Are you planning a business trip or vacation anytime soon? Are you dreading the weight you will gain during your trip and the diet you will have to follow when you get back home? Some people actually try to lose weight before their trip because they know they will gain weight. Your routine will change, you might not have time to work out, you will be eating out a lot, and timings of your meals will change. Worry no more! When it comes to maintaining a healthful eating plan on vacation, follow these simple steps in order to enjoy the new, fun, and exciting foods that come with traveling without packing on the extra kilos.
- Pack healthy snacks from home such as cereal bars, granola bars, dried fruits, nuts, 100 calorie packs, and small boxes of corn flakes. Keep them in your hotel room and don’t forget to put some in your purse or handbag when you are on the go…exploring the city for instance. Don’t forget that packing snacks from home is also money saving!
- Explore the new sights on foot! Choose to walk if you can instead of taking a taxi. Increasing your physical activity will help you to expend calories and thus prevent weight gain. Also, if you have access to a gym at the hotel, try to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. If not, you can do your own workout routine in your room in the morning or do something at night such as yoga, jumping jacks, aerobics, etc…
- Meal timings are very important! You might tend to skip meals unintentionally while on vacation and choose to have a large breakfast and dinner or maybe only one meal a day. Try to avoid this as much as possible. You need to eat small frequent meals that are spread out throughout the day: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner. That is why it is also important for you to carry healthy snacks with you.
- Eat smart and stay away from buffets where you will not be able to control the amount of food you are consuming. Most hotels offer breakfast buffets. Remember breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t skip it. Instead, build up only one plate from the buffet and try to limit the fatty foods.
- You don’t have to avoid desserts or high calorie foods entirely. While on vacation, you will want to try new items. Just reduce the amount you eat to a few bites.
- Some restaurants offer large portions; so either split a plate with a friend or order half a portion if feasible.
- If you are a drinker, it is understandable that your alcohol intake might increase while on vacation. Don’t forget that alcohol also has calories. So if you choose to drink more than one serving of an alcoholic beverage, cut calories from your meal or skip the dessert.