By Coach Miles
Maneuvering around the grocery store while on a weight loss challenge can be daunting, especially with all those sweets and yummy yet unhealthy snacks within your reach. So here are some tips for you to make your next food run more successful.
1.Don’t shop on an empty stomach. If you go to the store hungry you may overindulge and also buy things that you are currently craving but do not need. Go after a meal.
2. Stay near the perimeter of the store. You may notice on your next trip that most of the whole, natural, and freshest foods are placed on the perimeter of the store. Such as your meats, vegetables, fruits, dairy, eggs, and just made bread. Meanwhile, the processed and packaged foods full of fillers and chemicals are located in between the aisles.
3. Try and pick nutrient dense foods vs. calorically dense foods. This means that it is important to review the nutritional label of the item your choosing. If the majority of calories that come from it are excessive per serving it probably isn’t the best thing for you. Look for foods with higher daily nutrient percentages. Use your MyFitnessPal app to scan the barcode for extra details about the product.
4. Pay attention to your carbs that you choose. Carbs don’t only come from bread, grains, and pasta. Plenty of leafy greens and colorful vegetables contain a rich amount of carbohydrates. Limit your choices of boxed carbs.
5. Vary your Protein sources. You don’t need to settle for steak or beef every day. You also have fish, chicken, lamb, pork, shellfish, venison, duck, beans, yogurt, eggs, cottage cheese, nuts, peanut butter, and the list goes on.