Vacations are suppose to be fun. But how can they be if you are trying to lose weight? Not a problem on The Boomer Generation Diet. This diet’s success is based on best practices that seems improbable: losing weight, having fun and living more!
Don’t stress. Instead lose weight!
Stress causes weight gain. We know that but we still stress out. We still gain weight.
The number one best practices for achieving vacation weight loss is to use this time away from it all to reduce stress. Vacations are suppose to be fun. Have you really designed yours to be so?
Or have you loaded it up stress? Are you trying to cram too much in for the vacation time available? Are you trying to please everyone else and increasing your personal stress?
A best practice for achieving vacation weight loss is to plan a vacation around reducing stress. Do activities that are fun. Especially do things that takes your mind off of work. Pace your vacation time by building in break time. My personal favorite is an afternoon nap. What a luxury. Boy do I have more energy and a sense of calm after a vacation nap!
Five other vacation weight loss best practices
Here are five more of my best practices for losing weigh while being on vacation:
Healthy snacking. Airport food is fast food and fast food is fattening food. Avoid the airplane salty nuts and cookies. Do not order soda. Pack healthy snacks like almonds or a banana. Order water. Don’t be tricked into thinking you are losing weight by ordering fruit juice. That is liquid sugar! Avoid the hunger and lose weight by bringing along healthy snacks.
Eat good for you food. It is way too easy to eat the wrong things on a vacation. You are typically surrounded by fast foods. Plan ahead. Everything is on the internet today. Search for restaurants near where you are staying by using key words like organic or healthy. You will be surprised at how many restaurants will pop up. And my experience is that they are a lot more fun than eating at a fast food or chain restaurant.
Drink moderately. I love my happy hour time. Especially on vacation. But the key is that this is a “happy hour” and not an evening of drinking. Its your vacation so indulging with a couple of glasses of red wine is fun and not damaging if you are following The Boomer Generation Diet. Downing a bottle of wine is damaging your ability to lose weight and your health.
Exercise. Don’t we spend enough time on our couches and at our desks? Why not use this vacation time to enjoy exercising? But this does not mean trying to run long distances or pumping iron in the hotel gym if this is not your norm. For most of us it means taking leisurely walks. It means swimming. Maybe it is rediscovering the fun of bike riding. Exercise only until you are tired and then stop. Rest. Enjoy the scenery. Then try doing another walk or some more swimming. Burn those calories so you can enjoy dinner a little more. But just do not overdo it to the point of hurting yourself.
Don’t think about dieting. If you want to ruin your vacation then try to diet. That is the receipt for failure. Stay off the hotel scale. Absolutely do not stop eating. This is a very high risk action. You will get hungry from not eating. Then when you can’t stand being hungry anymore you will probably eat room snacks or fast food. Yes, plan your vacation with your diet in mind. But do not try to use this special time to accelerate your diet success through denial. You will fail. This generates stress. Stress drives weight gain. You will have lost the opportunity to have fun and lose weight!
About the author
Bill Roth is the author of The Boomer Generation Diet, now on sale at Amazon! Here’s what Jen Boynton, Editor in Chief of Triple Pundit says about the book: ”Written in Bill Roth’s lovable, relatable tone. The Boomer Generation Diet is a must-read for any Boomer who is looking to jumpstart their health and have fun at the same time. I hope my parents read it!” Follow Bill on Twitter and Facebook.