Since returning from a short break with my family in Morocco where I managed to avoid gaining any weight, despite being all-inclusive, I thought it would be a good opportunity to explain my approach towards diet and nutrition whilst out there as I know a few of you will be going away soon with the summer holidays around the corner.
Now before I start, I just want to say that I caught a stomach bug on the last day so have found myself running back and forth to the toilet ever since I’ve returned, which in all fairness has helped me lose weight but jokes aside, it’s not fun and not something I suggest you try and achieve!
So, up until then, I set myself a goal of eating three times a day to get my monies worth but avoid the ’all day snack bar’ which was basically the pool bar where they typically only served paninis and burgers.
So, to achieve this, I needed to make sure I ate well enough at breakfast, lunch and dinner. What I ate, would end up being the key to my success.
What we know, is that protein keeps you fuller for longer, so as a meat eater, I loaded up. What I am also trying to do is eat less meat, so I went hardcore on the legumes and wonderful salads that the chefs had prepared.
Typically, I like a big breakfast, so I kept to that tradition, followed by a lighter lunch as I lose my appetite in the heat and then a decent dinner to refuel after chasing my daughter around the aqua park for most of the day.
To me, this is a normal day. Three meals, one a bit smaller than the others and plenty of activity. However, most people will sit around all day, in fact, lay around on the sun loungers all day and still eat big at each meal sitting, not to mention drink the free alcohol all day, and this is where the problem lies.
Ultimately, it’s still down to calories in vs calories out. Even on holiday.
Sure, you may have convinced yourself that you deserve a break or have earned it, but the rule still applies.
So, if you want to avoid putting on so much weight when you go on holiday, just remember these top tips;
1) Be consistent with meal times.
2) Eat plenty of protein and vegetables.
3) Make one meal slightly smaller than the others.
4) Be as active as possible (walks, playing with kids, dancing etc)
5) Have a drink but keep it controlled.
I’m not saying this will be the answer, we all need to approach diet and nutrition individually, but you can definitely have a good time on holiday without gaining too much weight… regardless of whether you get a stomach bug or not ;)
I hope this helps you at least think a bit more when you’re away.
Holidays are about having a good time and creating memories so don’t get too caught up in the details, but if you give the 5 tips above some consideration, you should be fine.
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