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Don't let your holiday make you fat: Easy tricks to avoid the holiday weight gain

Section
Travel,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 29 May 2013, 12:00AM

With the gloomy grey weather of Winter setting in, it’s time to start thinking about that warm getaway! Everyone lets their hair down when on holiday, whether it be eating out every night or skipping the daily gym routine. Avoiding the holiday weight gain can be as easy as changing a few simple things. Below are some simple tips from Weight Watchers to help kick the holiday kilos.


Research your destination
A little upfront research can make all the difference to help take your good habits on the road with you. Make the most of the internet and look up where you’re going whether it’s local or overseas so you can enjoy a stress-free holiday while staying on track.

  • Research the cuisine. Many destinations have their local ‘must-try’ dishes but they can be high in calories. Decide ahead of time which ones you really want to try, and plan accordingly.
  • Check your destination’s walkability. Taking a walk or jog through a different scene can be the best way to explore a new place. Use online maps - particularly street views with photos - to figure out some great walking trails. Some larger cities are less walker-friendly, but may have parks where you can exercise.
  • Know the climate. Don’t let rain, high humidity or an unexpected cold spell ruin your activity plans. Pack for the predicted weather and you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors.



Look for a healthy hotel
Many bigger hotels have a gym and sometimes a lap pool so when looking for a place to stay, search for somewhere that has a few fitness options. Also consider its location. If it’s close to the shops, you can easily grab healthy fruit and snacks instead of reaching for the mini-bar.

  • Research the hotel’s access to fitness. Ask for details: Are there good walking or running tracks nearby? Do they hire bikes or kayaks? Does the hotel gym have your favourite machines? What are the hours? Is it closed for renovation?
  • Book a room with a kitchenette. You can fill it with healthy breakfast options like eggs, oats, fruit and yogurt. That way you can kick-off a healthy day without ordering room service.
  • Ask the hotel to de-stock the mini-bar. Remove temptation before you even check-in. Ask if you can make this request when you reserve the room, then follow-up the day before you arrive.
  • Avoid inclusive meals. Even if it seems like good value, paying extra for inclusive meals can make you feel obliged to eat three large meals a day. You’ll feel more in control if you can order your meals a la carte instead of having to choose between the unhealthy buffet options.



Keep these three essentials in your carry-on
Think of your luggage as your own little bag of healthy tricks. Keep it stocked with items so that you’re prepared for anything! You’re less likely to get tempted by unhealthy food if you’re carrying your own healthy, tasty snacks.

  • Carry bottled water. Stay hydrated with your own water. Don’t rely on rest stops or the in-flight beverage carts – buy a bottle of water once you’re through customs.
  • Prepare for a snack attack. Fruit, fresh dates, nuts and snack bars make great portion controlled snacks. Bring extra snacks in case you hit delays.
  • Pack comfortable shoes. Better yet, wear them - that way you definitely won’t forget them. Stay active while on your journey and log activity calorie values each day in a tracker.
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