Smart Shopping Tips for Dieters

shopping foodPart of losing weight is to be able to make time to prepare your own food, starting with a weekly trip at your local supermarket. With loads of different kinds of food available on every aisle, how can you be able to resist the temptation of buying items you are not supposed to buy?

More often than not, we just give in and buy whatever our hands could get hold on such as processed and packaged foods. However, there is a way to beat this defeating process of buying healthy and whole foods.

Make a list and stick to it

Write down the healthy food items that you intend to buy for the week ahead. List all similar ingredients together (a column, for instance, for vegetables) to make it less likely to forget an item you are supposed to buy. Make sure to cross out any item you have bought and avoid adding any other unneeded item with the list.

Venture along the edges of the store

Did you know that most supermarkets put their healthier foods at the perimeter of the store? Items such as dairy, bread, produce, and meats/ seafood can be found along the outer edge of the supermarket. Meanwhile, junk food and processed foods are located in the middle aisles. Do not venture deeper into the store as you may get tempted into comparing labels of the latest chips or grabbing a bottle of soda.

Know where to go

If you have been a frequent visitor of your local supermarket, you may have known by now where to go when buying for vegetables or any other item you need for the week. If you do not know where to go, simply look at the aisle signs instead of going up and down every aisle or you may end up buying an additional item on every aisle. For instance, if you are planning to buy strawberries, head for the fresh foods section and not veer into the freezers and check out for any strawberry-flavored ice cream. If you still do not know where to go, simply ask for help, preferably with the supermarket staff.

Go straight to the checkouts

Once you have bought all that you need, head to the checkout counters. Avoid wandering aimlessly along the aisles before you end up on shelves of cake mix and "innocently" think of baking a cake for the weekend. Fight the desire to buy whatever unneeded item you may have missed.