Looking to lose weight? Make a shopping list. The simple and easy task of putting together a shopping list before walking into the store can help you avoid temptation and stick to your healthy diet.

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Researchers, over a six month period, asked one group of dieters to make a shopping list before heading to the grocery store, and another group to walk in with nothing.  Those who made a list lost around 28 pounds. Those who didn't lost 14.

Making a list, say researchers, means you have "already put in the mental effort before you even leave the house."