Taking Your Diet on Vacation
Millions of Americans take advantage of the beautiful Summer weather by vacationing all over the country; however when you take a trip away from your normal routine, does your diet go on vacation too? Many of us use vacation as an excuse to over-indulge and take advantage of the food choices we may not eat on a daily basis, only to step on the scale upon returning home and find that they’ve gained 10 lbs. However, it IS possible to enjoy your vacation without packing on the extra unwanted pounds. The way to do this is to practice moderation, and to stay as active as possible.
Here are some tips to help you stay on track while on vacation:
- Eat “in” for one meal a day. Many resorts or hotels have grocery stores nearby where you can stock up on fresh fruit, yogurts, or other foods to avoid eating out at every meal. The other option is to pack healthy, non-perishable foods from home in your carry-on luggage.
- Limit high calorie beverages. While alcoholic beverages may be tasty, they are also packed with sugar and empty calories (yes, we’re talking about margaritas, wine and all that!). Instead, choose water with lime or lemon, unsweetened iced or hot teas, or bring water flavorings with you in your luggage (i.e Crystal Light, Mio, etc).
- Downsize your portions. Restaurant portions are large. Order from the kids menu, order an appetizer as a meal, or share a meal with your dining partner.
- Don’t be afraid to question your waiter. Asking how a dish is prepared, asking that your entrée be served with vegetables instead of mashed potatoes, or/and asking for dressings to be served on the side are all great ideas to help shave off some extra unwanted calories.
- Keep active. Locate the hotel gym and make a plan to visit it at least a few times during your vacation. Swim laps in the pool or walk the premises of the resort. Keeping active will help to balance out beverage/food choices and avoid unwanted weight gain.