Tips to avoid making bad choices when grocery shopping

People who chew gum while shopping had fewer junk food cravings and opted for healthier options

(CNN) – If you’ve ever gone grocery shopping on an empty stomach, chances are you’ve made a few bad choices. Web M.D. put together some tips on dieting, and one way to avoid filling your shopping cart with items you later regret buying, is by simply chewing gum.

People who chew gum while shopping had fewer junk food cravings and opted for healthier options. If you’re worried about what to eat when you’re out, remember, healthy foods first. Pile on the veggies, then go for the meats and sides.

Another great way to control your eating is by paying with cash. Studies show you’re more likely to load up your cart when using plastic. If you’re trying to lose some extra pounds, skip the cooking shows. People tend to snack more when watching food-related TV.

You can also try using smaller plates for meals. Studies show your brain correlates the size of your dish with how much food you’re supposed to eat. And, Drink more water. Drinking several ounces per day can keep you hydrated and reduce calorie intake.