Summertime is here which means vacations. Enjoying a vacation doesn’t mean you have to pack on 5 or more pounds. Being mindful and planning for your next vacation may eliminate a large fluctuation of weight.
Incorporating activity or exercise into your trip is an excellent way to burn off extra calories you may be consuming with food and alcohol. If you are an early riser and the rest of your traveling party sleeps in, grab some gym time focusing on cardio. Walking sight-seeing tours, riding bikes to see the sights, or hiking at a near by park are great ways to make your vacation more active. Online searches for activities at your destination may prompt you to do something extraordinary that you might not otherwise would have done. Be sure to pack appropriately for your activities.
If your vacation includes special dinners, eat a lighter breakfast and lunch that day. Choose to have either a cocktail or wine with your meal or dessert, not both. When choosing from the menu, opt for local , seasonal fruits and vegetables along with grilled fish or shrimp. Restaurant portions are very generous. Finally, share your meal or be willing to leave half of it on the plate.
When traveling to your destination, pack a variety of healthy snacks, such as sliced apples, bananas, carrots sticks, yogurt, homemade trail mix, or reduced fat cheese sticks. Plan a picnic lunch if traveling by car to break up the drive.
Drink plenty of water each day. Vacation weight gain is generally your body holding onto water because of excess salt, excess portions of grains, and dehydration. Your body strives to be in a water-balanced state. Dehydration causes your body to hold onto water.
Finally, let go of any guilt and enjoy your vacation! If you regularly eat clean, watch your portion sizes, and exercise, what ever weight you do gain should come off quickly once you get back to your routine in earnest.