It’s that time of year when the lucky amongst us are counting down the days until the summer holidays kick off and a trip abroad beckons – but how easy is it to stay healthy? With the majority of people now opting for budget-saving all-inclusive resorts it can be difficult to know when getting value for money is getting out of hand. Typically on an all inclusive break food and drink are available from the moment you get up to the moment you go to bed giving you the chance to lavish until your heart’s content on all kinds of meals and snacks.
These are our top tips to enjoy your holiday to the fullest whilst keeping your diet in check.
1. Don’t stray too far from the diet you have at home.
Experiencing new things and local cuisines is one of the best parts of being holiday but be aware your body doesn’t like extreme changes. At home, you might eat mostly white meat, rarely eat fried food or only have a bowl of cereal for breakfast but on holiday these habits can change and leaving you feeling out of sorts. Victoria Taylor, Dietician for the British Heart Foundation says: “a fortnight is a long time to be eating unhealthily and when you get back you have fallen out of the routine and might not get back into it.” Try to mix new tastes with familiar ones and avoid a Full English every day!
2. Don’t feel the need to eat dawn ’til dusk.
If you’ve paid for an all inclusive holiday we can all be guilty of thinking we should wring every last penny out of it but try to separate hunger from greed. Avoid the temptation to try everything on the buffet – ask a partner or a friend to choose a meal for you or focus on one meal you know you’ll enjoy finishing. Don’t go for the burgers and chips every lunch time, try to keep it to something small like fish or a salad and keep in mind you can enjoy a real treat at dinner later.
3. Do you need to drink everyday?
Beer, wine and cocktails in the sunshine sounds like absolute heaven on holiday but can lead to dehydration and sickness. Official advice from drinkaware.co.uk says: “If you do choose to drink alcohol in the sun, staying hydrated is vital. Alcohol dehydrates your body, and that can spell danger.”Enjoy soft drinks and lots of water to keep your body healthy, happy and refreshed. Treat yourself with the occasional drink over lunch and mix nights drinking with nights off.
4. Battle the buffet with swimming and activities
Make the most of the glorious weather and take advantage of your hotel’s swimming pool for some serious lengths in between splashing about. An hour’s moderate swimming burns around 500 calories according to www.livestrong.com. Join in the entertainment programme with things like aqua aerobics, bowling and archery to keep off the kilos. You WILL have that dessert!
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