5 Reasons People Gain Weight on Holidays

Posted by juggernautPT on September 13, 2012

5 Reasons People Gain Weight on Holidays
5 Reasons People Gain Weight on Holidays

Holidays are a time to get away from the grind of everyday life – to indulge mind and body, kick back relax and enjoy!

Unfortunately all that indulgence typically leads to half a kilo gained for each day that you're away.

To help you combat the unwanted weight, I've identified the 5 main reasons that people gain weight on holidays, as well as your strategic plan of avoidance.

Reason #1: Not Having A Plan

Let's face it, the holiday mindset is an easy set-up for gaining kilos. Your priority is to relax, and for most people that automatically means eating, resting and forgetting the gym.
Your best line of defense is to keep your fitness goals at the forefront of your mind which includes structured daily activity.

Your Plan: Before you leave for your trip sit down and set a goal.

A realistic goal could be to just maintain your current weight or even to lose a couple of kilos.

The simple act of bringing your fitness goal like this to mind before leaving on your trip will greatly reduce your chances of coming home heavier.

Reason #2: Indulgent Snacking
There's nothing like holiday-mode to cause you to throw all caution to the wind with indulgent snacking.

Ice cream in the middle of the day, a steady stream of cocktails, salty snacks and lots of dinners out.

While these may be fun, unchecked the damage will quickly catch up to you.

Your Plan: Approach your trip with the strategy of indulging with control.

If you really must have a sweet treat, then make it small and follow it up with a balanced, protein-filled meal.

Another way to reduce indulgent snacking is to bring along your own healthy options.

Fresh fruit, unsalted nuts, health bars, cut veggies and low fat jerky are a good start.

By filling up on these healthy snacks you will end up eating less when presented with a sweet or salty treat.

Reason #3: Forgetting Portion Control
You will dine out while away and whether you're visiting 5 star restaurants or local merchants, you're going to face the same problem: big-arse portions.

While the easiest thing to do with a big plate of food is to simply eat it all—you are on holiday after all...right?—that isn't the best for your hips.

Your Plan: Decide here and now that you will not indulge in big-arse portions:)

When you order your meal you can either;

  • Ask the waiter or waitress to bring you a doggy bag and take half of your meal and place it safely into the box before you even begin to eat.
  • Order a entree size rather than a main
  • Or just leave food on the plate!

Reason #4: Eating Too Late
Who really wants to go to bed early while on vacation? The days stretch long and undoubtedly end with a nice big dinner.

All these calories, eaten right before bed, will quickly land around your waist.

Your Plan: Simply stop eating 3 hours before you go to bed.

This easy trick is especially effective while on holiday.

So skip that late night indulgence and wake up looking and feeling grrrreat!

Reason #5: Not Exercising Enough (Or At All)
Crrrraaap, do I really have to exercise on holiday? :(

Yes, you do! That is if you want to look and feel younger, more alive and be in a better mood every single day you are away.

Too often exercise is looked at as work, but vacations are the perfect time to really enjoy a good workout.

You won't be rushing home, trying to squeeze in a few minutes at the gym, but rather your workout can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Your Plan: Look at them as a treat, and make it a priority.

Here are some ideas:

  • Virtually every hotel these days has some type of workout room equipped with cardio machines, dumbbells and a universal machine, so make good use out of it.
  • It’s also a great time to take your workout outdoors; take a run on the beach or do sprints, pushups and crunches on the grass. If you want more ideas of workouts you can do using just your body weight then give me a call or send me an email.
  • Make a conscious effort to be active everyday. Go on a brisk walk after your day's activities (don’t go out hungry though). This is a great way to see a new city, and also a great way to burn off extra calories. Take the stairs instead of the elevator in your hotel and any other buildings you visit.
  • Go on a short jog in the mornings or evenings of your stay. If your hotel has a pool, swim a few laps each morning or evening.

Enjoy your holiday! And when you get back call or email me for a fitness and fat loss consultation. You can tell me about your adventures and I'll show you a step-by-step plan for getting you the body that you deserve....it's easier than you think.





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