Vacation Weight Gain – How to Avoid Overindulging While You’re Away
When trying to lose or maintain weight, it seems like there are always temptations that can throw you off track. This is especially true while you’re on vacation. Although you probably won’t gain a significant amount of weight during a one-week vacation, overindulging can all too easily be carried over to your everyday eating habits when you return. The potential for vacation weight gain increases for those who own a summer home. The whole season becomes a vacation, and you can find yourself enjoying way too much of the local fare.
We’re not saying you shouldn’t splurge a little while you’re on vacation. However, keeping those splurges to a minimum can help you avoid vacation weight gain. It can also help you to return home with your healthy eating habits intact.
Avoid the “Last Chance” Mentality
Thinking this is your last chance to enjoy the local fare is a common cause of vacation weight gain. Whether it’s seafood at the shore or croissants in Paris, eating too many of these delicacies won’t increase or extend your enjoyment. It could have a negative impact on your vacation. Overeating, particularly when enjoying foods you don’t normally eat, can leave you feeling sluggish and uncomfortable – not exactly how you want to feel while you are on vacation.
When mealtime rolls around, pick one dish your vacation spot is known for and eat a reasonable portion. Take your time and savor your meal. If you eat too fast, your body won’t have a chance to signal that you’re full before you overeat.
Bigger Isn’t Better
Going on vacation and eating out go hand in hand. Restaurant portions are typically oversized, and the attempt to clear your plate can leave you with physical discomfort. It can also cause you to experience guilt over straying from your normal eating habits. It is especially true if you are trying to lose rather than just maintain your weight.
There are a few options that can help you avoid overeating and vacation weight gain. Choose an item on the menu both you and a vacation companion like and share it. No one wants to share? Then eat half your meal and get a to-go box for the other half. Nothing says you have to eat out for every meal while you’re on vacation. Whether you’re staying at a resort (most hotels have a fridge and a microwave) or at your vacation home, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite local fare a second time without the guilt or discomfort.
You can also choose an appetizer or two rather than ordering a large meal. At dinner time, see if the restaurant will allow you to choose from their lunch menu as the portions are typically smaller.
Approach the Buffet with Caution
Buffets are often found in resorts and many large hotel chains. While the selection may be appealing, when it comes to vacation weight gain, buffets are often the culprit. The urge to try a little bit of everything can lead to a whole lot of food on your plate. The best choice is to avoid the buffet altogether if possible but if it’s your only option, approach it as you would a menu. Only choose one main dish with minimal side dishes and don’t go back for seconds.
Vacation Weight Gain Hangover
Did you fall off the wagon while on vacation? Don’t beat yourself up about it. However, it’s important not to bring those bad eating habits home with you. Everything about life goes back to normal after vacation. That should include healthy eating habits.
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