You’ve worked your socks off at the gym and are beginning to fit back into some of those jeans you were ready to discard when you realize that summer holidays are back. Oh dear, you sigh, remembering the binge eating and lazy basking that are the hallmarks of summer vacations year in year out. And what makes the temptation to abandon your regimen even greater is often friends and family who encourage you to indulge.
Before you know it you’re being invited to one barbeque after the other and we all know how difficult it can be to say no. Or you’re stuck at a hotel with a limited menu in which low-calorie meals hardly feature. But you don’t have to surrender the fruits of your faithful commitment to your new-found healthy lifestyle so meekly. You can keep the flab at bay as you enjoy your time off. Here’s how.
Choose your destinations wisely
You’ve worked hard throughout the year and deserve a breather, but instead of spending whole days doing absolutely nothing (and it does get boring after a while), why not go for a holiday package that includes some fun activities that will help you stay in shape? Tour agents will always have offerings that have relaxation on the beach as well as hiking, mountain biking, white-water rafting or at the very least swimming. These are fun activities that you and your family can enjoy while burning off calories. Now, I’m not urging you to work yourself to a pulp when you’re supposed to be cooling off. Your aim should be to maintain your body weight, not lose.
Don’t change your eating pattern
Having adopted a healthy eating pattern of 3 square meals a day with plenty of water and low-calorie snacks in between, many weight watchers find they have regressed after the holidays because of disrupting their eating schedules. Not that it’s your fault; there are a thousand and one things to do and plenty of fun to have such that by the time you’re sitting down to your lunch, the sun could already be setting. And by the time you’re sitting down to this late lunch, you’re hungry enough to eat a horse. The end result is you are binge-eating and putting on the resultant kilos. But even this ‘normal’ interruption of your meal times can be avoided.
If you’ll be going for outdoor activities, make sure you pack some healthy snacks for you and your kids. This will ensure that by the time you get back to your hotel your appetite won’t be out of control. So whenever you’re going out sight-seeing or hiking, make sure you pack some dried fruits, nuts, nutrition bars or a couple of apples to munch along the way. It’s also important that you buy water bottles so that you can have a good supply of drinking water wherever you go.
Get in enough sleep
With all the parties to go to and stories to tell, it’s easy to find yourself staying up late night after night in the course of your holidays instead of sleeping until midday like you promised yourself you would. Researchers have found that the production of cortisone, the hormone that controls appetite, is highly dependent on the amount of sleep you get in. So discipline yourself to get your quota of sleep during your holidays; you’ve earned it after all.
Overall, it is going to be easy for you to put on weight during your summer vacation yet if you follow the tips you have just read over in this article you should have no problems at all.