7 Tips To Stay Lean On Holidays

As I begin writing this blog, there are two things I think we can celebrate.

  1. The fact that summer is here.
  1. The fact that the lockdown is more or less behind us and we’re moving, albeit cautiously, towards a more ‘normal’ future.

Combine the two facts, and well, the fact of the matter remains that travelling in the near future is on the cards! Now while that’s an exciting prospect, the fact of the matter remains that holidays can drastically affect your workout progress.

Post holiday weight gain is a real thing, after all – but with the right mindset and the right choices, it’s not at all impossible to continue staying lean and fit, even when you travel.

Here are 7 of my favourite ways to ensure just that!

Eat Foods That Are High In Protein

I’ve said this before in multiple blogs, but I’ll say it again – ensure your meals are high in proteins. Not only do proteins make you feel ‘fuller’, but they’re the building blocks of your body and burn more calories in the process of digestion and assimilation.

So my suggestion would be digging into eggs and lean meats as much as possible. For vegetarians, pulses, lentils, beans, soya, tofu and paneer are great options and will keep you satiated for longer.

Not to forget, it will also help you preserve your muscles! 

Eat In Moderation

When you travel, you’ll mostly be on your feet all day – so my suggestion here is simple. Eat a heavy breakfast, a medium sized lunch and a very light dinner. Or the other way round if you happen to just love eating at night, save up your day time calories so that you can enjoy the evenings. 

In general, eat in moderation – not with the intention of stuffing your face, but enough to ensure that your body gets enough nourishment and nutrition and satiates your hunger!

Eat Locally Sourced Fruits & Vegetables

One of my favourite things about travelling is discovering new, local foods of the area. But this doesn’t necessarily have to be junk food. There’s so many amazing fresh fruits and veggies that are local to the area that you probably wouldn’t be able to eat elsewhere. 

Use this opportunity to eat healthy, but also try new foods and meals everyday!

Choose A Stay With A Gym

Start your mornings with a workout. Wake up 30 to 60 minutes before you leave, get a quick workout in and I promise you that it’ll not only help you with your fitness, but you’ll also feel incredibly pumped & energetic throughout the day!

Cardio Is King

This tip not only helps you stay lean, but saves you some money too. If you have to travel short distances, walk to your destination instead of booking a cab. You’ll burn a few extra calories over those few kilometres and stand a chance to explore a whole lot of new places too!

Try To Limit Sugar & Alcohol

Just because you’re holidaying, doesn’t mean the rules of food and diet change. It’s always great to indulge when you’re on holiday, but try not to go overboard, especially in the case of drinking cocktails which contain a lot of sugar, and desserts in general, which aren’t exactly ideal for keeping you satiated.

Stay Hydrated

It’s a no-brainer – if you’re walking and sightseeing a lot, you need a lot of water. And if you have a lot of water, it helps you feel fuller. Replace sugary colas, cocktails and mocktails and even store-bought juices with a bottle of water, and you’ll automatically save 300-400 calories over the course of one day.

That’s 400 calories saved to help you try out more of your favourite foods!

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