Almost half of shoppers still buy groceries in one big weekly shop – and it’s making us fat, according to new research.
Research says that we tend to binge when we buy an excess of food in one go.
In the study two-thirds of people (64% per cent) admitted to having a binge up to three days after buying their food all in one go.
The big shoppers said they were more luckily to snack on fattening foods like crisps, chocolate and biscuits if their shelves were full of options.
The big weekly shop is a regular part of 56% of people’s routines. The main reason the weekly shop is thriving is due to online supermarket shopping, with 38% now ordering their shop via the net.
Buying food makes 84% of us hungry with a third of people (32%) admitting to tucking in as soon as they and their stockpile get home.
21% of people admitted to snacking while doing their weekly shop in the supermarket – and then paying for the partially eaten items at the tills.
Nearly half of the participants in the study (44%) had at some time deliberately avoided doing a big weekly shop because they knew that it would hinder their attempts to lose weight.
While many people spend around £50 in one go, a third of us spend more than £100 a week online with supermarkets.
Managing director of Forza Supplements, who conducted the study, Lee Smith said: “All good dieters know that the key to losing weight is to remove temptation.
“62% of us they know they will start bingeing on food if there are lots of lovely things in the fridge.
“A safer option for many people is to buy only what they need every few days at convenience stores. Obviously that presents new temptations every time you walk into a shop.
“There is no easy answer.”