Like you, I eat aimlessly when I’m on vacations, ice cream of every flavor, pastries ,second serving of everything and desserts that I can barely pronounce its names but I know if I never eat it now, I’m never going to get the chance when I am back, and if like something I would basically eat it everyday for the entire trip, I remember Japan, I ate red bean cake every 2 hours, in Paris I had a tart in all sort of flavor in every bistro I stepped into, Geneva’s chocolates, don’t even get me started. Thailand, it was street food, I felt bad for the vendor so I bought what they sold, in Las Vegas all I wanted was tacos , and the list goes on.
There is no secret in weight gain like how there is no secret in weight loss, firstly my main advise is not to be to extreme and cut out everything and go into a strict-diet mode, there is no need to be ashamed if you still enjoy a piece of chocolate or 2 during your tea break or if you decide to share an ice cream with your other half. I know a lot of women out there, they come back from their holidays and the first thing they do is go on a juice cleanse, trust me its not a very smart move, from a scientific point of view on how your body would react. There are better time to do a cleanse, but not right after a holiday. Imagine if you have not train for a marathon and decide to do a marathon tomorrow, how would your body react?
those bars was the size of a bread loaf!
So here are 5 tips on how to get you on track!
Being on a plane, a different time zone and another country, we forget to hydrate ourselves. Water also helps us to sustain our hunger since our body can't differentiate between thirst and hunger, aim for 8 oz of glasses per day, if you have not read the benefit of water, if you don't like water, click here for tips to make it taste better.
Bring Lunch to work.
Obviously if you bring food to work, you would know what you're eating, for a matter of fact you would save money and nothing is healthier than home cook food, unless of course your bringing chili crab to work, replacing 1 meal with home cook food could help you cut down calories.
Track your Activity.
Did you know our phone are so smart this days! Not only does it allow you to make phone calls and video call your mates half way across the globe, it allows you to tract your steps! since all of you own a phone, I am sure, even my niece who's 7 carries an iPhone. Download specific apps to help with your progress and no you don't need any fancy gadget, your phone does it all!
here are some Apps that are pretty fancy!
Runtastic Pedometer Step Counter & Walking Tracker for apple users or click here for Android users.
There are so many out there, feel free to Google.
Add some Resistance Training.
If gym is not your thing, use your body! add squats, push up, jumps, lunges, dips for 10-20 minutes before engaging in your usual cardio session. The more muscle you have, the better your body is capable of burning fats and increase its capacity of calories expenditure throughout the day, that is why I lift weights.
Do not skip meals.
Especially breakfast, skipping meals throw your blood sugar level all over the place. At the end of the day you would eat a bigger lunch or dinner, trust me on this, happens to me all the time when i skip breakfast, man i eat dinner for 3, I could relate to this meme.
Lastly, always be positive and give credit to small improvement! lets get it straight you are going to have to work just as hard when you took to lose that 5 pound but hey you know what, at least you have a goal, you know what you want and with the right set of mind, you would be able to overcome anything , your weight is just a minute detail of your life, so if today went bad after lunch, make sure dinner is better, i believe in you.
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