3. Falling for Healthy Halos
Don’t buy food just because the packaging looks healthy. Remember, companies spend thousands if not millions on advertising and marketing to make their products appealing enough for you to buy them without question. Even famous brands, such as Annie’s, which is known for being organic and “wholesome” can be filled with preservatives and chemicals – albeit organic ones. So take your time and read the ingredient list to make sure you recognize everything in there (see #2).
4. Not Planning your Healthy Grocery List for the week
Before you even get in the car, plan out what you want to eat for the week and buy a week of groceries at once. Pick out your breakfasts, lunches, snacks, Post-Workout Nutrition, and dinners. By planning ahead, you won’t get caught up in the “oh, this looks yummy!” game at the store, which means you won’t be as likely to buy that tempting frozen pizza. If you do see something that looks really good AND healthy, it is ok to make some substitutions (For example, they are out of fresh chicken but you see some good looking fresh fish, go ahead), but you don’t want to deviate too much from your planned meals. Which brings us to….
5. Not shopping with a Grocery List or buying what isn’t on your list
This one is crucial. Make a game plan and stick to it. Not only does planning your meals set you up for greater weight-loss success, but it also is easier on your wallet because you aren’t impulse buying. Try to be as specific as possible on your list. Don’t just write, “Snacks,” but instead write specifically what those snacks will be. For example, “Apples, Raw Almonds, shelled edamame.” If you see something tempting while shopping, it’s ok to write it on the list for the next time you’re in the store, but don’t buy on impulse!