Posted on 06 Jul 2017 Views 4280 Comments 33
It’s that time of the year when we are getting excited for a well deserved holiday abroad or a relaxing break in the UK. You have got your bikini or shorts, beach towel and holiday clothes to the ready, and after putting in so much hard work on plan to get to this stage, suddenly the fear sets in of holiday weight-gain and having to start all over again as soon as you return home. And this is before you have even packed your suitcase!
Does this sound familiar? Fear not, here at Slim & Save we understand the excitement of going on holiday but also the associated nervousness of potential weight-gain whilst you are away. With this in mind, we have put together some simple ways to help you make the right choices and limit any weight-gain and still enjoy your rest and relaxation to the full.
Most of us when on holiday like to try out the local cuisine but sometimes for ease or if you have children it is quicker to go to a convenient fast food restaurant. Try to avoid this, search for restaurants, cafés and bars that serve fresh locally sourced food and choose options which are low in carbs that are freshly made, like fresh fish and home grown fruit and vegetables.
Just because you are abroad or in a different location in the UK does not mean you cannot ask for a meal to come the way that you would like i.e. no sauce. More and more eateries have become flexible to the needs of their customer and are more than happy to cook your food to order.
Portion control is key. Remember your portion sizes, being on holiday is not an excuse to over indulge. If the restaurant provides large meals ask for a small portion. I do all the time as I hate the feeling of being bloated. Share meals with your family and get them eating healthy too!
Focus on really savouring your meal, chewing every bit thoroughly taking in the smell, texture and the taste. This helps to ensure that you do not overeat and become bloated, and then when you are full you are more likely to stop eating. If you are having a conversation put down your knife and fork so you can focus on the conversation and once finished continue on with eating your meal taking in the taste and flavour.
It is easy to skip breakfast but don’t. Having a good breakfast re-starts your metabolism and gives you energy for the day ahead. It will also reduce the chance of overeating during the day.
Drink plenty of water. Remember that in hot weather your body can retain some water but it is extremely important to keep hydrated and water helps with weight loss too.
Last but not least after your meal try and make time to take a nice walk. As well as burning off some calories you also get to enjoy your beautiful surrounding’s.
IMPORTANT – If you intend to drink alcohol whilst on holiday you will need to be fully out of ketosis before you do as it is very dangerous to drink alcohol whilst still in ketosis. You will need to carb up 48 hours before you intend to drink by having 200g of carbs. You can do this by introducing carbs at each meal time. Here is a quick guide Breakfast: Any cereal. Lunch: A medium jacket potato with tuna. Evening meal: A pasta or rice dish. Snacks: fruit, raw vegetables, cheese and crackers.
Got any useful tips on how you reduced weight gain whilst on holiday? If the answer is yes then please share these below and you might be the lucky winner of our exclusive Bluetooth Digital Scales!. We will pick our favourite tip/comment on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 4pm.
And finally happy holidays enjoy!
By Jennifer Goodall, Customer Care Advisor
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