For weight-conscious people, vacations often involve adding extra pounds.
"Changes in daily routine, numerous restaurant meals and snacks, and the temptation to overindulge in unfamiliar surroundings all contribute to weight gain when people are away from home," says Charles Sekeres, president of Physicians Weight Loss Centers.The centers offer these keep-trim tips:
- When traveling by airplane, avoid eating at airports. The food is usually high in fat and calories. If you must eat between planes, choose a salad or a simple sandwich.
- Stick to your normal mealtime schedule, if possible.
- Drink plenty of bottled water, both to purify your system and to avoid hunger pains. Avoid alcohol, which is loaded with useless calories.
- Speak up at restaurants. Ask for smaller portions of meat, and larger ones of vegetables or rice. Avoid high-fat or fried foods.
- Continue your normal exercise routine while away, and do plenty of walking.
- Get your full quota of sleep, especially if traveling into different time zones. If you're overtired, you might eat more of the wrong foods to pick yourself up.