Summer vacations are fun and relaxing. However, they can be challenging on your diet and fitness goals.
Unfortunately, high-calorie meals and snacks are almost unavoidable on vacation.
But you can have fun, and go on vacation without gaining weight.
Don’t eat out every meal. Just because you are traveling does not mean you need to eat out for every meal. Stopping by a local market or food store when you reach your destination can end up saving you money and calories on vacation.
Grabbing some healthy snacks and meals is also a great way to skip the drive-through on a road trip.
Be active. Find out what activities are included at your hotel or that are nearby. Does the hotel have a gym, tennis courts, bike rentals or a yoga studio? At the beach, sign up for surfing or paddle board lessons. It's easy to stay active when the activities are fun and special to vacation.
Watch portion sizes. Don't eat too much at the buffet. Learn your portion sizes at home, first. By measuring your food at home once or twice, you will be able to estimate appropriate sizes in restaurants. Take your time when eating to allow your stomach to let you know when you're full. In fact, it may be best to avoid the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Be smart when you eat out. Look for restaurants that are within walking distance from the hotel so you can stay active to-and-from your meal. Also, eat a planned snack about one hour before you go out so you won’t be hungry when you get there. Avoid the bread basket.
Ask. Ask if you can substitute a carb or starch with an extra serving of vegetables, and request sauces and dressings on the side. In many situations, you can chose how you want your food served.
Bring a resistance band. Resistance bands are light, small and easy to pack in a suitcase of any size. Find opportunities to grab a quick workout -- even in your hotel room.
Stay hydrated. Don't forget to drink plenty of water while traveling.
No matter where you are, make healthy choices and stick to your routine the best you can. Anticipate the wonderful things you'll be doing, the sights you'll be seeing and remind yourself how great it feels to be able to walk and move more.
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