Vacation. Is there a harder obstacle on your weight loss journey? It may be tempting to see traveling as a vacation from the hard work you’ve invested in your weight loss goals. However, with a little planning and the right mindset, you can stay on track, protect your progress and still enjoy your getaway.
1) Focus on the fun, not the food. Sightseeing trips, cycling, dancing, hiking, swimming, skiing, horseback riding, canoeing—there are countless ways to work healthy physical activities into your vacation. These can also be great ways to build memories with friends and family.
2) Research your options. If you know you’ll want to dine out often on your trip, investigate the restaurants you might choose. Look for the healthiest options on the menu and figure out what best fits your food plan. Consider bookmarking the pages on your smartphone (if possible) or take notes as a reminder.
3) Remember you don’t have to dine out all the time. By all means, go to the luau, picnic or favorite corner cafe you’ve been looking forward to. But any time you’re just grabbing a bite, try to make your own low- or no-prep meals instead of relying on takeout or fast food. A trip to the local grocer or farmer’s market for healthy snacks and simple ingredients could help keep you slimmer (and your wallet fatter).
4) Plan for small indulgences. Too much deprivation can backfire, sending you totally off plan. If you know you’ll want to enjoy a local dish, a slice of wedding cake or a glass of wine, make it a part of your food strategy for the day. Stick to lower-calorie, filling foods leading up to a splurge; you’re more likely to be successful if you make small sacrifices beforehand, instead of trusting yourself to make up for it later.
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