Spring and summer are just around the corner, so if you're trying to get into better shape to fit into that new swimsuit, you're going to have to improve the nutritional quality of your food. However, when you're trying to eat healthier, there are some common pitfalls at the grocery store that can cause ladies to undo all of their hard work. Whether you're trying to look your best in your new formal wear or getting ready to hit the beach, these bad grocery store habits should help you shed those unwanted pounds.
1. Heading to the store hungry. When you're trying to lose weight, you shouldn't head to the grocery store on an empty stomach under any circumstances. This is one of the easiest ways to let your guard down and start to pick up the foods that can contribute to your weight gain. Do yourself a favor and eat an apple or a granola bar before you head to the store to curb any food cravings.
2. Buying one day at a time. Planning your meals ahead of time can help you to better control your intake of vitamins and minerals and help you avoid succumbing to a bag of chips or ice cream. If you're only buying meals one day at a time, this increases the likelihood that you'll skip making dinner, head out and possibly make some bad nutritional choices. Weight loss is about discipline, and the easiest way to keep off those unwanted pounds is to make healthy meals at home.
3. Staying in the middle aisles. Most modern grocery stores place the majority of their natural and healthier foods on the periphery of the store, while fattier foods, snacks and canned goods are relegated to the middle aisles. Make an effort to stick to the outer aisles of the store and only venture into the middle of the market when you need to.
Whether you're getting amped for the warm weather or looking to renew your new year's resolution, it's never a bad time to start eating healthier. After losing a few pounds, you can even reward yourself with a new vial of tube mascara or a lash curler to revitalize your look for the coming seasons.