Do you want to know how to choose the right ingredients to achieve your weight loss goals without missing a beat? We give you our tips for making the right choices, aisle by aisle!
In the fruit and vegetable aisle:
Good news: in this section, anything goes! It offers a wide range of food rich in vitamins, minerals and satiating fibre, while being low in calories. Seasonal and organic, if possible.
The must-haves in the vegetable section: leafy vegetables (spinach, chard, lettuce, etc.), cabbage (Kale, Chinese, red, etc.) and artichokes for their diuretic properties.
The must-haves in the fruit department: all red berries and citrus fruits.
In the meat, fish and egg section:
Favour lean meats like poultry (fillets, escalopes, filet mignon, burgers with 5% fat content, etc.). As for fish, even if you are watching your weight, it is essential to alternate lean fish, such as hake, sea bream, monkfish or pollack, with oily fish rich in omega 3, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines.
Let’s not forget the seafood (oysters, shrimps, mussels, scallops, etc.), all low in calories and rich in minerals!
In the grocery aisle:
Here too, you have to make the right choices. Give preference to fibre-rich products, i.e. based on wholegrain cereals (wholegrain rice, pasta and bread, etc.) as well as legumes (lentils, split peas, dried beans, etc.).
Oatmeal makes the perfect breakfast: high in fibre, filling and low in calories! For a quick breakfast, try Energy Diet Vanilla Oatmeal! It is delicious with fresh fruit or oleaginous nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.), which are also perfect as a snack, thanks to their satiating power and their concentration of omega-3, vitamins and minerals.
In the dairy aisle:
You don’t need to choose dairy products with 0% fat. They are certainly a little lower in calories, but also have less fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins D and A. On the other hand, you should opt for plain yoghurts and fromage frais. As for cheese, opt for soft cheeses, which have fewer calories: Brie, Camembert, fresh goat’s cheese, cancoillotte, etc.
In the frozen food aisle:
This is an opportunity to stock up on frozen vegetables for making soups, casseroles and pies. We recommend choosing them plain, as many prepared foods are high in fat and salt.
The same goes for fruit: there are now many varieties in the frozen food aisle. An opportunity to treat yourself!
In the fats section:
Fats are important for keeping the body functioning properly. No need, therefore, to cut them out completely! Choose olive oil for cooking and rapeseed (or walnut) oil for seasonings (preferably organic). Limit the amount of butter you use in the mornings to a maximum of 10 g.
In the drinks aisle:
Water, water, and nothing but water! However, you can enhance it with green tea bags (for their diuretic properties), herbal tea, or lemon juice. The important thing is to drink enough to flush your system!
Of course, this list is not exhaustive, but it will make your main purchases easier if your goal is to lose weight. In any case, choosing simple, unprocessed foods is the healthiest thing you can do for your figure!