Two steps to losing weight now, not later

A STRICT shopping list and planned meals are the keys to losing weight, new research from Monash University shows.

A study published in Nutrition and Diabetes analysed how committing to a grocery list can improve people's health.

Lead author Dr Nicole Au said a predetermined grocery list committed shoppers to buy only the foods on the list, helping to avoid unhealthy items.

"When individuals worked with detailed meal plans and a grocery list to make the meals it could have a meaningful impact on weight loss and long-term health among overweight and obese individuals," Dr Au said.

"We found because the planning of meals and writing of the shopping list could be carried out relatively cheaply, it was a cost-effective weight-loss tool when compared to the alternative of 'doing nothing'."

Dr Au said while exercise was also an essential part of weight-loss plans, poor self-control often led people to "depart from their good intentions" to get healthy.

Topics:  diabetes fat monash university nutrition weight loss

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