5 Diet-Smart Shopping Strategies

Want a diet that teaches you how to eat in the real world? These smart steps, from 7 Years Younger: The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet, can help you shop and drop!

diet smart shopping tips

Go food shopping for the week
Be prepared! Go over your meal options for the week, decide what you are going to eat, and make a list. Our panelists reported that it took them longer to food shop for the first week—for most of them, it hadn’t been their custom to keep healthy staples on hand. But subsequent shopping trips didn’t take any longer than usual. So plan on having a big, ceremonial excursion to the store for the first week; after that, you’ll still want to use the meal planner to create your shopping list.

Fuel up first
You may have heard it before, but it is important advice: Never go to the supermarket on an empty stomach. It will put your diet at risk! If you have to food shop when your tank is a little low (after work, for example), pick up a small snack when you get there—an energy bar, some string cheese, or a low-calorie snack—and eat it first. Just add the empty wrapper to your checkout goods.

Shop your list
Not only will it stop you from straying, it will also keep you from spending too much.

Go alone
Shopping solo speeds up your trip and ensures that you won’t cave in to your kids’ or spouse’s demands.

Skip the line
Depending on where you live, you might be able to try a new strategy: place your grocery order online and have it delivered to your car or home. Virtual shopping allows you to stick to your list, a diet strategy proven to work. When researchers followed a group of virtual shoppers and compared them to dieters who shopped the traditional way for eight weeks, the virtual shoppers ended up with fewer fattening products and less total food in their cupboards.

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