You deserve a vacation, but you also deserve to maintain the weight loss you have earned. You surely do not want to gain back the weight that you have worked so hard to lose, and you do not have to. You can go anywhere and stay on track as long as you plan well. There are a few tools that may help you keep those pounds off while you enjoy your well-earned rest.
Portion Control Plates
From the hotel’s all-you-can-eat breakfast to the beachside bistro’s lunch menu to the gourmet restaurant’s multi-course menu of oversized portions, food can be unlimited the whole day. “Eyeballing” it may not cut it, even if it works at home, as portion distortion becomes the norm. Consider carrying Portion Control Rings to measure anything, anywhere.
The set includes 6 rings ranging in size from 1 ounce – perfect for peanut butter or cheese – to 8 ounces – the amount you might want for a salad or cooked vegetables. Try the 3-ounce ring for tuna fish, the 1/3-cup ring for sweet potatoes, the ½-cup ring for yogurt, and the ¾-cup ring for strawberries. They are color-coded so you can quickly measure what you need and be confident in your portion size.
Protein Bottles and Powder
Getting your protein is one of the essential components of your weight loss success, but it can fall by the wayside when you are on vacation and on the go all day in a foreign country or another unfamiliar place. Protect yourself by carrying around a Protein Shaker Bottle that makes it easy to mix your Protein Powder with the proper amount of water or another beverage. Choose a spill-proof bottle that is easy to carry and has measurements on the side.
Salad Dressing Packets
You are on the right track if you are planning to order a green salad with protein at restaurants when you can, but be sure to keep an eye out for salads that can hit you with 500 or even 1,000 calories. Look for ingredients such as:
- Lettuce or other greens.
- Tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables.
- Lean proteins such as chicken, beans, or tuna.
Avoid the trap of high-calorie dressings that can add hundreds of calories and unwanted fat. You may even want to travel with your own Low-Calorie Salad Dressing. Ranch, Honey Mustard, and Italian all come in single-serving packets that you can keep in a pocket or purse for when you need them.
One nice thing about being on vacation is getting to relax in the evening. Some hotels offer you chocolates at night, and that can harm your diet unless you are prepared. It is far easier to refuse the sugary, high-calorie chocolate bars they offer when you are armed with your own low-carb Protein Chocolate, which is satisfying, great-tasting, and diet-friendly.
Make your vacation even better this year by keeping the pounds off. You can finish your trip feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and proud of yourself for working towards good health. The BariatricPal Store has what you need to succeed!