Dieting on Vacation: 5 Tips
Summer’s here. The warm weather is inviting, so traveling is high on everybody’s to-do list this season. For those of us on a diet, a vacation can spell disaster for our waistlines. That doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge here or there – after all, it’s a time to get away and de-stress from real life. Follow these vacation tips to minimize the diet damage:
1. Book a hotel with a gym: A lot of hotels have gyms – you just have to look. Even if their “gym” is just a lone treadmill and some free weights, it’s better than the alternative: nothing. And who says you have to stay indoors to burn some calories? Go for a run outside. After all, the weather is pretty nice outside. As long as you stay active somehow – indoors, outdoors, cardio, weight-training, etc. – your metabolism will thank you.
2. Use common sense. If you’re reading the restaurant menu and notice that something’s fried, you can be sure it’s loaded with fats and calories. The same goes for anything that comes with sauces – pastas are big culprit. Read menu descriptions carefully and be on the lookout for keywords like fried, sautéed, butter, etc. If all else fails, stick to salads – just be careful with dressings. With that said…
3. Do some research. Read about the restaurants around the hotel and check out their websites. Chances are that some sort of nutritional information is available. With that information in hand, you can pick something that fits your specific diet. Maybe you want a low-carb dish. Maybe you’re looking for something high in protein. Do some Internet digging to find the right dishes for you.
4. Drink plenty of water. If you find yourself hungry between meals, it might just be thirst. A lot of times, we are thirsty and just don’t realize it. Drink a glass of water and wait a few minutes. If you’re no longer feeling hungry, you just needed to hydrate. If you’re still hungry afterward, eat a healthy snack like fruit – stay away from sweets and other calorie-packed munchies.
5. Indulge…occasionally. Look, you’re on vacation. If there’s a dessert or appetizer you really want to try, go for it. Just don’t do it at every meal – moderation is everything. Vacations are meant to be fun. As long as you stay active and follow the other tips above, you can give into the occasional craving without worrying about your progress. Good luck!