Don’t Let Your Vacation Ruin Your Waistline

Amber Tebeau, NASM CPT, Manager and Trainer CoachMeFit West Bloomfield

Last week my husband and I went on a cruise.  Cruises are notorious for their endless buffets of fattening foods and alcoholic drinks around every corner.  When I boarded the ship, I noted that there was food available at any time of day.  The pizza counter was open late, the ice cream station never closed and there were midnight buffets.  Suddenly a wonderful vacation has turned into a dangerous calorie situation.  Though a cruise has the potential to sink your weight loss or maintenance goals, here are a couple tips to help you stay afloat.

Set boundaries for yourself.   Allow yourself only a certain number of desserts per week or one dessert per day.  Eliminate snacking in between meals and late at night.  If possible, avoid the buffet line and always dine in the dining room.  When dining in the dining room, try to choose the healthiest option on the menu, such as grilled chicken or broiled fish.  Also, do not eat the whole portion that is served to you- the portion size is usually too large.   Lastly, limit alcoholic beverages that are loaded with sugar and calories.  Alcoholic drinks are full of hidden calories, and those calories can range from as low as 100 to over 700 depending on the drink. 

Though a vacation is a time to sit back and relax, it is not a time to slack on exercise.  While on the cruise add in exercise whenever possible.   Avoid taking the elevators whenever possible and opt to take the stairs.  Most cruise ships have large, well equipped fitness centers; choose to utilize the fitness center daily. When the ship docks at a port, use this time to take advantage of active excursions and stay active while exploring the port.

Cruises and other vacations are a great time to relax and escape from the everyday grind; however it is not a time to relax on your health.  Smart choices that are made while on vacation can enhance your time away and your health.




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