Most summer vacations center around food and treats, which can pack on the pounds once you come back home. Studies show 61% of American adults gained weight while on vacation. Some gained as much as 7 pounds due to higher calorie intake, especially from alcohol. The average weight gain was 0.7 pounds, which is not too shocking, however the weight tended to stay on after returning home.
Weight creep is when people gain small amounts of weight over a long period of time. What might not seem like too much weight gain over vacation can add up after several years. Unless you weigh yourself regularly people don’t realize subtle weight gain is happening. Follow these tips to minimize vacation weight gain this summer:
- Weigh yourself before and after vacation
- Go hiking, swim, plan physical activities, and exercise during your trip
- Pack healthy snacks and sandwiches in a cooler for road trips
- Don’t load up at breakfast, instead set the tone for the rest of the day by practicing portion control
- Pick healthy menu items at restaurants such as baked poultry, fish, salads, and vegetable based dishes
- Treat yourself in moderation, but not every day
- Enjoy small portions and eat slowly
- Order wisely from the bar, fruity drinks can have over 500 calories. Stick with wine, light beer, white wine spritzers, vodka soda, and champagne.
Healthy Travel Snacks
Rice Cakes & Nut Butter
Sugar Snap Peas
100 Calorie Nuts