Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center
If your New Year's resolution includes losing weight, then your weight loss journey begins at the grocery store. Changing how you shop can aid significantly in losing weight and getting healthy.
Many people only look at the calorie count on food labels, but there are several other important factors to review when selecting food items:
- Note the serving size. It's easy to think the calories and fat listed on the label reflect the amount for the entire package. However, this isn't always the case. Fat, protein and carbohydrates are the main calorie-containing elements of food and are important items to review on food labels.
- Make a grocery list before your shopping trip. This will help you plan healthier meals, make smarter decisions and avoid impulse buying. Often times, the food located along the perimeter of the grocery store are the more healthy options, such as fresh produce, meats and eggs. Try to fill the majority of your list with the "perimeter" items.
- Buy frozen or in bulk. "Expensive" and "healthy food" doesn't have to go hand-in-hand. Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh produce and often cost less. Also, grocery stores will sometimes have a weekly sale on certain lean meats. Buy it in bulk and freeze what you don't plan on eating that week. Grocery lists are also a great way to stay within your budget while shopping.