The key to maintaining or losing weight is not rocket science. Forget the miracle pills and diets: the combination of a healthy diet with calorie monitoring along with regular exercise is all most need. However, prices at the grocery store seem to keep rising and perhaps tempting you to eat fewer fresh vegetables, fruits and other healthy items and skip to the fast food counter for the $1 specials. Next time you shop for groceries, consider these three tips to keep your pocket from pinching to help you stay on a healthy diet track.
- Shop without a basket or opt for the small basket instead of the cart. A recent MSNBC report showed that supermarkets did research where they doubled the size of a shopping cart and consumers actually bought 40 percent more. If you are buying more, chances are quite high that you are eating more as well.
- Leave the kids at home. Grocery stores stock items tempting for your kids at their eye level and miraculously it ends up in your cart. Leave the kids at home and you won’t have unnecessary items that show up in the cart that squeeze your wallet and tempt you to eat.
- Pay with cash. The MSNBC report indicated that a credit card plays tricks with your brain making you feel like you have an unlimited amount of money. However, try paying with cash and it may be a different story. More than likely you will feel the pain of breaking a $100 bill. Perhaps the high calorie fixes will be easier to avoid if you see the cash flowing down the drain.
Think of food as garbage in, garbage out. If you put unhealthy foods in your system, the output can have many negative consequences. So look for other ways to cut costs at the grocery store like visiting a local farmers market or couponing. But do not skimp on the quality of food you consume. Nutritious food ensures that you are fueling your body to be its sexiest.
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