How To Shop When Trying to Lose Weight

frozen-food-1336013_1920Do you hate the word diet? You should; it has taken on the wrong sort of meaning. Every culture has and always has had a “diet” which refers strictly to the types of foods they eat and perhaps the manner in which they consume or purchase food. The word “diet” makes thousands of westerners nervous because they need to lose weight or they suffer the health-related and social consequences of being chubby, fat, or even obese. Tell two people to go shopping — a thin one and a larger person — and ask them what their experiences have been. The slender person probably had a far better experience.

Why is Shopping Hard When You Need to Lose Weight?

People treat large individuals differently from thin ones. The public isn’t always as courteous or kind. Many women discover that men hold doors open for them if they are slim but not if they are big. This becomes clear when comparing stories with friends but also when they lose or gain weight and notice the difference in their own lives.

Shopping is also harder for a big person because of the pressure. There is simply too much choice, too much information, and a lot of junk on the shelves. How does a shopper on a diet avoid buying bad food? Here are some tips which might make the process easier.

Plan Ahead

A straightforward, hassle-free approach is to write a grocery list. This might seem too simple, but many people forget their list or think they can select food healthfully without a list. Think you can remember the five things you went out for? Don’t be surprised when only one of them comes to mind and a number of other items distract you. Next thing you know, the basket is full and, in your confusion, choices weren’t so healthy after forgetting the results of an internet search for healthy recipes. If there is any stress involved in shopping, create a clear plan.

Shop with Cash

Sometimes, plastic makes it too easy to buy more than we need. We hand over that little rectangle and pledge not to think about the cost of shopping today. We’ll deal with it at bill-paying time. Right now, who cares if you add a chocolate bar and a bag of chips to the cart?

If you pay with cash, it’s much easier to stay within your budget. Although this means you also carry a calculator around with you, most Smartphones have one of those built in. Local markets are especially good for shopping within a cash-only budget. They don’t usually accept credit cards anyway and the primary products at such markets are plant-based, not processed foods.

Set Aside a Separate Credit Card for Groceries

Maybe cash isn’t practical for some reason or you feel nervous about carrying around a lot of money. Arrange for a new daily limit on your debit card and leave the credit card at home. If you can only spend $50 per/day on groceries, make those $50 count.

Shop the Outer Aisles

Bad food is usually stocked deep inside the supermarket. Outer shelves contain fruit, vegetables, and meat. Stay out of the middle and away from junk.