5 Grocery Store Mistakes Making You Gain Weight

5 Grocery Store Mistakes Making You Gain Weight

1Those snacks at the checkout counter are designed to seem particularly appealing, but they’re also a poor choice when it comes to your health. According to a report titled “Availability of Healthy Food Products at Check-out Nationwide, 2010–2012,” by University of Illinois researchers, 97 percent of supermarkets push candy and 93 percent sell sugar-sweetened beverages at checkout. If you’re battling a food craving or are feeling the need to treat yourself when you’re standing at the checkout, opt for a magazine instead—that craving will pass once the unhealthy food is out of sight.

2 You shop when you’re too full.
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While shopping when you’re famished can lead to poor food choices, shopping when you’re stuffed isn’t a much better choice. Shopping when you’re full can make all those healthy foods you’re usually eager to load your cart with seem less-than-palatable, making you more likely to buy less than you need or opt for less healthy choices.

3 You only buy for one meal.
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Sometimes, you really just want chicken cordon bleu or a quiche, and you’re determined to get it, even if that means making an extra grocery trip. However, indulging those food whims can not only put a major dent in your budget, but it can also make it harder to reach your weight loss goals. (That’s not to mention all the extra time you’ll have to spend in the store if you have to shop every day.) Instead of buying ready-made food for one meal at a time, buy for the week and do meal prep; research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that individuals who regularly prep their meals (instead of just buying solo servings of convenient stuff) eat a healthier diet.

4 You shop for items at eye-level.
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There’s a reason why everything at the grocery store looks so tempting when you’re shopping: it’s supposed to. Grocery chains put items they want you to purchase in high volume at eye level so you’re more likely to buy them. It works regardless of the healthfulness of the item: when Frito-Lay experimented by placing its healthier products, like baked chips and peanuts, at eye level, they were popular with customers, according to the CSPI. The downside is that these eye level products tend to be convenience foods and sugary snacks that contribute to weight gain.

5 You choose items based on the ‘Organic’ label.
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Eating organic produce can be a wonderful choice for the health of the planet. However, that doesn’t mean that every organic food item on your grocery store’s shelves is automatically a health food. Organic or not, a cheese puff is still a cheese puff. Besides, opting for food just because it’s organic also doesn’t mean you’re better off: an Annals of Internal Medicine review found little evidence of significant health benefits from organic foods.

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