Buying in bulk is one of the best ways to be able to save money. Various warehouse stores allow you to purchase in larger quantities at a lower total cost than you would pay for the equivalent amount of the same food of the same brand at a grocery store. Unfortunately, with all of that food in your home, it can be very easy to overeat and to cause havoc in your efforts to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight that you have already achieved.
According to a recent Georgia State University study, people who live closer to supercenters and big box retailers – such as Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Costco – are more likely to be obese. Several other studies, such as one from the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, showed that there was a link between buying in bulk packages and in stockpiling food, with overeating.
The unfortunate part of this story is that superstores do actually provide great deals that can help to save a lot off a grocery bill, particularly over time. The key is not to choose the wrong products and to know how to stop yourself from overindulging once you bring the food home.
Use the following tips to help you to keep your diet under control, even when you shop in bulk:
• Put food away – when you bring the food home, put it all away, right away. This includes foods that go into the fridge, freezer, and pantry. The less diet-friendly a food happens to be, the farther away from the front of the shelf it should be. That way, when it comes time to eat, you will see other options before you see those that are fatty, sugary, or salty.
• Keep up variety – as much as bulk shopping may help you to save money by buying a lot of one type of food, it is still important to make certain that you eat a broad variety of healthy foods. Variety is one of the best ways to ensure proper nutrition, and eating a nutritious diet is a vital component in the effort to reduce your weight.
• Package food in portions – it can be easy to eat more than you should when you feel as though you have a nearly endless supply of certain kinds of food. Instead of leaving the foods in the packages in which you purchased them, put them away in containers that are properly portioned for one meal or one snack. That way, you’ll use (and eat) only the amount that you need, and nothing more than that.