop The Perimeter
This method means sticking to foods that are only along the walls of the supermarket. Think fresh produce, meats, poultry, seafood, dairy, and eggs. By only shopping the outer rim, you’re avoiding ice cream, processed foods, chips, soda, and all that other bad stuff.
2. Never Shop Hungry
Your hunger can absolutely take over your brain and dictate your decisions, so don’t let the hunger pangs tell you what goes in your cart and then into your pantry and eventually into your belly.
3. Get The Right Staples
Make a list of the healthy dry goods that you should always have in your pantry and tailor your grocery list accordingly, depending on what’s low and in need of a refill.
4. Make A List
Your grocery list is your plan of attack. You need to have that game plan, especially if you’re looking to lose a few inches around the waist. Plan what meals you’re going to make for the week. Evaluate what ingredients you already have and what you need.
5. Choose The Right Packaged Foods
Sometimes markets offer pre-prepared fresh veggies and fruits as well as lighter packaged meals for on-the-go eating. Be choosy and decide what will help save you time while maintaining your nutrition goals.
6. Choose The Right Stores
When you can, try to shop at local wet markets that offer peak-season produce and cheaper alternatives to supermarket goods. This will guarantee that you’re giving your body the highest-quality fuel for your weight-loss journey.
7. Use The Smallest Cart Or Basket
Shopping with a smaller cart forces us to re-think purchasing decisions and also ensures the refrigerator is stocked with only the amount of perishable food that can be used immediately.
8. Avoid Rush Hour
Try to go to the supermarket during off-peak hours (weekends are a no-no for this) because if there’s more people in the store that means longer lines, and longer lines mean more time you have standing in front of candy aisle that they put near the checkout.
(Text by Ellie McDonald, bauersyndication.com.au / Additional reporting by Natalya Molok)