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Can One Stay on Track While Vacationing?

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Going on vacation is an exciting time for many people. You have worked so hard throughout the year, whether it be at work or maybe you are a student with some much needed R & R. Chances are, you have worked hard to whip your body into shape, so you can show it off on the beach or maybe even at the pool.

However, once many of us step off that plane or step out of that car, we want to live dangerously, and that sometime includes leaving our diets behind. Well, I am here to inform you that you don’t have to let your diet go by the wayside, but at the same time you can live on the edge…well kind of sort of.

I can remember that the first summer that I had my new body; I couldn’t wait to show it off down the shore. However, I was also scared to death about old habits sneaking up on me, but I knew that with a little research, I could figure out what I could and could not eat. Before I delve too far into this subject, I would like to say that I only recommend these tips to someone who has just had a transformation, such as major weight loss or a lifestyle change.

Anyhow, one can always do research about places to eat around them. For example, when I was down the shore that one summer, I knew that there was a Rita’s Water Ice on the boardwalk, so I logged onto their website. Soon, I discovered that Rita’s offered a fat-free, vanilla soft-serve, so I saw this as a way that I could stay on track while also feeling like I was breaking the rules.

In addition, exercising doesn’t have to be out of the question either. There is an informative Youtube video featuring chef Robert Irvine doing a twenty minute workout in his hotel room. The link will be posted at the end of this blog, but my point is that there is no excuse for not getting your workout in after watching this video. After all, it’s twenty minutes, and who doesn’t have twenty minutes?

In addition to losing out on a quick workout, carbohydrates is where I believe many people slip up. Often, sugary substances, such as candy bars or soda can contain simple carbohydrates, which Jessie Szalay of livescience.com says “that they are often in foods that contain processed or refined sugars with no vitamins, minerals or fiber”. In addition, Szalay says “that these simple carbs often lead to weight gain”.

My solution to the carbs issue is to try and stay away from alcoholic beverages and soda, or keep them to a minimum by making water one’s primary beverage of choice. Most people do not realize how awful soda and alcohol can be for a diet. When I went through a transformation over six years ago, soda was the one thing that I cut out and replaced with water. Water is one of the things that I contribute most to my success and today it is something that I make sure I drink plenty of throughout a day, even if I am on vacation.

In closing, I hope that these little tips will help those who have just recently decided to make a lifestyle change or who have experienced dramatic weight loss. This will help to springboard them onto a great vacation. So remember, on vacation, you must work…but don’t work too hard.

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Author: Jason Lutz

I am currently a senior at Rowan University, majoring in Communications in the Radio, TV and Film department. Being an on-air radio host or a famous blogger are my career goals. Fitness is a passion of mine and I like to inform my readers about the latest diet crazes, exercise routines and even simple, life advice. My interest in fitness and health developed when I was a junior in high school. That year I lost over eighty pounds, and I have kept a majority of the weight off.

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