Tips for Maintaining your Weight and Wellbeing on Holiday

April 27, 2013 BY: LISA

This is a guest post from Cole Millen- Thanks Cole

For those of us who have always had problems with losing weight, the idea of going on holiday can have both positive and negative connotations.  We all want to look our best for our trip abroad.  So begins the never ending quest for the perfect beach body.  But what do you do once you have lost weight, and toned up your body enough to show it off proudly on the beach?  You might begin to worry about what you’re going to eat while you’re away that will keep the needle of the scales pointing to the number you want.  Well, just keep these step by step guidelines in mind during your holiday and you will maintain your weight loss and your sense of wellbeing. 

The Airport

It’s probably a positive thing here that most airport food is not that tempting.  However, most food is tempting if you are hungry.  So make sure you eat healthy low fat food at home before you leave for the airport and bring plenty of low fat snacks with you to keep you going during your wait at the airport and for the flight.  You will find your willpower much easier to hold onto if your stomach is not grumbling.

The Hotel

Some good advice here would be to find a nearby shop when you arrive at your hotel, or look one up online in advance and stock up your hotel room with lots of low fat healthy snacks to curb those hunger pangs.  And don’t forget, you can take advantage of the fact that room service is there to cater to your every whim.  Tell them exactly what you want on your food.  Choose wisely from the breakfast bar of your hotel.  They should have plenty of fresh fruit, wholegrain cereals and yoghurt to devour. Make sure to stay away from the high sugar cereals and muffins.

Eating Out

This could be one of the biggest tests of your willpower on holiday, as there are so many tempting options available in restaurants. Doing a little research into the restaurant you choose is important. You can easily find a menu online to determine which of them will offer healthy options. One of the major factors that I have found that has made a difference in my travels was when I began to read the reviews on the areas and restaurants of where I was staying before hand. Without this knowledge, it is practically a free for all when you get to where you are going and this is what often leads to unhealthy eating. Reading reviews from other travelers with the same healthy desires can be extremely helpful, especially when you find yourself staying in an area like Las Vegas hotels where you are surrounded by buffets. You should however, be able to find low fat food in most restaurants.  Make simple swaps: instead of fries, choose salad and ask for grilled rather than fried food.

Finally-be active!  There’s a lot to do and see on holiday and you should make the most of the sights and activities that are available to you.  Go on walking tours or give snorkeling a go.  Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

 Cole Millen, an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.” Some people plan a trip to “get away,” while others realize benefit of adding something greater to their current repertoire of knowledge, thought and emotion. Through my writings, I hope to influence the earlier, and connect with the latter

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