Here we are in the middle of June, which means if you haven’t already hit the road, you probably have a vacation or a trip, or even a stay-cation in your near future. Two thumbs up for relaxing, and sightseeing, and trying new foods. But let’s give a big thumbs down to gaining weight on vacation.
The last thing you want to do is come home from a long respite, only to find you’ve gone backward on your weight loss plan. There’s no reason you can’t make progress while on vacation. So let’s take a look at:
– How to eat well on vacation.
– How to exercise on vacation.
– How to stick to your guns—even on vacation.
No one wants to come home, step on the scale, and realize they gained weight on vacation.
Statistics show that the average traveler gains about seven pounds a week on a cruise. That’s just plain disgusting!
Let’s commit here and now not to be one of the statistics. If anything, we want to lose weight on vacation, right?
How to Eat Well on Vacation
Of course, food is a big part of travel, and an important way to learn about culture. But it’s also completely reasonable not to overeat at every meal. Here are some tips for keeping meals in check while traveling.
– Don’t munch on junk food in the car. If you must munch on food while driving, try celery. You could eat a case of celery without accruing too many calories. Plus celery is tasty, clean, and easy to transport.
– Remember to hydrate. It’s easy to rush from site to site, or to spend all day in a museum and completely forget to hydrate. Once you’re feeling very thirsty, it’s hard to get enough water.
– Check out the local farmer’s market. It’s fun to learn about the foods grown in different parts of the world. Plus, if you take time to chat with the growers they may even share local recipes and cooking tips. It’s a great way to eat well and avoid fast food while traveling.
– Order small. For some reason, we always feel justified eating bigger portions at restaurants. We order foods we know aren’t good choices, we eat too much of it, wash it down with wine, and then order dessert. Try ordering a side dish rather than an entire meal.
– Skip or share dessert. Speaking of dessert, don’t be afraid to skip it. If you’re visiting a location with a unique specialty dessert, by all means order one. Share it if possible. There’s no law that says you must consume every bite yourself.
How to Exercise While on Vacation
– Take advantage of your hotel gym. Most hotels have workout rooms and gyms. They are rarely used, too. So chances are, you’ll have the place to yourself. So bring your tunes and get ready to jam!
– Take walking tours. If you are planning on touring the city or a specific neighborhood—why not do so on foot? You’ll get to see the city up close and personal—and you’ll burn some extra calories.
– Ask the concierge. True, these folks can point you to the best cafes and the modernart museums, but they can also help you find a great running or walking trail. You’ll get a wonderful workout and see a new part of the city you might otherwise miss. So why not take a morning jog or an evening stroll?
How to stick to your guns—even on vacation.
This just comes down to a matter of willpower. You’ve come this far on your weight loss goal—why lose ground on vacation?
This is your time. You make the calls, you plan the schedule, you chose to continue losing weight and working toward your goal. In the heat of the moment, when you want to eat an extra cannoli, when you want to sleep in and skip the jog, when you want to secretly order another beverage, remember how terrible you’re going to feel for not sticking to your guns.
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It might not be the next morning, but eventually you’ll realize you’ve lost ground on vacation. Don’t become a victim of summer vacation. Hold strong, show summer who is boss, and remind your body and mind that you’re on a mission to lose weight.
You can do it. Take a second and let us know where you’ll be vacationing this year, and we’ll send you positive vibes. Enjoy your summer!