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Gluttonous getaway

Thursday, October 20, 2016

It’s easy to get carried away when on vacation, especially in terms of trying new food. Khevna Pandit brings you a few tips to help keep your holiday weight in check

Whether it’s wine-tasting in Verona or a weekend barbeque at a farmhouse, vacation binge eating is something you can’t easily avoid. And, we can totally understand why that happens. However, if you’ve been diligently dieting for months, all your hard work could be undone with just a week of indulgence. It’s much easier to stop yourself from bingeing than it is to burn off the extra calories. So, we’ve rounded up a few tips to keep in mind the next time you find yourself reaching out for another slice of exotic cheese.

A study conducted in 2016 by the University of Georgia, which looked at 112 American adults between the ages of 18 to 65 who went on a holiday between March and August, found that 61% gained an average of 0.7 pounds and that this weight tended to stay on after they returned home. Some even gained as much as seven pounds, while a small number seemed to have lost weight. Here’s how you can manage your holiday weight while not having to compromise on the fun.

Keep your morning meal in check
We’ve always been taught that breakfast should be the heaviest meal of your day. However, make sure to watch what you eat for breakfast while you’re on vacation. Lunches and dinners tend to be a surprise when you’re on vacation and you generally don’t know what you’re going to end up ordering, so try to skip the extra carbohydrates during breakfast. Limit breakfast to one plate if you tend to feel full from your morning meal right up to lunch time.

Pack smarter, snack smarter
Sure, the vending machines at the airport look swanky and the food they have is enticing, but don’t let it lure you into incessant spending — or worse: empty calories. Limit how much junk food you eat by carrying your own healthy, nutritious snacks for the journey. Pack a stash of protein bars as well as fruits for the journey if you need to munch on something when you’re bored. However, make sure to consume food in a way that it fits your schedule. Carry these healthy alternatives on your day’s excursions and keep snacking on them without feeling guilty.

Take power walks
There’s no need to be lazy. There’s usually a lot of time and space for those who want to take a quick walk after meals, even on vacation. Indulge in spot jogging or a brisk run in the mornings or after your dinner to keep yourself fit and healthy. Instead of flipping through the glossy pages of a magazine, take a walk down the terminal while you’re waiting for your flight. Don’t miss an opportunity to catch up on some exercise when you can. This will help you stay in shape and burn the extra pounds you may have put on while on holiday, which you would otherwise carry back home.

Grocery shop over restaurants
It’s great to sit back and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a piece of choco-loaded brownie atop the Swiss Alps, but the calories can take a toll on you later. Take a quick trip to the nearest grocery shop to stock up on healthy essentials that can complement your meals. Buy yoghurt, oatmeal or even plain popcorn for your evening snack. Pair them with meat or a burger so that your meal isn’t entirely an unhealthy one.

Be wary of the buffet
The buffet table is perhaps the most beautiful sight when on vacation. However, don’t let temptation get the better of you. Choose your meals strategically. The array of scrambled eggs, baked beans and Danish cakes may look appealing, but before you pile them on your plate, think of all those calories you will pile on as well. Make sure your breakfast includes a good amount of protein, fruits and foods that take longer to digest, so that you don’t feel the need to nibble on any munchies later.

Take your pick
Drinks or dessert — choose one or the other. Sounds like a tough decision to make, right? However, if you’re watching your weight, it’s best to keep track of the sweet treats you eat and so, you have to pick either of these sinful indulgences. Keep the Cosmo at bay if you want to dig in to a Red Velvet delight. Save the Tiramisu for another day if you’re calling for a mojito. Pick a dessert or drink that best suits your diet plan. Sensible eating is wise eating!

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