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After Vacation: Tips to Bounce Back Fast

Suffering from the post-vacation blues? Here's how to ease the re-entry into your regular life.

Tip No. 4: Let Vacation Give Your Everyday Life a Boost

A vacation can help a family start eating better, according to Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, the "recipe doctor" for WebMD's Weight Loss Clinic.

"Usually when you're on vacation you eat out a lot, so when you come home, everyone is probably looking forward to having home-cooked meals. So embrace that, celebrate that -- use it as a way to kick-start your plan for making more home-cooked meals," Magee says. "It's a great time to get wonderful food into your diet."

Magee also urges people to get some exercise while on vacation. Besides contributing to sleep, exercise helps avoid weight gain brought on by those generous vacation portions.

"Some people actually come back from vacation surprised that they haven't gained weight, even though they've been eating out in restaurants, because they've been getting exercise," Magee says. "When you come back rested and happy, you can use that as motivation to keep exercising and preparing wholesome meals."

Reviewed on July 10, 2007

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