Concerned about your weight?
Hopefully My #l Travel Tip And Checklist will share tips and information you find helpful.
My #l Travel Tip: Do not try to lose weight on vacation.
I have worked with dieters for years. We have prepared for vacations. We have gone over countless travel tips. We have strategized. We have planned. We have prepared. Unfortunately very few dieters have been able to lose weight when traveling. I feel it is a VICTORY when a dieter comes back “weight neutral”. They have not lost and they have not gained. It is a weight achievement, and most of all–they have enjoyed their vacation! Vacation enjoyment has value, and is helpful when one resumes a weight loss program.
How can we stay “weight neutral” on vacation? Here is a checklist:
- I always say that “preparation is the name of the game” in weight loss. “Prepare” for your vacation by losing some weight before you go. That’s right—a little weight loss before your vacation is a good thing.
- Eat before you leave home to go to the airport. This is so simple to do. Why search the airport for healthy food options, when you have great choices in your refrigerator?
- If you find you do need to eat at the airport, make thoughtful food choices. Luckily, we now have more healthful options available in airport terminals. I found these wonderful salads in an airport Potbelly.
- Vacations do not need to be “all about the food”. Restaurants are fun, but so are tours, sight seeing, museums, and shopping.
- Some food indulgences can be part of one’s vacation. Care should be taken with portion size and the number of times one has a special treat.
- Research restaurants before you go. Read their menu online to be sure they have some healthy food options that you enjoy. Click here to read about 9 Easy Tips To Help You Dine Out And Not Destroy Your Diet.
- One of my favorite vacation “treats” is ordering room service breakfast. I remember to request, no toast, and no potatoes—instead sliced tomatoes.
- Do not miss meals. Try to eat on your usual schedule. Missing meals and “starving” yourself to “save calories” for a “big special meal” often results in overeating.
- Are you an exerciser? Exercise can be even more fun on vacation!
- Do not be short on sleep while on vacation. It can affect your weight. Click here to read more.
- Be careful with alcohol—do not let alcoholic beverages destroy your diet while on vacation.
- If you derail on your vacation, do not “beat yourself up”. Simply get right back on your program.
I have shared My #1 Travel Tip and Checklist. I hope you find some of these tips useful as you travel.