How not to pile on the pounds on your next holiday
July 1, 2016
Plan your indulgences.
It just wouldn’t be a real vacation without a couple of indulgences, right? But to keep you from going totally off the rails, think about what you are going to eat each day and plan your treats beforehand.
Do your research through LonelyPlanet, Facebook, Instagram – or whatever social media is your preference. If there’s a local ice cream shop for example, that’s dominating Instagram, plan ahead of time to go there so you can look forward to it. That way you’ll be more likely to hold out for your big indulgence and pass up the dessert menu when it comes at dinner.
But don’t go crazy. Think quality not quantity and then you’ll get a real flavour of the local produce, and not just overload on cheap tourist rubbish.
Stay active. Keeping up with your 6 a.m. gym routine doesn’t exactly fit with the vacation mindset for most people. And that’s OK. Instead, plan unique activities that will keep you active. Do a walking tour of the city, sign up for a beach yoga class or rent bikes for a day.
Skip the hotel. Booking your lodging via Airbnb or VRBO offers the opportunity to cook healthy meals instead of eating out constantly.
It reduces temptations like all-you-can eat breakfast buffets and even gives you a chance to feel like a local as you shop in markets and visit fruit and vegetable stands.
If you’re in on a hotel, ask for a fridge in your room; on your way from the airport, stock up on some fruit, cheese and yogurt to keep from splurging between meals.
Go sans sangria. We know, those beach days call for fruity drinks with little umbrellas in them. But they’re packed with sugar and calories, which means they’re major diet saboteurs.
Alcohol is often the thing that undoes the most of our healthy efforts. Try to commit to a couple of no-drinking days or keeping cocktail hour confined to dinner only.
Pack some snacks. When all else fails, it’s not a bad idea to have some healthy snacks in your suitcase — especially for those endless days stuck in transit. To avoid convenience store junk food, take a bag filled with healthy eats like granola, trail mix and fruit.
Don’t get crazy about gaining weight on vacation if you do. The key is to get back on track as fast as you can when you get home. Make it a priority to stock up on healthy groceries, and get back to your regular eating routine as soon as you get home so your lax vacation habits don’t linger too long in your real life