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How To Stick To Your Diet While Doing The Food Shopping

 September 11, 2014  /  Comments Off on How To Stick To Your Diet While Doing The Food Shopping

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You know what it’s like, you’ve promised yourself that bikini body for your summer holiday.  You’ve made this promise so many times before you dare not count them, but this time you’re really going to do it.  Honestly, no, really you are.  We’ve all been there.  You start of all motivated, get yourself booked in to the local gym, stock up on the latest fad diet books, clear your house of all junk food and begin your new regime.  And how long do you last?

A recent survey of women in the UK showed that the average woman starts 3 different diets a year and sticks to one diet for a period of 19 days – and by day 5 most of them had already cheated once.  So what is it? Why is it so very hard to do? Why do all of us want it so bad, yet it seems very few of us properly succeed at it?

Well, for me personally, I know that the biggest place that I fall down is the supermarket.  Because you see, the supermarket doesn’t want you to succeed.  The supermarket wants you to buy all of their over produced foods full of fats and sugars and salts and all the things that are just so terribly bad for you.  It’s a conspiracy – I’m sure of it.  Seriously, next time you walk into the supermarket pay particular attention to the special offers.  Make a note of how many items of junk you can buy one get one free.  See if you can find a single item of healthy food on offer.  You might get lucky, sometimes they put it on offer if it’s just about to go off (if you can call that lucky).  And when faced with the idea that you can actually purchase 2 packets of biscuits for half the price of that bag of brown rice, something in your brain tells you that if you don’t do it you could actually be heading for financial ruin.

How To Stick To Your Diet While Doing The Food Shopping

To be fair, it’s not just the supermarkets.  It’s the manufacturers.  They want you to buy their rubbish too.  So they package it all nicely . . . make it colourful and pleasing to the eye.  So that your brain says . . . nothing that pretty could be bad, right?  Stupid brain.  You see, the supermarket is filled with just FAR too much temptation for the dieter to bare.  Because let’s face it, it might make you fat, clog your arteries and ultimately kill you . . . but it does taste amazing doesn’t it?

So, what’s the answer? How can we beat them?  How can we stop this particular hurdle from tripping us up on our road to health, happiness and beauty?  Well, fear not my friends.  I’ve done it.  The supermarket is no longer controlling me and I’ve never felt better . . . and now I’m going to share with you how.

Now, when I tell you this . . . you’re going to feel very silly.  I did when I worked it out.  Because you see, the answer is very simple.  Just don’t go!  In this day and age, it is totally unnecessary for you to ever set foot in a supermarket ever again.  I would suggest that you plan your meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for the week, write a list of everything you will need in order to make said meals, add to the list a few healthy snacks for the week to see you through . . . and then get online and order it there.

You might be worried, like I was, about letting somebody else select your fresh fruit and veg.  It’s a valid concern, but you’ve got to just try really.  Most supermarkets offer and online option so if you’re unhappy with your original selected supermarket, try another.  I’ve been shopping online for my food for around a year now and I’ve only ever once been sent a bad batch of oranges.  When that happened I rang them up, they apologised profusely and sent someone over to collect the old bag and bring me a new one.  Easy peasy.  For me, it’s worth relinquishing control of my fruit and veg selection in order to avoid the sight of the endless isles of delicious, but forbidden food.  I never have to be tempted by another special offer again and it is so very liberating.

If however, you really don’t feel you can let go of picking your own food, then it will still help you to plan your meals and write a list.  Then you just need to know what you’re going in for, get in, get exactly what is on your list and no more and get out again.  If you think you can be that strong, good for you . . . I can’t.

There are of course other options if you want to stop buying from the supermarket altogether.  I do love a local farm shop and when dieting you can often get most of what you need there.  Meat, veg, eggs and milk . . . perhaps a little bit more pricey, but if you can afford it you won’t get more fresh and less modified food anywhere else.  You really can taste the difference and you can be sure not to find any tempting junk there!  Markets are also very good for fresh fruit and veg, you might find a little bit of junk food scattered around the vicinity, but nowhere near on the scale of temptation as the supermarket.

Of course, the other thing to remember is that no diet is truly successful without exercise and my suggestion to you here would be rather than join a gym, or buy and exercise DVD – where you have to motivate yourself – try a boot camp.  I recently joined a boot camp in Bedford and so far, in terms of exercise it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made.  Not only because the exercise regime is intense and effective, but because you join a community of dieters.  A community with a very fit, strong and gorgeous leader (always a good motivator).  So inadvertently, this helps you with your food shopping too.  Because your new community is always in your mind when you go to pick up that packet of crisps or chocolate bar.  They’re there, fighting your stupid brain and telling you that that’s really not what you want.  What you want, more than anything, is that bikini body for you summer holiday.

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