Enjoy Your Vacation Without Gaining a Pound
Bring Back Fond Memories, Not Extra Weight
By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
You work hard all year to earn your vacation, a coveted chance to relax and enjoy family and friends without the pressures of work. But while a vacation is a time to have fun, it shouldn't be a time to sabotage your weight-loss success.
I like to think of vacation as a time for "social weight maintenance" -- a time to splurge a little and enjoy the festivities, but without gaining weight.
Since portion control is one of the most important elements of weight loss, you should stick with the portions you've become accustomed to eating while on the plan.
Though you may not choose to follow your eating plan to the letter while on vacation, keeping yourself from falling off the wagon completely will help you avoid a letdown when you get back home and get on the scale. Eating well and getting enough activity makes you feel good about yourself, so once you adopt these changes into your lifestyle, you really don't want to go back to the way you were before. It's a new attitude and a new way of life.
Have a great vacation this summer!
Originally published July 18, 2003
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