Weight gain on vacation seems almost inevitable. Frankly, every trip I go on, I gain at least five pounds. After getting in a groove of eating a 90% healthy diet and hitting the gym every other day, something about a vacation throws me entirely off track and I come back with an extra roll of skin I did not request. I used to equate it to living my best life, but the facts are I’m getting older, and my body does not shed the pounds as it used to in my early twenties. Nowadays, I’m all about balance and being mindful about what and how much I put in my body. That doesn’t mean my vacations are full of restrictions, but I try to treat my body with more care than the havoc I wrecked on it in my earlier years. The following tips are what I’ve picked up in my almost decade of travel to maintain my weight while living it up on holiday.
Share Your Intentions
Whenever I go on a trip, I make sure to let the people know I’m with that I’m trying to be mindful of what I eat and dedicate myself to working out while on vacay. That way, I not only have made my plans known, but I have some accountability. And maybe even your friends will want to join in on the journey.
Skip The Junk Food At The Airport
The airport can be a minefield for terrible eating. Avoid the early trap of junk eating by sticking with fruit, veggies, and water.
Drink Lots Of Water
Drinking water before you decide to eat can help curb your appetite. Often, people find themselves hungry when it’s just their bodies telling them they are dehydrated. So, drink water and save on the calories.
Employ A Strategic Eating Plan
Whenever I go on vacation and have big plans for a meal, I always try to make sure I get in a good cardio workout beforehand to help curb some of those calories. Also, I make sure to avoid heavy carbs like bread, cheese, and wine until my more substantial meals, like dinner.
Come Up With A Plan Of Attack When You Get Back From Vacation
The saying goes, “The best-laid plans of life often go astray.” That can be said for your diet. We all go in with the best of intentions when we go on vacation, and then we pay for trying to live in the moment when our favorite pair of jeans don’t fit post vacay. And you know what, that’s okay. Instead of beating yourself up about gaining a few pounds of fun, come up with a plan to get back on track. Do a three-day green drink detox, plan to attend your favorite workout classes, hit the gym three to five times a week, or simply fast from alcohol or sweets for a while.
What hacks have worked for your diet while traveling? Share in the comments, below!