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10 Ways to Lose Weight While Traveling

Updated on June 15, 2015
Salads are always good choices when watching your weight.
Salads are always good choices when watching your weight.

How You can Maintain or Lose Weight While Vacationing

It is possible to lose weight or maintain your weight while vacationing with very little effort or thought. Enjoy eating many different special foods while on vacation without sabotaging your diet. When you are taking off for a trip to places unknown, one of the great pleasures is trying new and different foods. The last thing you want to be concerned about is gaining weight while having this adventure away from home. The specialty food of the country or even a city is often inexpensive, delicious and sometimes not as fattening as you may have thought. For example: beans and tortillas in Mexico, bread and cheese in France, bratwurst in Germany are some of the specialties of different countries. With a few simple rules you can maintain your weight and enjoy trying new and different food and still lose weight.

Plan your eating

Plan Ahead Before your Vacation

If you are going on a major eating vacation and know that you want to enjoy the food either in a foreign country or special gourmet eating--you need to do some planning ahead. You may want to lose a few pounds before the trip to give you some wiggle room while vacationing This will allow you freedom to enjoy new foods and new experiences while traveling. It is no fun to worry about everything you eat.

Enjoy the Food

Try the food of the land
Try the food of the land

Wear unforgiving clothes while dining

This may sound like a ridiculous suggestion, but why wear pants or a skirt with an elastic waistband?The elastic gives you extra room to expand over overeat. Don't bind yourself up in very tight clothes with no room, but clothes that fit comfortably without a lot of room to expand.

A Major sweet tooth

If you wake up with a throbbing sweet tooth, best to satisfy during the early hours of the day. You will walk or exercise it off. Indulge that sweet desire with something early in the day. Always make sure that it is something you really love and enjoy. After all vacations are meant to be fun.

Make Lunch your major meal

Eating your big meal at lunch makes sense in that you have all day to walk it off. Another benefit of eating the big meal early is that lunch is often less expensive than dinner. If hunger hits later in the day have a light snack for dinner. You will sleep well and be ready for your next day of trying new foods.

Plan Your Splurges

Plan your food for the day

Plan your eating adventures for the day and when and where you will be eating. You may want to include a dessert in the mid afternoon or cocktails with just snack food. This planning will help any overeating and make it easier to control what you eat and of course your weight. Of course we all know that plans can change at any given moment.

Eat only when Hungry

The single most important rule for not gaining weight on a trip is to eat only when hungry and stop before you are full. Not only will you help control your weight gain, but you will feel comfortable and energetic. Sometimes certain foods taste so delicious you just want to go on and on. If you feel like you cannot stop eating something, stop eating for 5 minutes. The hunger will often dissipate.

Focus on the main activities of the vacation

Focus on the main reason for the vacation. If you are on a sight seeing vacation spend time focusing on what you will be seeing. If you are on a hiking, biking or other sport trip, the food most likely will not be an issues thanks to the exercise. The focus of the vacation may be eating and drinking and that is okay. Just remember when to pull the plug on the eating and concentrate on weight loss.

Walk, Walk and Walk

Don't Fear the Restaurants

Enjoy food While Traveling
Enjoy food While Traveling

Walk, walk and more walking..

Walk a lot or if you have special activities that require physical activity even better. Walking may not ensure using up all the calories you take in but will help keep your metabolism going. And you generally are not eating while walking.

Plan Your Splurges

Plan your splurges for the day. If you have been looking forward to eating several different dishes of the land plan one splurge each day. Maybe you can have a light eating day and have a wonderful dessert.

Don't Fear the Restaurants

Don't be afraid of going into restaurants that look like they may offer many fattening items. Remember you are in control and can decide what to eat. When you walk into a restaurant starved and everything smells wonderful can often be a challenge to your will power. Sometimes you peak over at other tables and are enticed into making not so wise choices. .Oh well, go ahead and enjoy--worry about it tomorrow.

No scales allowed on trips

Don't Weigh Yourself on the Trip

Stay off scales while traveling. There is nothing to put a damper on the fun as a silly scale. And besides when your clothes get tight you will no that you have overdone it.


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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lose Weight: 10 Ideas While Traveling interesting because when one is traveling often hey choose to indulge with the variety of foods. These are deifnitely worth considering

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Some fine suggestions here, Carol. I personally feel it is best to breakfast like a king, lunch like a common man and dine like a pauper so that the least amount of food is there in the stomach when the activity is almost nil.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Carol,

      Great and sensible tips. My weakness is a sweet tooth.

      Voted up and sharing

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      thank you lovedoctor926...Always nice to see you...I also am not a sweet person..well you know what i mean.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      These are good tips. You should always eat in small portions especially if you're on a cruise. Skip those late night buffets and go easy on the drinks. I'm glad that I don't like sweets. It makes a big difference on the waist line. Plan to eat one meal and then have a small dinner.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I like the idea of watching what you eat one day and another just eating what you want. As I said before vacation food is special. And it is nice to not have to worry about the cooking ourselves.

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      cactusbythesea 5 years ago from Seattle

      Good tips! Planning a vacation around a lot of recreational activities is another great way to get some exercise.

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      Virtuous1 5 years ago from United States, Maryland

      Me and my husband just recently got back from a long vacation and even though I wanted to eat what I wanted the whole time one day I would eat good and the next day I made sure I went to the gym or we did allot of moving activities to keep those calories off of me...Vacation is a time of resting and doing what you want but I had to decide what was more important me eating what I want and not working it off or paying for it later...I chose to work it off while on vacation instead of paying for it later