The Grocery-Shopping Habit That Saves Time and Calories

Here's a simple habit that can help you make the right choices at the grocery store: bring a list. "Shoppers who don't have lists spend 60 to 80 percent of their time pushing their carts up and down aisles aimlessly," says Julie Upton, MS, RD, of Appetite For Health. Not only that, but shopping without a plan can make you buy up to twice as much and make unhealthier choices than if you write down what you need, she adds. So the next time you make a grocery-store run, be sure to plan out meals beforehand (try our healthy mix-and-match meal planner for ideas), write down what you need, and stick to your list.

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Lizzie Fuhr