Shop Smart for Medical Weight LossPosted: May 6, 2015 in Healthy Eating by Craig Primack MD FACP
A weight loss program will help you cut down on calories, but it is up to you to decide what foods are going to comprise your diet after your medical weight loss. Healthy groceries form the backbone of any healthy diet. For you and anyone else who lives in your home, having healthy foods around makes it much easier to eat nutritious, balanced meals and avoid the temptations of unhealthy foods.
Getting rid of unhealthy food is a great first step in promoting a healthy diet for you and your family, but smart strategies at the grocery store can help you keep junk food out of your house. By carefully navigating the supermarket, you can make sure that only the healthiest items make it in your cart, ensuring that your kitchen stays free of temptations for you and your family as you lose weight.
Ready to stick with your diet plan and encourage your whole household to eat healthier? Shop smart with these tips:
- Make a list. We use grocery lists to remember what to buy, but they can also help us remember what not to buy. Make a list of everything you’ll need for the upcoming week’s meals and make a conscious effort to only buy things you’ve decided on ahead of time. By planning ahead in this way, you can make sure you have the ingredients for many healthy meals while also resisting the urge to make an unhealthy impulse purchase at the store.
- Keep it fresh. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins—these are the most important elements of any healthy diet, and tend to be most nutritious in their freshest, whole forms. Because all of these foods can be found along the outer perimeter of the grocery store, this is where you should spend the majority of your time. Avoid the inner aisles as much as possible, which tend to contain more processed and unhealthy fare.
- Try new things. Instead of looking at your weight loss diet as restrictive, you should use the opportunity to explore new healthy foods. There are countless fruits and vegetables out there with unique flavors and nutritional benefits—try to include one of them in your list every time you hit the store. This will help you keep your diet interesting and teach the whole family about the variety of healthy foods available.
A weight loss program can make the grocery store seem intimidating, but strategies like these can help you keep your home free of unhealthy food.