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Diet and Exercise During Vacation? You Bet!

You've waited patiently all year and now it's finally time for your beloved vacation. Although it's important to take a break from work and the stress of everyday life, you shouldn't put your diet and exercise plan on the backburner while on vacation.

This doesn't mean that you can't have fun and kick up your heels a bit, but a week of careless eating without exercise can take its toll and potentially sabotage your weight loss goals altogether.

To stay on top of your progress here are some helpful hints to keep the pounds off while you relax on vacation:

  • Plan ahead. If you know that you will be eating a fancy dinner out with the family in the evening, make sure you stick to lighter, low-calorie meals throughout the day. But, don't skip meals! This will only make you more likely to binge eat at the restaurant later.
  • Find time for exercise. Most hotels have fitness and exercise centers, but even if they don't, find active things to do while you are on your break. For example, if you are vacationing in a tropical destination, go for a swim, catch some waves while surfing or explore the deep blue sea while snorkeling. Vacationing in the mountains? Hit the slopes with a ski excursion or lace up your boots and go for a hike!
  • Enjoy alcohol in moderation. Sure, a margarita might seem like the perfect accessory to a beach vacation, but many tropical drinks are loaded with calories and sugar. Thankfully, you don't have to abandon alcohol altogether, just order a light beer or red wine, and be sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water.
  • By planning ahead and taking these simple steps, you can still work your diet plan and exercise routine into your vacation.