If you are about to set off on the vacation you have been dreaming of for some time; you may be having a few fears about how you will maintain your healthy diet protocol. With all the delicious food you are going to come across, how will you keep hunger at bay and cravings in line?
Many people worry about this when they are planning their vacation, and the good news is with a few smart and doable tips, you should have no problem keeping yourself accountable.
Here is what to know…
1. Include a Lot of Walking in Your Day. First, focus on walking throughout your day. Walking tours can last under an hour, while longer ones can take in multiple exciting sites and last much longer. Most people naturally do this on vacation since they are sightseeing anyway. The more walking you do, the more calories you will burn and the more food you can afford to eat.
Additionally, many people do find walking helps combat hunger pains as well, and they are less hungry when they are moving more during their day.
2. Permit Yourself To Have A Treat A Day. It is also a wise move to let yourself have a treat every day. Permit yourself to indulge in something you know you will enjoy. Of course, this may cause you to gain a pound or two over the holiday period, but that weight can be lost when you return home and back into your normal routine. It is a shame to remain hyper-focused on your food choices when you are on holiday and you do not get to enjoy 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 making yourself engage in a full-out binge, gaining 10 pounds in the process. A couple of pounds are easy to lose as a rule, but ten is going to involve more effort.
3. Stay Hydrated. Staying hydrated is also essential. Being well hydrated will help you put hunger aside and make it easier to combat any food cravings. Drink water whenever possible as the calories in all the mixed drinks, sugary juices, or whatever else you are drinking, will add up.
4. Remind Yourself Of The Bigger Picture. Finally, remind yourself of 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 you can enjoy yourself on holiday; even indulging in some of the treats you usually avoid at home without gaining much weight.