If you’re a loyal reader of Good Housekeeping magazine, then you’ve probably heard about the Supermarket Diet. The Supermarket Diet was basically designed by the nutritionists and diet experts of the magazine. As the name implies, the diet involves consumption of foods that are found in the supermarket. Since most of the readers of Good Housekeeping are moms and career women, the diet was also designed to be a convenient weight loss plan.
The Supermarket Diet involves controlling calories, but this does not mean that you need to count calories while undergoing this diet. Since the diet comes with plenty of meal options, you can simple select your own combination of snack, breakfast, lunch and dinner meal plans so you can instantly have a calorie-controlled diet plan.
In fact, the diet offers three diet plans that will suit dieters depending on their lifestyle and weight loss goals. The first diet plan is called “Boot Camp” and is also the most extreme among the three diet plans. If you plan to follow this plan, you will have to cut down your daily calorie intake to 1200 calories a day. This plan is only appropriate for women because men have a higher requirement for daily calories. If you plan to follow the “Boot Camp”, you cannot stay on the diet for more than two weeks for health reasons. On the other hand, the “Keep On Losin'” diet plan allows you to stay on the diet until you’ve reached your goal weight. Your calorie intake is also increased to 1500 a day.
Once you have reached your goal weight, you can choose to follow the “Stay Slim Maintenance Plan” which allows you to keep off the weight that you’ve already lost. The calorie count is 1800 a day, and weight loss is also possible if you pair the diet with a regular and intense exercise regimen.
Naturally, the recommended foods under the Supermarket Diet are those that can easily be found in your local supermarket. Some of these foods are:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Cereals and bread
- Lean meat
- Olive oil
The following foods are also permitted as long as they are only in 100-calorie portions:
- Energy bars
- Cookies, cakes and other pastries
- Frozen Yogurt
- Tortilla Chips (baked)
What to Get Excited Over
One of the advantages of the Supermarket Diet is its convenience. Individuals who lead busy lives won’t have to go out of their way to follow this simple diet. Aside from this, the diet will not prevent you from eating your favorite foods so you won’t feel deprived. The separate cookbook that accompanies the original book also provides plenty of recipes so you can eat a variety of dishes.
Things to Consider
If you plan to follow the “Boot Camp” and “Keep On Losin'” plans, the very low calorie intake can cause you to feel hunger and tiredness. The diet can also provide a loophole for undisciplined dieters to opt for packaged snacks instead of healthier foods as long as the calorie count is correct.
If you lead a hectic lifestyle and don’t have time to regularly buy and prepare diet food, then the Supermarket Diet could be a good way to lose the pounds. Just make sure that you eat more of the healthy recommended foods like fruits and vegetables instead of the commercial snacks on the list.