Vacations can be the most dangerous thing for your diet. If you’re like most people, you think of vacation as a time to try new foods and indulge in desserts. But if you’re on a specific weight-loss regimen on a path toward a healthier you, the last thing you want to do is sabotage your eating plan while traveling.
If you’re looking for a clinically proven, unique approach to shedding pounds, check in with renowned weight-management specialists Drs. Skversky and Ahmed here at Weight No More in Newport Beach, California. We can evaluate your health and weight goals to get you started on a medical weight-loss management program that guarantees success.
If you’re already following a weight-loss regime under their care, here are a few of their top tips to keep you on track while you travel.
1. Have a daily plan
Part of the fun of vacation is spontaneity — detours to exciting spots and last-minute decisions to go a different direction. But when it comes to your diet, spontaneity can put your weight-loss goals in a tailspin. You grab a pastry at breakfast, eat a super-sized lunch, and then order the chef’s special chocolate concoction for dessert. Before you know it, you’ve strayed far beyond your food allotment for the day.
Rather than grazing your way through your vacation, plan out your daily menu so you don’t go off the rails too often. Go ahead and treat yourself to something delectable, but make adjustments so that you end up with a relative balance of calories and nutrients at the end of the day.
2. Fall back on meal replacements
If our doctors have put you on one of their successful prepackaged meal-replacement plans to kick start your weight-loss program, you’re in luck. Not only are these tasty, doctor-approved meals healthy and nutritious, they’re also perfect for taking along on your trip. Tuck a few into your carry-on bag or backpack so you’ll always have a healthy choice when faced with temptations.
3. Use appetite suppressants
When you’re visiting new places, your whole routine changes. You engage in activities you’re not used to doing, meet new people, and experience other cultures — and all of it gives you an appetite for the cuisine of the region.
Talk to our doctors to see if appetite suppressants might be an appropriate support for your weight-loss efforts to keep you from overindulging. The right medication can keep your hormones balanced, your metabolism under control, and your cravings at bay.
4. Don’t drink your calories
Try as you may, you’ll probably end up consuming more calories than you should on your vacation, but if you play your cards right, you can keep the count down by watching what you drink.
Each alcoholic beverage you drink could cost you between 100-300 calories. If you choose one mixed with soft drinks or cream, that number can shoot up to 500 or more. To be on the safe side and to give yourself a little more leeway with the calories available for food, opt for water, plain iced tea, or other unsweetened drinks with your meals.
5. Pare down your portions
A great way to experience all the flavors of your favorite vacation spot without wrecking your diet is to scale down your portions.
If you want to try the pasta dish that put a trendy new restaurant on the map, then split it with your fellow diners to cut the calories in half. If you dine at a family place, order off the kid’s menu to ensure you’ll eat less.
Whether you’re going on vacation or staying put for a while, our doctors are here to help you set realistic goals to reach the ideal healthy weight for you. Call us today at (949) 339-3729, or click the “book online” button to schedule a consultation soon.