How to Go Shopping for the Best Weight Loss Foods

So, you want to go shopping at a grocery store or supper market for all the foods you need for a sensible weight loss diet. How do you go about doing this? In this article I will discuss some power tips which will help you and guide you so that you are maximizing your shopping experience. I will discuss 4 things:

  1. What supermarkets to shop at.
  2. What to look for in foods to buy.
  3. How to choose the highest quality foods.
  4. How to make sure you are getting the most value for your buck.

So, without further adieu, let’s get started!

What Supermarkets To Shop At

When deciding on the type of food you need for your weight loss diet, the question comes to mind: At what grocery store or supermarket do I shop at? This is a good question and a lot of it will depend on the type of foods you need for your diet requirements and your budget. Yes, your budget does play a role but as you will see, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg in order to get high quality food for your weight loss diet.

So, what are the best places to shop for the highest quality food? The answer to this question depends largely upon where you live. In the United States, the best places I’ve found are Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Depending on where exactly in the US you live you might be able to find one of these stores or an equivalent to them nearby you. Another suggestion would be a health food store in your local area. The only drawback would be that the cost of such food would be much higher than at a local generic supermarket such as Ralphs or Vons. In other countries I would do some research on the internet in order to find similar grocery stores.

If you have to shop at a generic supermarket such as Ralphs or Vons, don’t worry. Not all is lost. I will show you in the other points how to navigate your shopping experience. If you live in the US and there is a Trader Joes or Whole Foods near you, then count your blessings. The most high quality food with the most reasonable price and which will help you achieve your weight loss goals by far can be found at Trader Joes. The reason for this is that the quality of food is very high and price of their food is very reasonable.

Having said this, let’s discuss the next item in this article:

What To Look For In Foods To Buy

Depending on what supermarket or grocery store you decide to shop at, you will want to find foods that are of the highest quality at the most reasonable prices.

If you shop at a Whole Foods or health food store, make sure that you don’t over spend for your budget. These type of stores can be quite expensive. The plus side is that most of the foods there will be of the highest quality for your weight loss dietary needs. Still, you need to be selective and read all labels so that you know what exactly is in the food you are purchasing.

If you shop at a Ralphs or Vons or other generic supermarket, make sure that you’re not buying garbage foods which will do you no good in trying to reach your weight loss goals. Don’t be deceived by the cheap price tags! Read the ingredient labels carefully. If there are any ingredients which you can’t pronounce or understand what they are, chances are that this food will not be good for you. This is not to say that you should dismiss all such food but you should know and understand what it contains. Buy an ingredient dictionary so you can look up and understand all unfamiliar terms.

Regardless of where exactly you shop, find out if the foods you are purchasing are as close to the original form as possible. This means that they are as unprocessed, contain as few unnatural elements possible, and are as fresh as possible. We will discuss more tips in the following point:

How to choose the highest quality foods

Regardless of your weight loss diet, if the quality of food you eat is not good or up to a minimal standard, your body will have a hard time processing it and it will seriously dampen your weight loss efforts.

When choosing foods, do not only look at the ingredients, look at any expiration dates on them. The fresher the food, the better. This applies not only to fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat products, but also to any other food you are purchasing. If a food item has a long shelf life, that is, can last for years without spoiling, you’d best do without it if you can. Eat foods which have a shorter shelf life and will spoil faster. These types of foods are more alive and whole and will generally not contain unnatural ingredients and chemicals which are used as preservatives.

So after you’ve chosen your high quality foods you will want to know how to get them at a reasonable price. The next point will help:

How to make sure you are getting the most value for your buck

Buying high quality foods doesn’t mean that you have to go broke in the process. A couple of things will help you in this regard:

1. Buying foods in season.
2. Stocking up when items are on sale.
3. Buying in bulk for greater savings.

Buying Foods In Season

When you buy foods in season they will be cheaper and will be fresher. This, in turn, will save you money and the quality of the food you purchase will be greater. This mostly applies to fruits, vegetables, and seafood but can apply to other foods as well. Do some research for your area and the food which is on your shopping list.

Stocking Up When Items are On Sale

Sometimes when I go to a grocery store or supermarket I’ll see the items I usually buy regularly on sale. This would be a good time to stock up on them. Make sure that the quality is not compromised as a lot of food on sale could be stuff the store wants to move quickly as they need to get rid of it due to the approaching expiration date. Also, don’t stock up on food which can spoil quickly as you will have a lot which you’ll have to throw out if you do not consume it quickly enough. You can stock up on sale items when they will not spoil quickly and this is a good strategy to use for getting the most value for your buck.

Buying In Bulk for Greater Savings

In some grocery stores or supermarkets, you’ll get a discount for buying in bulk, like 10 to 12 or more items. Ask the store manager if such discounts are given. Just remember to not buy too much of anything you can’t eat in time before it spoils.