How to Stick to a Diet While on Vacation
When it comes to maintaining healthy habits, nothing can make you lose your mojo faster than a vacation. You’re faced with temptation everywhere, and it seems impossible to stick to your healthy routine. It doesn’t have to be that way! Don’t let those days away undo all your hard work. Before you leave home, mentally prepare yourself- and read these tips on how to stick to a diet while on vacation:
- Call ahead to see if your hotel has a refrigerator. Even if it doesn’t, you can often request one to be brought to your room. Bring along healthy breakfast items, snacks and lunches so you can eat at least one healthy meal a day in your room.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water during the day and especially before you go out to eat.
- “Pre-eat” before going out for a high-fat meal. With a little food in your stomach, you’ll be less tempted to overeat and will be able to exercise more control.
- Go easy on the alcohol and other calorie-laden beverages. If you’re out drinking, order a large glass of water too. Alternate one alcoholic beverage for one glass of water if you’re going to be having more than one.
- Plan your cheat meal ahead of time. One of my favorite things about traveling is trying new and different foods. Plan ahead so you know when this meal will be, and enjoy it to the fullest!
- Don’t let your blood sugar dip too low. Pack healthy snacks like protein bars and Shakeology packets.
- Look at the menu online and choose something healthy before you arrive. That way, you won’t be tempted by all the great smells and order something you shouldn’t.
- Ask your server not to bring the bread/chip basket
- Order what you want, even if it’s not on the menu. If the ingredients are on the menu, chances are the cook can make something to your specification even if it’s not listed. Don’t be afraid to request what you want.
- Whittle calories off what you order: Skip the bun on a burger, order grilled instead of fried, and ask to have sauces, dressings and gravies served on the side, opt for steamed veggies instead of fries.
- If you do order something less than healthy, go easy on the portion size. Eat half now, save half for later. Have the server bring a take home box to split the meal before you eat. Or, split it with a friend or family member.
- Be careful with appetizers. Often, they’re loaded with fat and contain 1000 calories or more. Side dishes too – instead of mashed potatoes or fries, order the salad with dressing on the side.
- Often, menus will have icons next to meals indicating that they are a healthy or low-calorie choice. Look for those.
- Sometimes despite your best efforts you’re still going to take in more calories on vacation. That’s OK – as long as you can make up for it with exercise. Use an app like MyFitnessPal to track calories and calories out.
- Does the hotel have a gym? Great! Use it. Exercise first thing in the morning to get your day started on the right track.
- If your hotel doesn’t have a gym, look up exercise videos on YouTube that you can do in your hotel room.
- Stay active like the locals do – look up running/hiking trails, spots where you can rent bikes, kayaks, or other fun fitness “toys” – and make activity part of your getaway.