How to go on a cruise and not gain weight
How to go on a cruise and not gain weight. This page will be so easy to write! We, that’s Marion and myself, are people, maybe just like you, who love cruising. Then, unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic, all cruising came to an abrupt stop, of course. But now it seems to be back on the agenda, in fact we already have one booked for later this year. And fingers crossed everything stays as it is.
So whilst this page focuses on Cruising it applies to any All-Inclusive Holiday. ON this page we are going to share with you a number of tips around weight loss and permanent weight management. If you are interested, further down the page we will share details with you of our award winning permanent weight loss treatment. If you’re cruising or taking a holiday in the near future, check out this page on the site Weight Loss Ideas.
How to Go On A Cruise and not gain Weight
When we are not cruising, which sadly is most of the time, then we are working. We have devoted the last fifteen years to the development of our unique psychology-based, permanent weight loss treatment. With a client list of over a thousand people, celebrities included, we have accumulated over 15,000 hours of 1:1 client treatment time, earning us the label of weight loss specialists. Working with these clients has given us first-hand knowledge and experience regarding the psychological issues overweight people have about food, food choices and eating.
Cruise and Not Gain Weight
So for us, writing a post about our two passions in life, cruising and weight loss, is a dream ticket. So, back to you: what would be utopia, for you, and the majority of cruise passengers? We believe it would be to enjoy every meal and cocktail, and return home the same weight as when you left, or at least close to it. We think that it is ‘almost’ possible.
Enjoy every day and every meal: you deserve it!
You can enjoy the delicious food presented to you, enjoy your fair share of elaborate main courses, desserts, cocktails … and still return home being able to fit in the clothes you wore the day you embarked! Cruise tourists? There are many sayings and clichés: they go on board as passengers and roll back down the gangway as cargo. Crew often describe cruise passengers as a herd of cows: large, easily contented, and grazing all day!
So, we will divide this post into three sections…
Lose weight before you cruise
Stabilise weight during the cruise
Lose weight following the cruise
Lose Weight Before you Cruise
Make a point of only eating when you’re physically hungry. Resist the temptation to reach for food just because it’s there in front of you! You will be faced with virtually unlimited food temptations whilst on the cruise. So, if you’ve practiced building up your resistance beforehand, you’re less likely to succumb! You could take a look at the My Weigh Less treatment.
Did you know overweight people tend to confirm that they eat when they are tired, sad, lonely, depressed, bored, stressed, or to reward themselves? Seldom do they mention the word hunger! You can read an interesting blog post around Psychology and Eating.
Ease off the alcohol ahead of a cruise, especially if you’ve booked the fully-inclusive “drinks package”. You can potentially save yourself hundreds of calories, helping you to shift a couple of pounds over a few weeks. You will definitely have chance to more than make up for your period of abstinence, once you’re on board!
Did you know that alcohol will rapidly increase the perceived levels of hunger, resulting in a double negative effect? Take a look at the page Why We love Sugar, Fat and Salt.
to help you. Find a couple of minutes each day, maybe when you wake in the morning, or just before you go to sleep at night, to visualise yourself, walking on board the ship, a couple of pounds lighter than normal, feeling like a million dollars, full of confidence. Visualise how others will see you; try to experience in your mind your elevated level of energy.
In sports psychology one powerful tool used is getting the athlete to ‘see the end before the beginning.’ We call it ‘Going Back to The Future’: it works… And, just before you leave home to join your cruise ship, why not get on the scales and weigh yourself. Make a note of the result, and then you will have the data written down ready for your return. Hopefully you will be a couple of pounds, maybe more, lighter than normal when you leave: that alone should ensure you arrive at the ship with a particularly large smile on your face.
Stabilise Your Weight During the Cruise
You have, hopefully, arrived on board your cruise ship at your optimum weight, or ideally, just below it. Maybe you have chosen your cabin, paid extra for the drinks package, and possibly even considered the menus in the speciality dining restaurants. You are full of confidence, feeling and looking great, better than you have for ages. Let the fun begin!
How to Handle the Buffet
Did you know that the further away a person sits from the food at a buffet, the less likely they are to overeat? So, put as much distance as possible between you and the food! It’s also helpful if you make a point of sitting with your back to the food once you’ve made your choice, so you’re not looking at, and being tempted by all of the other different dishes on offer, while you’re actually eating your meal.
People tend to “eat with their eyes”, so the more attractive the food looks, the more appetising it tastes! Also, the more of the appealing food we can see, the more tempted we might be to overindulge. Make your decisions quickly and then walk away from temptation, before you reach for even more options that you’ve just spotted.
Stabilise Your Weight During the Cruise – the Buffet
Did you know that asking your partner to visit the buffet and choose a small selection of food for you, rather than you viewing the wonderful variations available, is almost guaranteed to reduce your total calorie consumption? Do ensure, however, they only visit the buffet once; our observational research indicated that most overweight people visit the buffet three times per sitting!!! So “out of sight, out of mind” really may help!
Don’t be shy about ordering half portions, or asking for sauces to be served on the side. Never feel obliged to choose something from all the various courses on offer. Not many people actually need a four-course meal every day!
Reset Weight Gain During Your Cruise
If you are tempted by a cocktail, then be aware that it’s easier to drink calories mindlessly than to eat them in the form of solid food. As a typical cocktail can contain several hundred calories, you could regard it as a dessert (in fact it is probably worse than a dessert!). Your body, in all probability, doesn’t need a calorie-laden drink as well as a pudding, so if you’re going for the cocktail, skip the dessert, and vice-versa!
that alcohol is referred to as the ‘devil’ when it comes to weight control? Not only does it enhance hunger, guaranteeing that you are tempted to eat more, but also it is regarded as a toxin by the body. This results in it being processed quickly, and ahead of anything else in your stomach. This means that if you had half a bottle of wine with your steak and all the trimmings, the body would metabolise the alcohol first, leaving the steak and fries in your stomach to turn to fat: sad, but true.
Lose Weight following the cruise.
So you’ve survived your cruise, thoroughly enjoyed the whole holiday, letting your hair down and breaking free from your usual everyday stresses and strains. Now it’s time to assess the damage and face up to the excess baggage you’ve possibly brought back home with you, after a week or so of indulging in that delicious food and enticing alcohol!
Decide to get on the scales as soon as possible after you get home, so you can establish and record your post-cruise weight. People often find that at least some of the personal “excess baggage” they return home with thankfully leaves them very quickly of its own accord, especially if you consider the potential water retention if you’ve had to fly to and from your cruise.
Change your mindset, think positive and focus on the future. It is of little use being negative and dwelling on what might have been, or feeling down about a little weight gain. If, going forward, you focus all your energy on being positive and concentrating on what you DO want to achieve, then you will get the desired outcome. You get whatever you focus on, so focus on looking ahead and getting your body back shipshape again!
Remember it can all be reversed with just a little effort. And ‘little’ is the important word here. Very small steps, changes in a person’s relationship with food, and just what and how much they eat, can return enormous, positive results. Think: ‘Could I cut out, or cut down on sugar? Could I reduce the amount of carbohydrates that I eat? Could I take a short walk each day?’
A Few Top Tips For You Cruisers.
1. Keep away from the cocktails.
Lounging around on a boat for multiple hours per day, maybe incorporating an afternoon nap on a sun lounger, could result in you burning as few as just 600 calories. And, as if that’s not bad enough, it’s quite likely to only take around eight minutes or so, to drink the same 600 calories in one Piña Colada! Shocking, but true! Give the cocktails a wide berth….
2. Try to skip one of your meals each day on board.
The extensive choice of delicious food can be one of the main attractions on board a cruise ship, and sometimes cruisers can find it challenging to avoid slipping into what we call “The Last Supper” syndrome, whenever they are eating in one of the many different restaurants.
Intermittent Fasting can be Beneficial
Whilst there’s nothing wrong with indulging yourself occasionally, it will become a potential issue if you follow the Last Supper mentality all day and every day during your cruise! We’re not saying that you have to miss out on anything, just be realistic, and if you really can’t decide between two different options, don’t be afraid to ask for just a small taster of each, rather than ordering a full-size portion.
3. Eat when you’re hungry, not bored.
How many people, who have issues around their weight find themselves eating for the wrong reason? They eat when they are bored, sad, lonely, depressed, tired or just to please someone else. Don’t let that be you!
4. Take a stroll around the deck at night before bed.
We’re not talking about going for a jog or playing a game of squash! We are suggesting that after dinner, just taking a stroll around the deck. The fresh air, and gentle exercise will ensure you are in the best position to digest your food, and have a pleasant night’s sleep.
5. Don’t save the best till last, ever.
When you ask an overweight person what order they eat their food in, most will confirm they save the best bit till last. If you watch slim people eat, you will notice that generally they tend to eat the food on the plate in equal amounts throughout the meal. Overweight people save whatever is their favourite, let’s say it’s fillet steak, until the end, almost like it’s their reward for clearing their plate. As a result, they have to carry on, feeling obligated to hoover their way through every last morsel to get the prize!
Below are three tips for dieters that everyone should be following.
Tip No. 1 – Drink a Glass or Two of Water Before Your Meal!
Reduce your calorie intake by over 20%, with almost with no effort! Research results, published by Harvard Medical showed that people who drank two large glasses of water, just before eating, consumed, on average, around 20% less food than previously. This is possibly as a result of the stretching and fullness sensation in the stomach.
Tip No. 2 – Use a Smaller Plate!
You’ve probably heard this many times before, but it’s a fact that people who use larger plates tend to eat more food than those who eat from smaller plates. No doubt you know about the power of optical illusions. But are you aware of just how much more generous the same size portion of food appears, when it’s arranged on a smaller plate, instead of a larger one? Have a look at the image below. It’s known as the Delboeuf optical illusion. If you stick to our mantra, “always go for quality over quantity”, then you will definitely lose weight much more easily.
Tip No. 3 – Eat Slowly and Mindfully!
A growing number of studies have consistently found a correlation between speed of eating and weight, so it is officially accepted now that faster eaters are definitely more likely to become overweight. Studies have also shown that people are much more likely to eat more when their eating is mindless, as opposed to mindful. So, make meal times an occasion by sitting down at a table, with no distractions. Then eat slowly and savour every mouthful. You will naturally eat less food and also find it easier to lose weight as a result!
A Permanent Solution to Weight Loss
Are you tired of trying an endless list of diets that just don’t work? Are you becoming weary of your efforts, always resulting in you regaining all the lost weight? Has your approach to dieting made you fear social events?
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Lose Weight in a Healthy Way
So, how do we start to lose weight in a healthy and permanent way? There are so many approaches to weight loss. Put Diet, or Weight loss into Google, for example, and you will have over a million referrals, in a heartbeat. We would be naive to say that the My Weigh Less treatment provides 100% success. We will not insult your intelligence! Sarah Hart, below, lost 140 pounds following her treatment.
The My Weigh Less treatment is psychology-focused. The fully downloadable treatment has been the subject of extensive real person trials. But, as with your considerations regarding any weight loss approach, do take a look at the verified case studies, and their before and after photos on the My Weigh Less Site. If you require additional comfort, which is fair enough, visit the Medical Endorsement page.
The My Weigh Less treatment package consists of twelve, one-hour weight loss sessions, with Martin and Marion Shirran. In addition to the twelve sessions, clients receive a number of videos, animated presentations, visual aids and hypnosis sessions.
The My Weigh Less Course is new and refreshing, incorporating the latest, science-based, behavioural change techniques. Completely based on an approach that has changed the lives of over a thousand people. You too can experience the benefits, the changes in your life, and your thinking around food: maybe today… Martin, above, went on to lose 84 pounds.
If you want to lose weight for good, and have looked into different diets, and possibly even surgery, then take a step back, before you decide which approach to adopt. You do not need to spend any money right now. Just take ten minutes to read the pages of the My weigh Less site. After all, you have nothing to lose. Martin and Marion Shirran’s GMB site contains additional information.
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