Enjoy Your Vacation Without Gaining a Pound
Bring Back Fond Memories, Not Extra Weight
You work hard all year to earn your vacation, a coveted chance to relax and
enjoy family and friends without the pressures of work. But while a vacation is
a time to have fun, it shouldn't be a time to sabotage your weight-loss
I like to think of vacation as a time for "social weight
maintenance" -- a time to splurge a little and enjoy the festivities, but
without gaining weight.
Dine out without overdoing it. What better time
than a vacation to break free from daily duties in the kitchen? The good news
is that healthy food can be found on virtually every menu, from fast-food
outlets to fancy, sit-down restaurants. Though most restaurants offer large
portions, don't let this deter you from eating out or sticking with your plan.
You can share your meal, or take home half to eat the next day (if your hotel
room has a mini-fridge). Another option is to order an appetizer and salad and
skip the entrÃ©e.
- Since portion
control is one of the most important elements of weight loss, you should stick
with the portions you've become accustomed to eating while on the plan.
Make healthy choices. Choose foods that are
simply prepared. Forget the mysterious sauces and focus on grilled, broiled,
steamed, and baked versions of your favorite foods. One aim of the WebMD Weight
Loss Clinic program is to help you learn to love healthier foods. You can enjoy
the taste of eating right while on vacation and at home.
Let Your Plan Be Your Guide
Let your eating plan be your guide. Before you
leave, print out a copy of your plan for easy reference. This will help ensure
you're getting all the nutrients you need while giving you a guideline to
follow. Use a notebook to jot down what you eat, and you can copy it into your
journal when you return home, if you wish. The very act of writing down what
you eat is an excellent motivator.
Check out the local market. It's summertime and
the living is easy, so why not check out the fabulous fresh produce available
at a local market? If you are in a foreign location (or at least one foreign to
you), be adventurous and try a new food. Chances are, you will discover
something healthy and delicious you can add to your plan.
Plan ahead. If your vacation has you on an
airplane or in the car for long periods, pack a little cooler with healthy
goodies so you don't cave in to tempting road food. Fresh fruit; veggies;
sliced cheese and whole-grain crackers or a sandwich; along with a bottle of
cold water, will probably do the trick.
Fitness can be fun. No more excuses: You have
plenty of time while on vacation to do something active each day. Pack
sneakers, shorts, T-shirts, and a bathing suit, and start your day with a walk
on the beach, swim in the pool, bike ride around town, or a hike into the
hills. Find activities that you can share with your family while enjoying the
beautiful surroundings outside. You will feel energized afterward and ready for
the next vacation activity.