14 Ways To Lose or Maintain Weight On Holiday Part 1
Losing or maintaining weight can be difficult when on holiday, with much of our plans often revolving around meal times. But this needn’t be the case, making a few simple switches will ensure you stay on track and arrive home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated rather then sluggish and heavy.
Have a quick read through the first installment, with 7 tips on how to maintain or lose weight with ease whilst on holiday.
1. Eating out but staying on track
It’s easy to go overboard on the portion sizes and unhealthy food choices when you eat out, but asking for a few customisations and making the right choices from the off will enable you to stay on the straight and narrow. Things you can request include:
- Gravy/sauce/dressing to be served on the side
- Replace an unhealthy aspect of your choice of meal with something healthier such as extra vegetables or a side salad
- If you have two courses, opt for a starter and main course rather than main course and desert
- Once you are comfortably full, ask the restaurant to box your leftovers to take home rather than eating to the point of discomfort
2. Take your 5-A-Day to go
Being on holiday can often mean long days out and about with little choice about where and what to eat. So plan for this and pack plenty of fruit and vegetables that can be munched whenever suits. These can include:
- Vegetable crudités such as carrots, edamame, celery and peppers
- Whole fruit such as apples, pears, bananas, plums
- Chopped fruit such as melon, pineapple and kiwi
3. Planning for a day out
If you know you are going to be out all day or are travelling with little let-up then be sure to take your lunch with you. A simple wrap filled with salad and protein and a side of plain nuts and a piece of fruit would be perfect. If the temperate is going to be an issue simply pack your lunch along with an icepack to ensure it stays fresh and cool.
4. Be adventurous with fruit and veg
Being abroad can often mean that a more varied and lesser-known choice of fruit and vegetables are available – take full advantage of this. In warmer climates they are often sweeter and more delicious than what you may be used to! Be sure to choose a wide range of colours to consume the maximum amount of antioxidants and vitamins.
5. Be sensible at the buffet
If you have gone all inclusive, it can be tempting to over indulge in the buffet on a regular basis. Survey the choices on offer and choose wisely instead of periodically working your way along the tables.
6. Be cautious at the salad bar
As we mentioned in earlier, be cautious of the dressings that may come with your meal choices. Be sure not to undo your good intentions by drowning salad in creamy dressings. Use sparingly, or better yet, stick with balsamic vinegar.
7. Avoid rich and heavy meals
Try to avoid anything creamy or fried, if you are able to make a request, ask for your meal to be grilled.