Avoid Vacation Weight Gain: 5 Simple Rules
You can enjoy your vacation without packing on the pounds.
Vacation Tip No. 3: Avoid Dining-Out Disasters continued...
The key is to order simply prepared foods, such as baked, broiled. or
grilled meats and fish.
"It is easy to control calories if you stay away from fried, crispy, or
creamy foods; hold extras such as cheese and mayo; top salads with low-fat
dressings; drink water instead of sodas -- simple things that can shave
calories and make room for the special treats," says Blatner.
Another strategy is to rent a house equipped with a kitchen (or at least a
barbeque grill) and access to a grocery store so you can prepare your own
healthy foods and snacks.
Prefer not making beds or cooking? Request a refrigerator for your
hotel room so you can store healthy snacks, such as low-fat yogurt, cheese,
fruit, low-fat milk, smoothies, and veggies. Healthy snacks will help you
manage hunger between meals so you won’t be ravenous when you go out to
Even without a refrigerator, you can snack on healthy, shelf-stable foods
- Trail mix
- Dried fruit
- Low-fat crackers.
- Single-serve containers of fruit
- Peanut butter
- Granola or cereal bars
- Rice or popcorn cakes
- Graham crackers
Vacation Tip No. 4: Indulge in Moderation
Deprivation is no fun when you're on vacation. Instead, "the name of the
game is moderation when it comes to controlling calories from treats and
alcohol," says Blatner.
So have one scoop of ice cream instead of the sundae, or split that decadent
dessert with a dining companion.
When you drink alcohol, the calories add up fast, especially if you are
downing those fancy drinks that come with an umbrella. So make a plan for when
you'll drink alcoholic beverages and how much you will consume.
Diekman suggests alternating alcoholic drinks with nonalcoholic, noncalorie
beverages, so you'll stay well-hydrated and reduce your total calorie intake.
And when ordering alcoholic drinks, opt for lower-calorie choices such as light
beer, wine spritzers, wine, champagne, or spirits mixed with water or diet
Vacation Tip No. 5: Pare Down Portions
Even when you're on vacation, portions count if you want to avoid weight
"Enjoy small portions of whatever you like, [and] eat slowly so you
taste the food and feel a sense of satisfaction, enjoyment, and relaxation of
the vacation," suggests Diekman.
But keep in mind that lingering around the table can lead to overeating. She
suggests moving the gathering away from the dining area to a porch, balcony or
another location where you can enjoy the beauty of your vacation
If you are among the many folks who like to sit around the table for hours,
"remove the plates and food and keep the water glasses full so you are in
control instead of the food and beverages controlling you," says