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Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

Holidays and Weight Gain

The words just somehow gel with each other: holidays and weight gain are two words that are almost stuck together with super glue. They are really close friends that just love to hang out together. But why? And does it have to be that way? This blog is dedicated to Holidays and Gaining Weight.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

How Not to Gain Weight on Holiday

We all know the feeling. We’ve been good all year, carefully watching our diets and exercising regularly. Maybe we have been out and treated ourselves to some new clothes including a new swimsuit. We are looking forward to that special time when we are away, and the stress will hopefully evaporate. Holidays and Weight Gain.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

Holidays and Weight Gain

But then the holidays come along and all of our healthy habits go out the window. Before we know it, we’re eating too much, drinking too much, and not getting enough exercise. And the result is always the same: weight gain! And doesn’t that weight gain come on fast….! How Not to Gain Weight on holiday.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

How Not to Gain Weight on Holiday

Some people I have talked with tell me it often starts at the airport. They find themselves in the departure lounge, drinking alcohol and eating the most carbohydrate-dense foods on the planet. It is like they have spent months getting in shape for this trip, now let’s see how quick we can blow the whole thing out of the water. Some have said that it’s almost an unconscious action.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

Holidays are for Spoiling yourself

Please, don’t get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with spoiling yourself on holiday. After all, life is for living right….! You have waited all year for this break. But do we have to go from one extreme to the other, and what makes us do that to ourselves? Holidays and Weight Gain.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

Holidays and Weight Gain

We recently took a trip abroad with friends. We know them well, but this was the first time we had taken a holiday together. They normally take care of themselves, eat a healthy diet and seldom overdo the alcohol. But to watch them on holiday was like they were different people. After clearing security at Gatwick we went into a coffee shop place: we had over 90 minutes till departure.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

Coffee and Bacon Rolls

They had coffee and a bacon roll each; it was 6.45am. Our friend actually went back again and they both had a second one. So what, you may think, they are on holiday! You’re right! But two hours later, as we were starting our flight to Dubrovnik, the cabin crew went through the aircraft and placed a food tray including an aircraft version of an English breakfast in front of us. They ate that as well. Then they ordered a couple of small bottles of sparkling wine to get themselves in the spirit, they told us.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

Let’s grab a pizza….

By 11.00am we were booked into our hotel. By 1.00pm we were in the Old Town having a beer and they ordered pizzas for us all. Wow! Three meals, and 7 days’ supply of carbohydrate all before 1.30pm! And we had a complementary meal booked that night in a speciality restaurant at the hotel….This was just day one! Holidays and Weight Gain.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

Holidays and Weight Gain

In conclusion, the day after we returned home, our friend called round to visit and told us he had managed to gain 11 pounds in seven days. Impossible…? No: fact! Please do not think that we didn’t also over indulge, because we did. Thankfully though, our weight gain was not in the same league as our friends.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

How Not to Gain Weight on Holiday

So why do we tend to gain weight during holidays? Is it the food, the stress, or something else? There are a few theories out there about why we give in on holiday. One is that we tend to eat more because we’re more relaxed and have more time on our hands. Another is that we eat more because we’re surrounded by tempting foods that we wouldn’t normally have access to.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

All Inclusive, raises the stakes

And lastly, some experts believe that the change in our routine (sleeping in, staying up later) can lead to weight gain. Of course, if you are on an all-inclusive holiday, a whole new level of psychological issues are added into the mix. With an endless stream of free food and drink on tap 24 hours a day, the levels of temptation and entitlement are piqued.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

Avoiding holiday weight gain

So what can you do to avoid holiday weight gain? First, try to stick to your normal routine as much as possible. If you normally eat three meals a day, don’t start eating five because you’re on vacation. Below are a couple of tips we have implemented into our holiday lifestyle that have helped.

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Limit the alcohol

We made a commitment to try and limit our alcohol intake, most days, but not all. Now we try to not drink during the day as an example. We both love a G&T or two, before dinner on holiday. We also always appreciate and enjoy a nice bottle of wine with dinner. However we try, at least on most days, to stay in control. We know we feel better for it the next day.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

Beware all-you can eat buffet

We always try to avoid all-you-can-eat buffets. It can just prove to be too much of a temptation when there’s an endless supply of food in front of you. Also, the food at the buffet does tend to be carbohydrate dense. For anybody reading this that is going on a cruise, you need to extra careful. We have a dedicated page for cruisers here, take a look.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

Don’t eat late, every night….

Eating late at night is something that just doesn’t work for me, I know its OK for some people but for me its not worth the lack of a decent night’s sleep. Also evidence supports the fact that lack of sleep causes us to crave and consume more food, and crave predominantly energy-dense, high-carbohydrate snacks. So a bit of a double-edged sword….

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday


So in conclusion, holidays are great but try not to go from one extreme to the other. Let’s not be so strict that we miss out on enjoying ourselves, but let’s also not be so relaxed that we completely undo all our good work from the last 12 months. Just a bit of common sense is all that’s needed.

Holidays and Weight Gain

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday
FAQ 1: I’m going on holiday soon, what can I do to avoid gaining weight?

ANSWER: There are a few things you can do to avoid gaining weight on holiday. First, try to stick to your normal routine as much as possible. If you normally eat three meals a day, don’t start eating five because you’re on vacation. Another tip is to limit your alcohol intake. And lastly, try to avoid all-you-can-eat buffets

FAQ 2: I’m already on holiday and I’ve started to gain weight, what can I do?

ANSWER: If you’re already on holiday and you’ve started to gain weight, try to get back into your normal routine as soon as possible. And try to make healthier choices when it comes to food and drink.

FAQ 3: Will I gain weight if I eat late at night while on holiday?

ANSWER: Eating late at night can cause you to gain weight because you’re more likely to crave high-carbohydrate snacks. So try to eat earlier in the evening if possible.

Holidays and Weight Gain - How Not To Gain Weight on Holiday

How not to gain weight on holiday

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Below is a selection of weight-loss tips that everyone can start using straight away. And, if you enroll in the My Weigh Less Course, you will learn many more of our helpful tips and techniques about how to achieve successful, permanent weight loss.

Tip No. 1 – Only Eat When You’re Hungry!

This has to be our number one, golden rule, when it comes to achieving successful weight loss. In our experience, most overweight people eat for many different reasons, other than physical hunger. But, if you allow your emotions to control your eating habits, then it is unlikely that you will be able to control your weight as a result. So, before you reach for anything to eat, stop and ask yourself first if you physically NEED to eat, or you just WANT to…

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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 presented 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.

Delboeuf Optical Illusion

Tip No. 3 – 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, on average, consumed around 20% less food compared with when they didn’t drink anything before they ate. This is possibly as a result of the stretching and fullness sensation in the stomach.

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Tip No. 4 – 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!

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Tip No. 5 – Stay Away From Sugar and Highly Processed Foods!

It’s a fact that sugar and highly processed foods have addictive properties! So much so, that many people find that once they start eating these foods, they literally can’t stop. And, of course, if you’re making such poor food choices, this in turn will make it almost impossible for you to lose weight. So, our advice is to choose healthy, unprocessed foods and limit the amount of sugar you consume. As a result, you will have far more control over how much you eat and also how much weight you can lose.

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Tip No. 6 – Eat Your Favourite Foods on the Plate First!

You may not be aware of how important this tip is, but the order in which you eat your food can actually have a big impact on how much you consume! It’s quite common for overweight people to “save the best til last” when eating. In other words they only eat their favourite food right at the end. It’s not so surprising then, that they also tend to eat everything on their plate, regardless of how uncomfortably full they feel. Because, of course, they don’t want to miss out on the “best bit”!

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However, our advice is to eat your favourite things first. Not only will you enjoy it more, but it’s also much easier to stop when you’ve eaten just the right amount and leave the rest on the plate.

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