3 Ways to Lose Weight on Vacation

3 tips for losing weight while on vacation.

Go on vacation, and lose weight. Sound impossible? It’s not if you do the following three things:

1. In a city, use public transportation. You’ll walk more and learn more about the city.

2. Eat two, not three, meals a day to make up for the extra calories of eating out.

3. Save calories (and money) by stocking up on healthy snacks at a local market.

Even if you don’t lose weight, this will help you to not gain weight. What if you’re on a buffet-laden cruise? I’m still working on that answer.

Do you have any healthy vacation tips to share?

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5 thoughts on “3 Ways to Lose Weight on Vacation”

  1. Melinda Holmes says:

    I cannot say I lost weight on Disney cruises but I have managed to not gain any weight. How? Take the stairs and go walk at least two laps on the running track at least once a day. That added to the walking already involved seems to do it for me. The only exception to my stairs rule is when wearing dress sandals with heels. I don’t want to have to make a trip to the ship’s doctor. 🙂

  2. These are great tips, Melinda. Just extra walking, as you show, really does help you to maintain your weight while vacationing. Thanks!

  3. I went on my first (buffet-laden) cruise last summer…and I lost weight.

    It’s because I was two years into a new way of life. To explain…

    I experimented with my diet, and came up with one that lets me eat as much as I want–whenever I want–and not gain weight. The catch? No junk food. I haven’t had a donut or a cookie or anything processed, to speak of, since August of 2009.

    The surprise? I don’t feel deprived. I do eat Dove dark chocolate–which is not junk, according to the health professionals–and that’s a big reason the diet works.

    All the advice I’ve ever heard or read about sticking to a healthy diet involves giving yourself at least one meal a week–if not an entire day–to eat whatever you want. That was my undoing. I could never get on top of the almost irresistible pull of potato chips and sweetened cereal, for example. The secret for me, and I’m guessing a lot of people (abstainers versus moderators), is to cut those things out altogether. You wouldn’t suggest an alcoholic treat himself to a few drinks on Friday evening. Same with a smoker. You stop drinking or smoking, you stop. That’s what stopping means.

    For me, potato chips and donuts are as addicting as what I’ve heard cigarettes are. Cutting them out of my diet has made my life so much simpler and healthier. It’s one of the easiest things I’ve ever done–and one of the biggest surprises.

  4. a postscript to my earlier comment…

    This diet meant that on the cruise I stuck to fruits and vegetables, fish, baked potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and so on. “I’m eating healthier than I do at home!” I told my husband at one point. Which we had both thought was impossible!

  5. First off, let me congratulate you on your success, Maureen. You’re an inspiration. I agree with you. A few years ago my wife and I decided to simply stop buying foods that were too tempting to have in the house — if it’s not there, you won’t eat it. Now, if a craving occurs, we have to get in the car to get it. That is usually enough of a deterrent. If it isn’t, then we figure our bodies really needed that cone of ice cream or fudge brownie. You are right — eating healthy consistently only works when you make it a lifestyle choice. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughtful comment. I look forward to seeing you here more often. All the best.

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