Do you feel unhealthy or like you gain weight while on vacation? Well, the bad news is, common behaviors around food that occur during a vacation can cause you to become heavier, become dehydrated, and feel worse overall. For example, most people don’t account for the 400 fewer calories they burn when sitting in a car all day. The smart thing to do is to adjust the calories you eat in the car to reflect that. Avoid sugary snacks from gas stations and fast food by packing your own cooler full of healthy options.
People on cruises might gain between 5 and 10 pounds thanks to unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise. Alcohol consumption plays a big role, too. When you’re on a cruise, your only option is to eat out, which means you’re getting food that’s higher calorie and often lower in nutritional content. In fact, people tend to assume that restaurant food has half the calories it actually contains. With that in mind, you can make healthier choices the next time you’re on a cruise. Don’t forget to exercise, either, even if it’s just taking a walk around the deck.
Start teaching your kids how to eat well away from home, too. Kids eat a third of their calories away from home and usually choose unhealthy options. As an adult, you also consume a third of your calories when you eat out because of the higher calories in fast food and restaurant food. Learn more about eating healthy when away from home by taking the Eating Hacks: Family Vacations Health IQ quiz.