Holidays and Weight Gain
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 who just love to hang out together. But why? And does it have to be that way? This blog is dedicated to Holidays and how Not to Gain Weight.
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.
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.
Some people I have talked with tell me it often starts the moment they walk through the door of the airport terminal. They find themselves in the departure lounge, drinking alcohol and eating the most carbohydrate-dense foods on the planet, regardless of the time of day. It’s like they have spent months getting in shape for this trip; Then they task themselves to dedicating all their efforts to seeing just how quickly they can undo everything they have achieved. Some have said that it’s almost an unconscious action.
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.
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: we had over 90 minutes till departure.
They had coffee and a bacon roll each; it was 6.45 a.m. Our friend actually went back to the counter 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.
By 11:00 a.m., we were booked into our hotel. By 1:00 p.m., we were in the Old Town having a beer, and they ordered pizzas for us all. Wow! Three meals and seven days’ supply of carbohydrates, all before 1:30 p.m.! And we had a complimentary meal booked that night in a speciality restaurant at the hotel…This was just day one! Holidays and Weight Gain.
The day after we returned home, our friend called around 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 overindulge because we did. Thankfully though, our weight gain was not in the same league as our friends.
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.
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.
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.
We made a commitment to try and limit our alcohol intake, most days, but not all. Now we try not to 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 about it the next day.
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 be extra careful. We have a dedicated page for cruisers here; take a look.
Eating late at night is something that just doesn’t work for me; I know it’s OK for some people, but for me, it’s 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, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword…
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.
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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.
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.
Answer: Yes, you can! Explore the area by walking, cycling, or trying new outdoor activities. This way, you’ll stay active and enjoy your holiday while burning extra calories.
Answer: Choose fresh and grilled options, and fill your plate with vegetables. Limit your intake of fried or sugary items. This way, you can indulge sensibly while avoiding overconsumption.
Answer: Avoid eating too close to bedtime. Satisfy your evening cravings with a light, healthy snack if needed. This will help you get better sleep and prevent unwanted weight gain.
Answer: Absolutely! Opt for lower-calorie cocktail options or alternate alcoholic beverages with water. This way, you can indulge in moderation and avoid excessive calorie intake.
How not to gain weight on holiday
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Holidays and Weight Gain