Grocery shopping at the supermarket can be dangerous for weight loss. Here are some tips to help you develop a strategy for avoiding temptation. Choose foods that easily fit into your schedule.
- Make sure you are not hungry when shopping at the grocery store or supermarket. Consume low-carb and low-calorie snacks or other foods allowed in your diet. This will prevent cravings and temptations at the supermarket. Even diet protein shakes can be an easy snack. If your refrigerator is stocked with low-calorie and carbohydrate foods, you can easily munch on them before going to the supermarket.
- Make a list of everything you buy at the supermarket and stick to it. Make sure that the list includes things that you are looking forward to eating and that fit with the menu you have chosen. If the shopping list includes at least one “treat” that is allowed by your food plan, you will feel better about getting that “treat” and avoid false temptations.
- Start in the vegetable section of the supermarket. In the vegetable aisle, start with those that are low in calories and sugar. Choose vegetables low in calories and carbohydrates such as cucumbers, celery, zucchini, asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, cabbage, onions and mushrooms. By this time, you are already on the right track to making smart choices and will feel that you are on the right track for your health and nutrition. This is an opportunity to congratulate yourself and avoid the temptation of the supermarket.
Don’t forget to congratulate yourself in the car for avoiding unhealthy foods while grocery shopping.
A refrigerator full of healthy, low-calorie, low-carb snacks makes it quick and easy to eat on the way to the supermarket. You can even whip up a quick protein shake as a snack before you go Indian grocery shopping.