Do You Shop With a List?

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Next time you are at a supermarket, take a silent survey of the number of people you see carrying around a shopping list. My bet is that the percentage of shoppers looking at a list of food as they go up and down the aisles is very small.

One of the very important behavioral modifications that people need to enact is ensuring that the “right” foods/drinks are present in the house as opposed to the derailing sources that got them into weight trouble in the first place. The SP plan calls for high protein/high vegetable-low card-low fruit-low fat intake. If the house is full of SP-compatible foods, there is a much better chance that these foods will be consumed. Conversely, if the house is full of frozen foods, snack foods, fruits and other items not compatible with the plan, weight loss will be difficult to achieve.

We have provided suggested shopping lists at the back of your handbooks but try to get in the habit of writing down the food items you need before you enter the supermarket. Strolling up and down the aisles without a list will increase the chances of you throwing foods/snacks into that basket that will thwart your efforts.

How long will it take you to make a shopping list prior to leaving your house? Probably less than 5 minutes. Is the time spent worthwhile? You bet!

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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