Here are seven helpful tips on how you can be the biggest loser on your next trip.
Avoid Airplane Food
Pizza, re-heated steaks smothered in heavy sauces, greasy potato chips, chocolate-chip cookies — this starchy, high-carb junk food is instant death to any diet. Bring your own food when you fly (nuts, celery sticks, carrots), and drink plenty of water.
Fast Food Verboten!
McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s — this junk food is everywhere, so why would you eat it on vacation? Use your precious time in London, Moscow, or Honolulu to seek out local flavors.
Do Like (Active) Locals
On vacation do as active locals do. So when in Paris, San Francisco, or Santa Monica, rollerblade. When in Vancouver, B.C., rig a sail. In Buenos Aires, take a tango class, and if you’re in the Caribbean, learn windsurfing or diving.
Either/Or But Not Both
When dining, plan your indulgences carefully. Yes, you can have the marzipan crépe with strawberry glaze, but not if you’ve also ordered the pasta special.
Get Off Your Butt
The best way to see a city is to walk it. Sure, you can save time riding a bus or subway, but just think how many calories you’ll burn if you walk to all those museums and restaurants. If you’re not given to hoofing it, make it an adventure: get a map and scope out a great route through the city’s best sights.
Let’s Do Lunch!
To avoid vacation weight gain, try eating one big meal each day in the middle of the day, followed by a light dinner. You’ll save money too, as lunch is always cheaper than dinner.
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Find the Gym!
Most hotels these days have gyms, whether you’re in Dubai, Sitka, or Saba. True, the gym might be a smelly room with really old machines, but you’ll benefit from paying a visit. What’s more, many lodgings offer free sessions with an onsite trainer. Ask the concierge.
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