How To Avoid Vacation Weight Gain

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Be Wise About Your Food Choices

Waffles and pancakes look tempting, but think of them as set decorations. Instead, greet the sunrise with a protein-rich shake or an egg-white omelet to kick-start your metabolism and keep you satisfied. Later in the day, enjoy your favorite fruity concoction with lunch or a glass of wine with dinner, but when you're lounging by the pool, strolling the deck, or playing a midnight game of poker, order an alcohol-free fruit smoothie in a 5-ounce glass for about 90 calories, or opt for a seltzer spiked with juice and lime for around 30 calories. Green tea, which revs your metabolism, is another great option. By night, avoid drinks with cocktail umbrellas and fruit juice (there are 350 calories for a pina colada!) and for for red wine, instead. And if you hit a buffet, common at hotels and on cruise ships, always use the salad plate. Be it for the breakfast bar, lunch buffet, or dinner entre, this tried-and-true trick will help keep your portions in control. Use it to eat a salad before each meal, too, another way to cut your total calories.

Put Exercise on Your Itinerary

Trust us: You'll be happier and feel healthier if you squeeze in some activity while you're away, and exploring a new city on foot definitely counts. If you're in more of a resort-type setting, take advantage of the hotel gym or swimming pool (even most small hotels have fitness centers now). If you don't want to spend precious vacation time in your hotel gym, get out and try something new. Depending on where you're staying, you might want to try inline skating or kayaking, or do bike tours or nature hikes. Even 20 minutes a day will help boost your energy levels (essential for all-day sightseeing) and take away some of the guilt from those indulgent vacation dinners.

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