When you think about weight loss, you often think about willpower and putting in some serious time on the treadmill, but that’s not always the best (or smartest) way to go about it.
While we do move less than people did fifty or so years ago, it’s not the only reason that obesity rates are still climbing. There’s an elephant in the room, and more often than not it’s hiding in your cupboards!
If I had to suggest one thing to change to everyone that I thought would make the biggest difference, it would be this: BUY THE RIGHT FOODS!
The easiest way to stop eating junk food is to stop buying junk food. The reason for this is that to control your shopping you have to exercise your willpower once, perhaps twice, per week. If you shop for the wrong foods, you will find yourself having to exercise your willpower for the entire week every time you enter the kitchen or get bored at work.
Making good food choices
Making good food choices that promote weight loss and good health is fairly simple. You’ll still need to keep an eye on the quantities of these foods in your diet but because they are more filling and nutritious than other foods, you’ll find the whole process a lot easier.
Opt for whole foods. This means whole grains, lots of vegetables, lean meats, fish, nuts, dairy, eggs, seeds and fruits. Eating unrefined food generally means your diet is higher in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, all of which are conducive to a healthy weight and good general health.
An example of a good shopping list that allows you to cook a good variety of great tasting meals might include:
- Brown rice
- Egg noodles
- Chicken fillets
- Lean beef mince
- Fish fillets
- Cottage cheese
- Tinned tomatoes
- Broccoli florets
- Olive oil
- Spices (Because a healthy diet doesn’t have to be dull!)
There are plenty of other healthy options, this is just an idea of what your list could look like. If you follow a vegetarian diet, you’ll want to change the meat and fish for beans and nuts and so forth.
Eliminating bad food choices
I think it’s fair to say that most of us know what’s good for us and what isn’t, but a lot of times we buy the bad stuff anyway! Whether this is through habit or maybe we have a convenient excuse, it’s a bad plan and it doesn’t work.
There is absolutely no reason that you can’t enjoy chocolate, drink alcohol and eat greasy foods, but you can’t do it all the time if you want to make big changes. What goes into your weekly shopping is usually list of ingredients that you habitually buy every time! See the problem?
Make sure your shopping basket is filled 90% with things you know are good for you and when as for treats, buy the amount that you intend to eat. If you buy more then there’s a fair chance you’ll eat more whereas if you don’t the chance is nil.
If you work a lot or have a hectic lifestyle then you’ll appreciate the role of convenience in your life. Who wants to cook for an hour after a long day at work? Convenience is something that can work for or against you, if you buy healthy food, learn to cook quick healthy recipes and perhaps prepare some meals in advance, then you’ll find it works in your favour. If you’re like most who don’t plan too well then you’ll fall back on the default forms of convenience available at your local takeaway!
A Healthy Shop
Making your weekly shop healthy is as simple as:
- Making good choices
- Eliminating (or moderating) bad choices
- Planning ahead
Do you have any other helpful tips for shopping for a healthy diet? Let me know in the comments below!