5 Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight on Your Summer Vacation

Published On July 22, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Eating Healthy, Fitness, Health, Weight Loss

Avoid Packing on the Pounds on Your Summer Vacay!

Whenever I think of going on vacation, the three “f”s come to mind: fun, frolic and food.  Lots and lots of food.  I still remember eating the best clam chowder known to man while visiting Boston and dining at an outstanding Mexican restaurant in San Antonio (those enchiladas were to die for!).  But I also remember coming back home a few pounds heavier and clothes definitely tighter.  Lesson learned, I decided to start rethinking how I can still enjoy my vacations and delectable local fare without adding to my waistline.  Here are a 5 tips which helped me last summer when I vacationed in Denver.

Stay Active

You may think you don’t need to exercise on your vacation to stay active, especially if you plan to do a lot of walking, but if your hotel does have an exercise room and/or pool, make use of it!  Just spending a half hour swimming or working out will aid you in burning those extra calories you may be consuming on your trip.

B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Snacks)

Pack healthy snacks and bring them with you.  Not only will that help you to avoid fast and unhealthy food but it will also save you some money.

Avoid the Buffets

Las Vegas (where I live) is known for its buffets but other cities do offer them and all-you-can-eats as well.  I try to avoid buffets because you tend to overeat when there is no limit on your food intake (in my experience).

Eat Throughout the Day

Don’t get so caught up in sightseeing that you forget to eat or you decide to eat later.  Take the time to eat three times and day and snack in between.  I made the mistake of waiting to eat at the end of the day (which is the worst time to eat) and I overate because I was so hungry.

Do Indulge a Little

Don’t put restrictions on what you consume when vacationing especially when you’re in a city known for certain foods you just have to try.  When in Rome and all that.  I’m so glad I ate an authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich when I went to Philadelphia a few years ago.  I almost didn’t.  That would be the same as not sampling a hot dog in New York or a beignet in New Orleans.  Craziness.  Allow yourself certain indulgences!

So, when I visit Portland …….

What was the best thing you ever ate when on vacation?  What do you do to avoid overeating on a trip?  Share your thoughts!

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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