WASHINGTON, May 7, 2016 – Dropping pounds while exploring the never ending islands of Indonesia or diving into the new coral reef discovered in the Amazon sounds like an insane fantasy, but emerging from your trip as a slimmer, tanner, happier you is possible.
Set yourself up for real life success by turning your vacation into the funnest diet you can. Eat well, try every activity, and relax for a tighter taunter you.
Eat Lots (or Not)
Eating healthy while on vacation can be pretty easy, and reset your taste buds for healthy food if you’re on vacation long enough. Choosing to indulge in local, traditional foods will often save both your wallet and your waistline (there is a reason the locals are slimmer).
Often traditional foods will have more vegetables, be focused on one main starch group like potatoes, freshly made bread, or rice, and rarely include large amounts of processed sugar.
You could also try eating nothing (or very nearly). There are a plethora of fasting retreats in gorgeous exotic locations that offer all inclusive junk food detoxes. If you chose a health retreat instead of a fasting one you can it as a guide to what a healthy diet might look like, and follow through with the advice while at home.
Make Time for Activities
Dropping weight can be difficult if all you do is lay on a hammock with a cocktail big enough for Nemo to swim around in, but that does make a great morning activity when followed up by a run along the beach, windsurfing, or hiking.
A morning hike can burn of up to two bottles of champagne, and just an hour of windsurfing will eviscerate two and a half Krispy Kremes. Don’t be a food-fascist while on vacation, just make sure that what you eat is matched with your activity level. Food and drink are adventure fuel, use it wisely!
Reducing stress in your life will help you drop weight naturally, without counting calories, or worrying about exercise; it will facilitate natural, sustainable, long-term weight loss. While you can chose from a variety of de stressing activities like meditation, reading, or hiking, allowing your mind to escape into the moment will be infinitely easier if there is no stressors from home squeezing your skull.
Nothing ruins a moment of sacred meditation in the lost temples of the Khmer Empire like the sudden realization that you didn’t lock the door.
Make a list before you leave, like ‘put safe in storage locker’ or ‘turn off stove’. Doing this will release your mind from that nagging voice in the back of your head and allow you to truly relax into the hammock with your book.
Leaving your house ready for your return will save you untold mountains of stress, whether you need to you’re gone, make sure something is in place to remove the potential stress of returning home to a cleaned out apartment.
When there is nothing back home clinging to the bit of peace in your thoughts, you can finally allow yourself to relax into the hammock for long afternoons with your book, or an escape across the desert on a motorbike across the variable sands of the salt crusted plains east of Dubai.
Finding what will give you the most enjoyment and relaxation will be vital to your weightloss goals, and overall well-being.