Gaining weight on your vacation is something that is all too common. It is easy to get caught up in the joy of being able to sleep in as late as you want, eat and drink out for every meal, and get out of your normal healthy (or healthy-ish) routine.
While it is important to enjoy your vacation and not put too much stress on yourself instead of living in the moment, it is never fun to get home from a trip and realize that none of your pants fit anymore and those 7 days of gluttony will take 1 month of work to undo.
Here are some of the best tips for making sure that you only pack on minimal pounds while on your trip.
Try Not To Stray Too Much From Your Routine
If you have a fairly sensible routine in your normal day to day life then try not to stray too much from that. You can enjoy your meals and eat more carbs, fat, and sugar than you normally would. Come on, it is a vacation after all. However, any drastic changes or deviation from your normal routine could throw you off that much worse.
Therefore, loosely stick to your normal routine. If you take supplements, continue taking them on your trip. If you work out, try to schedule in a few workouts. Staying fairly consistent with incorporating your normal routine into your vacation routine will help ease you back into the real world again once your vacation is over and you go back home.
Walk As Much As You Can
If you are in a location which is warm and easy to access your destinations by foot, try to opt for walking as much as you can instead of taking cabs or renting cars. Even 30 minutes a day can burn extra calories. However, most likely you’ll be walking even more than that if you’re somewhere with a lot of sites to see.
Think of it this way, the more you move, the less guilt you have to feel about having a few extra heavy meals.
Avoid Sugary Drinks
One of the biggest culprits of weight gain during vacation is alcohol. Alcohol packs 150-350 calories depending on the drink. Sometimes even more if you opt for something like a margarita or Pina Colada.
Try opting for low-calorie options like a light beer, wine, or alcohol with soda water or a diet drink. This won’t make your cocktails completely calorie free but it will reduce your caloric intake significantly. Not to mention reduce your hangovers the next morning. Studies show that alcoholic drinks with higher sugar content contribute to a stronger headache the next day.