Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Weight Loss: Shopping

For many, a trip to the supermarket is something to be endured rather than enjoyed.

Shopping at a supermarket holds many pitfalls for the would-be weight loser. Supermarkets are notoriously clever at marketing their products, ensuring that we buy more than we need, items we don’t need at all, and most importantly, items that make money for the supermarket. This is why we are faced every week with two-for-one offers, or buy-three-get-one-free, or buy crisps and get a free dip. Shelves are stacked in a particular way, so that the products that are in our immediate line of sight are the ones that the supermarket wants us to buy, and the aisle-ends are well-used to promote special offers, which are often on alcohol, confectionary or processed foods.

Instead of shopping for food, do your grocery shopping online and save the trek through town for other items. A good way is to reward yourself for losing weight with Bathrooms365 pampering products. Instead of feeling downhearted that you still can’t quite fit into those size 10 jeans, purchase bathroom items that turn your home into a spa-like sanctuary and get in the healthy mood. You can also reward your kids with Childsplay clothing by saving up the money you would have spent on unhealthy snacks. Once you see their faces, you will want to do it again. Most importantly, feel better about yourself and make changes that you can notice instantly with Sienna X hair products or hair dye that quickly transform your look for the new you.

The supermarkets’ superior understanding of the way we shop is the reason that, even if we have gone into the shop with a list, we usually come out with something extra. Can we avoid this in our quest for weight loss? The answer is yes; with a little discipline and a change to the way we shop, we can ensure that what we buy is exactly what we want.

Look at your trolley first. If you have ten items to buy, take a basket, not a trolley. This will stop you from adding extra bits and pieces, and as you will also have to carry it round the shop, you will be watching how much you put into it. For slightly larger lists, use the smaller trolleys available. These allow you to buy more food, but are difficult to overload and you won’t be tempted to increase your shopping. If you are using a big trolley, then try splitting it into sections so that you don’t buy more than you need of any particular item. For example, put any items that contain sugar into the smallest compartment at the front so that the main part of the trolley is clear for fruit, vegetables and other healthy food items.