Holidays are to be enjoyed and we are all guilty of eating and drinking a bit too much, but that’s what holidays are all about. If you are like me and hate the sluggish and bloated feeling you get after overdoing it for a few days, I have compiled a list of things I do to ensure I enjoy myself and avoid feeling awful.
Top tip #1: Don’t panic
If you are on a pre-holiday diet trying to shed a few pounds before you hit the beach, it is important to note that when you arrive to your holiday destination and increase your consumption of ‘holiday foods’ such as crisps, alcohol, pizza etc, your body will naturally hold onto some more water. Do not panic, I repeat, do not panic!!! You have not gained weight, it is just excess water retained due to extra salt. Many people will see this water retention and immediately go into the ‘f*ck-it-i-am-just-going-to-give-up-and-eat-10-million-oreo-icecreams-because-all-my-hard-work-has-been-undone-anyway’ mode. Expect to be a bit bloated the day after having an indulgent meal, this is not the end of the world. It can be dealt with by step number 2 (below) and some water. I know I personally am like a yoyo when on holidays in terms of my bloat. I don’t let it get me down and know I’ll probably be back to normal that evening or by the following day. When you think about it logically, it is impossible to gain any noticeable amount of fat in one day.
Top tip #2: Move
While holidays for many involves laying by the pool all day, I try to get up early in the morning and go for a run/walk/cycle. Throughout the day try increase your steps by going for a walk on the beach or opt to walk to a restaurant or bar you are going to rather than getting a cab. Increasing your exercise will often make your indulgences less damaging, and makes you feel like you deserve your meal. Let’s be real, food tastes better when you feel you have worked for it. To maintain your weight, the equation is simple: energy input = energy output. If you keep this balanced, your weight won’t change. On my holidays, I would much rather increase the output side of the equation and not decrease the input!
Top tip #3: Plan
This differs for everyone based on preferences and traditions, but in my family we have our ‘big’ meal at dinner time. I love my food and never want to miss out on a culinary experience. To account for this I TRY to opt for a lighter lunch, or if we are having lunch at home I make sure I get some lean protein (tuna/chicken) and some fruit and veggies. It doesn’t always happen but if you can make the effort 80% of the time it should really help you stay on track while still enjoying a more indulgent dinner.
Top tip #4: Drink Water
I am the worst at this, buuut I know how important it is to stay hydrated when in the sun. Stay hydrated to beat the bloat and to make sure you give your body the water it needs to function.
Top tip #5: Fast
People who aren’t familiar with intermittent fasting and its benefits may find this point strange. While it isn’t for everyone, I have found that fasting has been such useful tool for me while dieting. On holidays the same applies. I usually have a coffee in the morning and maybe some fruit but usually I hold out until lunch time. This allows me to save calories for later on in the day. It may sound completely over the top to some people I’m sure, but it really can be beneficial. Especially if you are not a big breskfast eater anyway.
I hope these tips have been helpful. An important point to note is that what works for one person won’t work for everyone. These are the measures I take to ensure I enjoy my holiday without feeling like I have ‘undone’ my progress. After all, enjoyment and hapiness for one person is not what it is to another. I wouldn’t enjoy myself as much if I was feeling sluggish and bloated, that’s why I try to implement these tips on my holidays. If you have any tips that work for you or if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below and I will answer them to the best of my ability.
The Girl on the Go xx