How to Maintain Your Weight Loss While on Vacation

Many people use an upcoming vacation as motivation to go on a diet and shed some unwanted pounds. Having a goal — whether it’s a number on a scale, a dress size, or just wanting to look good in a bathing suit — can be useful in sticking to a diet or weight loss plan.

Hopefully, before your trip you were able to lose 10 pounds, drop a size or two, or fit into that bikini. But while you’re on this exotic vacation looking fabulous, you don’t want to undo all your hard work.

One thing to keep in mind is that a holiday is not a time to focus on weight loss or to try to continue to lose weight. A vacation is time get away from the rigid structure of everyday life and really enjoy the things you love to do, even if that’s sipping champagne or sampling local pastries.

The experts at Marin Weight Loss & Wellness have put together these seven tips to help you have a good time on vacation and not worry about your weight, while still maintaining it.

1. Research local specialties

Find out what delicacies your destination offers and plan to try the ones that sound most appealing to you, instead of treating your vacation like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Keep in mind these local dishes can also include exotic fruits and fresh vegetables, so be sure to include those in your research and fill your plate with healthy, low-calorie specialties as well as a few calorie-laden ones.

2. Stay active

If you’re staying in a hotel that has a gym, be sure to pack your workout clothes and take advantage. Biking and walking are also great ways to see any city or town, so always opt for those alternative modes of transportation rather than buses and cars, if possible. You might also try to include fun activities such as kayaking, swimming, hiking, or tennis in your vacation planning. And check with your concierge for suggestions of beautiful walking routes or paths.

3. Don’t drink too much alcohol

Drinking more than one or two alcoholic beverages can lead one to unhealthy choices and delay the metabolism of food. No need to abstain from champagne and cocktails altogether, but know your limits. Also, try to drink your wine, beer, or happy hour beverage of choice with a meal.

4. Pack healthy snacks

Don’t arrive at a meal ravenous. Sightseeing and other fun vacation activities can burn calories, thankfully, and leave you slightly starving before your next meal. Visit a grocery and food market and stock up on some healthy snacks that you can pack around with you.

5. Practice portion control

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you should forget the lessons you learned during your program. You know what a serving is, so don’t go overboard just because you’re dining out for most meals. Eating a small portion of a local specialty that may not be that healthy can help you enjoy it without any collateral damage. At buffets, choose wisely and only make one trip!

6. Drink water

Remember, have you drank eight glasses of water a day or more? Drinking water on vacation is not only a great way to help you maintain your weight, it will also keep you hydrated and feeling energetic as you trek around town, lounge on a beach, or spend the day at a world-renowned museum.

7. Don’t go crazy

You may be tempted to go a little overboard with your eating and drinking on vacation, especially if you’ve been following a dietary program for a while to feel confident in a bathing suit for this very occasion. Don’t. Try to focus on how good you feel with increased energy and confidence. Concentrate on maintaining it with all of these tips.

Bon voyage!

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