For most people, being on vacation means an excuse to indulge on unhealthy foods. Sure, you can treat yourself every now and then but being on vacation should not translate to going all-out on unhealthy foods. But let’s face it, it’s hard to track one’s diet when on vacation. In today’s post, we are giving you easy, practical tips to help you keep in shape even while on a break:
Squeezing Time for Exercise
If say, you just can’t help yourself and you overindulged on unhealthy foods, make up for it by getting as much exercise as you can on a regular basis. Ideally, you want to reserve at least 45 minutes of every day doing some form of physical activity. To make your workout enjoyable, exercise outside the hotel gym. Walk on the beach for at least 45 minutes or rent a bike to explore the city. You can also swim laps at the pool or simply go on a lovely stroll to the nearby park. If you’re up for a real adventure, go on a hike or a trek to work up a good sweat!
Don’t Finish That Plate!
Studies show that women in general splurge when they eat out. And when they do, they consume more grams of fat and a higher total of calories per meal. If say, you are eating out and you want to have a great time without dieting ruining your night, consider eating only half of that full plate of food. This can effectively cut down your caloric consumption by 50%! If you can, order half-sized portions or get the appetizers as main meals. If the restaurant does not allow half-sized serving, take the whole serving, eat the half and leave the rest in a doggy bag.
Customize Your Orders
According to a survey, customers are more likely to customize their meals in restaurants where meals cost an average of $25. Most customers choose different dressing or change the portion sizes. Others are asking to have the meals parted into a doggy bag. These little changes might not sound much, but they can help limit your caloric intake effectively. Choosing a less fattening dressing will reduce your caloric intake by up to 20%. Changing the serving sizes is also a great way to manage your weight without depriving yourself. And we’ve discussed how putting half of your meal in a doggie bag can cut down your caloric consumption by up to 50%!
Focus on the Scenery
Good food is always a part of a great holiday, but it should not be the focus of your vacation! Put less emphasis on hitting the buffet every night and plan your vacation really well. Add activities that would offset the sinful foods you will wolf down later on. There should be a balance between physical activities and diet even when you’re on a getaway!
Do not underestimate the power of sight-seeing. When you’re exploring an unfamiliar place, the mind is away from food and focused on walking and discovering new things. When you’re traveling, we suggest exploring by foot or by using a bike. These are perfect ways to incorporate exercise with sight-seeing!