Many travelers resign themselves to the idea that they will gain weight while enjoying a vacation, and it is true that the majority of those who travel for leisure purposes return home packing a few extra pounds. Eating most meals out at restaurants can make counting calories difficult. Going on vacation doesn’t have to mean leaving healthy eating habits at home, however. There several tips and tricks available to those who dine in commercial establishments that can help travelers from bringing home unwanted baggage.
Restaurant selection is essential for travelers. Traditional diner-style restaurants are probably the ones weight conscious people should avoid the most, along with all-you-can-eat buffets. Travelers should instead look for establishments that serve fresh, locally sourced cuisine. Avoid deep fried processed foods and entrees cooked in large amounts of oil. Seafood restaurants are usually a safe bet, though patrons should take care not to order deep fried items such as prawns and fish and chips. Some seafood sauces can be also be high in fat and calories. Those who are in doubt about what foods have the most nutritional value, the general rule is that the brighter the color of the food in its natural state, the higher its nutritional value.
Those on vacation can also help to keep themselves in shape by exploring their surroundings on foot or bicycle rather than by car or public transit. Walking is one of the best ways to make delightful discoveries in unfamiliar communities, and the exercise will help to keep the pounds from piling on.
Vacationers are also vulnerable to developing a leisure-oriented mindset that makes it easy to indulge in all manner of excess. Although this is part of the reason why people travel in the first place, practicing a little restraint can help prevent post vacation regrets.
The right hotel selection also plays a significant part in preventing unnecessary weight gain while enjoying a vacation. Travelers who stay in lodgings near or in the center of the city they are visiting will have easy access to more and better dining choices. Hotels and motels near airports or on the outskirts of town are often situated next to high priced but mediocre restaurants that don’t feature many healthy menu choices. Lodgings that are located in downtown areas with shops, galleries, restaurants and other establishments also provide travelers with a more walk able experience. Do your research. For example, I found a great site with reviews on Las Vegas hotels that helped me personally find my best option on my last trip. Especially in a destination with a wide range of options, a little research can go a long way to help you stay on track.
Hotel amenities should also be taken into consideration when planning for ways to maintain a healthy diet while on vacation. Rooms that are equipped with a mini-fridge will allow travelers the opportunity to store snack items such as low calorie yogurt, fruit cups, salads and fruit juice. If the room has a microwave, guests have access to even more snack options. Some travelers even take a small crock-pot with them so that they can prepare simple meals of rice, vegetables, chicken or fish!
Staying fit while having fun on vacation is not impossible. It just takes some preparation.
Submitted for your reading pleasure by Cole Millen
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