Foods to Lose Belly Fat- Grocery Store Strategy

The food you buy from a grocery store has a lot of impact on your weight loss program. The home eating war is won and lost in the grocery store. The food you buy creates your food environment at home, and it is very difficult to fight your environment if it is unfriendly to your goals. If you only buy healthy foods to lose belly fat, you will eliminate your unhealthy snacking problem immediately and easily. I understand that it can get complicated with others in the same house who don’t want to join you, but if that’s the case, maybe you can ask them to hide their unhealthy snacks from you.

If you buy it, you will eat it!

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Here’s the strategy I recommend while you’re shopping: Buy groceries as usual. When you’re ready to check out, remove one piece of unhealthy food and replace it with a healthy alternative. Why this way? It’s awkward to tell you to buy at least one vegetable or one fruit. Unless your eating habits are exceptionally poor, you’ll likely buy some amount of fruits and vegetables normally, and thus, an “at least one” requirement would do absolutely nothing for you. But replacing an unhealthy item you typically buy with a healthy substitute is an instant double win.

Grocery Store Strategy

As with all mini habits, you can continue to make additional healthy replacements, but aim for just one to start. Here are a few examples where you can choose foods to lose belly fat:

  • Exchange candy bars for no-sugar added or low-sugar dark chocolate
  • Exchange ice-cream for bananas (freeze them and they taste like ice-cream) and/or other fruits
  • Replace regular spaghetti for spaghetti squash or whole wheat pasta
  • Exchange spaghetti sauce for olive oil, pesto, and Parmesan cheese
  • Exchange white bread for whole grain bread (sprouted if possible)
  • Prefer soda for sparkling or mineral water and 100% juice (and add only a little bit of juice to flavor the water)
  • Exchange vegetable dip for hummus or guacamole (or, even better, ingredients to make your own!)
  • Exchange salad dressing for olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Replace cereal and milk for yogurt and fruit (granola would be fine and is a better choice than cereal, but it’s very hard to find any without added sweetener). Alternatively, plain steel-cut oats or plain rolled oats are decent options (steel-cut is better). Avoid the instant oatmeal packets loaded with sugar.
  • Exchange meat for fish
  • Exchange a processed snack for carrots, celery, radishes, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, or nuts (for snacking).
  • Follow a diet plan to lose belly fat.

If you literally only buy processed foods, you can buy at least one kind of fresh or frozen vegetable (with some plan of how you’ll consume it. Later; don’t buy a squash and let it rot in your closet… don’t put vegetables and other foods to lose belly fat in your closet).

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The Price of Healthy Food

People assume healthy eating is expensive, but is it really? Upfront, it is a bit more expensive. A meta-analysis of food costs covering 27 studies in 10 countries found that the difference in price between a healthy and unhealthy diet was $1.50 per day per person. That’s $45 extra a month and $547 extra a year to make a significant positive investment in your health, weight, and well-being. It’s a cliche but true to say that you’ll save money by cutting down on medical costs; when you eat healthy food and take care of yourself. The price of healthy food is less expensive than the long-term costs of eating unhealthy food. Also read the quickest way to lose weight.

Many people in the USA spend $5 or more every day on lattes and other superfluous foods and beverages. In fact, $1.50 is close to the price of getting a soda at a restaurant, and low-income people drink more sugary drinks than others. It is possible for most to afford healthy food if it’s prioritized.

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