Be A Smart Supermarket Shopper – Weight Watchers

Want to stick to your healthy eating resolve while grocery shopping? The key is to plan ahead.

These days, the weekly food shop can be a complicated chore – hundreds of products to choose from, ambiguous food labels that make products sound healthier than they really are and large store layouts specifically designed to entice buying. It can spell disaster if you’re trying to lose weight. But, arm yourself with our expert tips and tricks and you’ll emerge from the supermarket with waistline-friendly groceries and a healthier bank balance, to boot.


Be a savvy shopper
Bring your grocery expedition in line with your slimming goals with these strategies:

Stick to the perimeters: “Most packaged and processed foods are stocked in the centre aisles, while fresh food and staples, including bread, fruit, dairy produce and meat, is found on the perimeter aisles,” says accredited practising dietitian Amanda Clark. “To save time, money and kilojoules, skip the confectionary, biscuit, chips and soft-drink aisles that are usually always towards the centre of supermarkets.”

Make a list before you go: “Think about your menu for the week and you’ll have a clear plan when entering the supermarket, instead of leaving things to chance,” says Clark. Need an incentive to avoid foods not on your list? Melbourne-based accredited practising Dietitian Melanie McGrice recommends setting a financial budget. “You’re much less likely to stray from your list and buy foods you don’t need when you’re conscious about sticking to a budget.”

Don’t shop when you’re hungry: “Self-control is diminished by stressors like hunger,” explains Clark. Time your shopping to take place after a meal. “If you do find yourself out at snack time, a small skim-milk-based coffee makes a satisfying snack,” she adds.

Remember your nutritional goals: “When you enter the supermarket, remind yourself of what you’re trying to achieve,” advises Clark. “Whether it’s only buying unprocessed foods or that you’re trying to lose weight, it will put you in the right frame of mind and help you fill your trolley with what you intend to.


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