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38. Shop smartly.

Food shop with a full stomach and a grocery list. Walking around aimlessly in the grocery store with your tummy growling can make you vulnerable to buying anything that isn't moving. Shop only after you have eaten a meal, when the temptation to eat is deadened, and make sure that you go to the store armed with a list to help keep your purchases on target. Organizing your shopping list by the store aisles will also have you out of the supermarket at the speed of light. If you are female, you may want to enlist a male to do the food shopping for you. The latest survey from the Food Marketing Institute shows that compared to women, men are more likely to buy only what's on the grocery list.

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All tips written by Joan Salge Blake, M.S., R.D.

--Updated August 2003

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