If you are about to go on the vacation you have been dreaming of for some time; you may have several fears about how you will maintain your healthy diet. With all the delicious food you will come across, how will you keep your hunger in the nest and your longing in line?
Many people worry about this when planning their vacation, and the good news is with a few smart and doable tips, you should have no problem holding yourself accountable.
Here’s what you need to know …
1. Include lots of walking in your day. First, focus on walking throughout the day. Walking tours can last under an hour, while longer ones can take numerous exciting objects and last much longer. Most people naturally do this on vacation because they have seen the sights anyway. The more you walk, the more calories you will burn and the more food you can afford to eat.
In addition, many people find that walking also helps fight hunger pains, and they are less hungry when they move more during the day.
2. Allow yourself to treat yourself one day. It is also a sensible move to allow yourself to treat yourself every day. Allow yourself to indulge in something you know you will enjoy. Of course, this can lead to gaining a pound or two during the vacation period, but you can lose that weight when you return home and back to your usual routine. It’s a shame to stay hyper-focused on your food choices when you’re on vacation and you don’t enjoy enjoying some of the different foods available. Trying new foods is one of the great joys of traveling.
There is a difference between allowing yourself to enjoy a treat and forcing yourself to get involved, gaining 10 pounds in the process. A few pounds are easy to lose as a rule, but ten will require more effort.
3. Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated is also essential. Being well hydrated will help you put hunger aside and make it easier to fight any food cravings. Drink water whenever possible, as the calories in all mixed drinks, sugary juices or anything else you drink will be added.
4. Recall the bigger picture. Finally, recall the bigger picture. You are not there just for the food, but for the sights, the company and to experience the “real” destination.
Keep these tips in mind and know that you can enjoy a vacation; even indulge in some of the treats you usually avoid at home without gaining much weight.