If you have ever attempted to lose weight, you have likely experienced some of the inevitable challenges to making a lasting lifestyle change. When you make a lifestyle change, no matter how small, you must think of creative ways to maintain that change even in the face of life’s many obstacles. One of the roadblocks to lasting weight loss is any deviation from your normal routine – and one of the most common interruptions is a planned vacation.
Individuals do not sacrifice time and happiness just to gain their weight back at the sign of the first setback. The goal is simple – keeping weight off for a long time, hopefully forever! This is why it is important to maintain all of your hard work, even while away from home. Maintaining your weight loss program will keep you from having regrets at the end of your vacation. The last thing that you want at the end of what is supposed to be a nice relaxing, tranquil, respite from your everyday life, is to undo all of that relaxation with stress from knowing that you overate and ruined your diet.
To combat the guilty feelings that come from going off your diet, there are a few tips and tricks that you can add to your vacation routine in order to maintain your momentum while you are away from home. Utilizing one or all of the techniques will allow you to continue to lose weight or at the very least mitigate any harm that you might have done if you had not chosen to follow any plan of action during your vacation.
One way that you can minimize the potential for expanding your waistline during vacation is to track everything that you eat in a food journal. There are many different food journals available throughout the various smartphone app stores, or you can use pen and paper. The most important and fundamental concept here is to simply log your food each day. Studies have shown that the simple act of writing down what you eat will help you to eat less. One reason for this is that the process makes you think about what you are eating. And, if you use a food logging smartphone app, you will have an accurate summary of how many calories you are eating each day.
The convenience of the internet offers vacationers the ability to plan what they will eat before going on vacation. Online menus can give you the power to think intelligently about what you will eat while you are still planning the itinerary. Giving you the ability to know where you will eat in advance, advance planning delivers pre-calculated daily caloric intake figures for your entire trip – that way you can protect yourself from gaining weight while still allowing yourself to indulge a bit.
Another tactic that you can take to help maintain your weight loss while on vacation is to allow yourself to engage in planned chaos. Planned chaos is the tactic of choosing a day where you decide to go off your eating plan and eat all of the things that you had denied yourself previously. The only way that planned chaos works is by adhering to the meal plans that you normally live by for most of the days of your vacation – which may or may not be fun! Some people commonly call this a cheat day.
By making use of either one or all three of these tactics you can continue the progress that you have made toward your health goals, but also have some fun and relax a little while on vacation. Following the advice above will likely help you to feel more in control during your next outing, and adherence to these principles will serve to keep away any feelings of guilt that come from unplanned, over-indulgences.