The grocery store can be one of the most important places we will visit when we are in the pursuit of weight loss. This is where many difficult decisions will be made that will affect what we will be consuming for the next week or so, and the decisions we make will either be beneficial or detrimental to our fat burning goals.
There are definitely sections that you should spend more time in like the fresh fruit and produce section and others you should be staying away from like the baking aisle or the bakery itself. There are some other things you can do to ensure that you are shopping in the best way to aid in your weight loss as well as your overall health. The first thing you should do is make a list that you will stick to with strictness. If you go in empty handed and open minded, you will likely make some poor decisions and buy items that you don’t particularly need or even want, only to later gorge on items that do not follow your diet plan simply because you spotted them and now they are in your home. Another great tip is to go shopping when you are full.
Going grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster when it comes to the items you will select. Your eyes will be just as hungry as your stomach and foods that you should not be buying will surely end up in your cart. Many recommend choosing organic products to avoid the possibility of harmful pesticides that have been shown to cause a plethora of problems in the human body. It is also wise to select fresh items that have not been processed and do not have added ingredients such as preservatives and other chemicals that can be harmful to your overall health.
So what are some of the best options that we can all find in our local grocery? Here is a list of some of the best departments to stick to and what you should be buying to ensure that you are getting healthy foods that will help in your pursuit of your weight loss goals:
- Fresh produce – You can’t go wrong in the fresh produce section. From fruits to vegetables, this is one of the most important sections of the grocery store and where you should be spending most of your time. Avoid buying pre-packaged dinners that contain unknown and unhealthy ingredients and start making delicious and healthy foods from scratch. In the produce section you can find fresh onions, garlic, and other ingredients that will make your meals, both, delicious and healthy. Some great fruit options while in the pursuit of melting fat from your body include bananas, assorted berries, grapefruit, apples, cherries, pineapple, watermelon, tomatoes (yes they are technically a fruit), and even other tropical fruits like starfruit, papaya, and guava. Some of the best vegetables you can get include spinach as well as other types of leafy greens and lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, eggplant, carrots, Brussel sprouts, avocado, bell peppers of assorted colors, green beans, sweet potatoes, and peas. Of course this is a limited list with some of the best and healthiest options, but again, you really can’t go wrong in the fresh produce section. Just try to stay away from anything that has been prepackaged that may include extra ingredients like butter.
- Proteins – When shopping for your protein, there are a few sections of the grocery that you can utilize. Fish is obviously a top choice amongst nutritionists if you are looking for lean proteins that will also deliver essential fatty acids. Fish is great when you are trying to melt unwanted fat from your body. White meats are another good option, such as chicken and turkey. These are leaner meats. It is also recommended to buy white meats that have been raised in cage-free and organic environments. Nutritionists recommend to stay away from red meats such as beef and lamb. These meats are higher in fat and have also been at the center of cancer research. If you are someone that simply can not go without red meats, try to limit your intake. Another great section for protein is usually found near the produce section where you can find fresh, unprocessed nuts and beans. Canned nuts often contain a high amount of salt, which can be detrimental to your health. Canned beans are a decent option, but will not be better than buying fresh beans and cooking them yourself. And don’t forget to get your eggs in the refrigerated section. Eggs can be a great start to your day when you are trying to lose weight as you will want a breakfast that is high in protein and vegetables, so an omelette is one of the best things you can have at breakfast to burn fat more efficiently throughout the day.
- Whole grains and oats – When it comes to carbohydrates, you definitely want to stay away from products that contain enriched flour, such as white breads and other enriched flour products. Go for whole wheat breads and oatmeal. Some other great options in this category are quinoa and couscous. If you are a pasta lover, it is also ideal to go for whole wheat pastas rather than traditional pastas, which have a very high amount of enriched flour
- Dairy – Many people think that you want to avoid dairy altogether when trying to melt fat, but this is actually not true. There are many dairy products that can be beneficial to your weight loss goals as well as your overall health. Almond milk and coconut milk are great alternatives to regular milk which can be high in fat and pasteurized. Low fat yogurts, especially Greek yogurt, are great for anyone. These products include a high amount of probiotics that can aid in healthy digestion. Low fat cheeses can even be a good option for calcium and protein as long as you are not overdoing it. Kefir is another product that many choose to buy to get their probiotics and it provides a healthy drink alternative to water.