Written by Sadie Wirthlin
Summer is coming to an end and everyone is coming home from vacation. But after some much-needed time away, many of us come home to find that relaxing on the beach or exploring the city has completely frustrated our diets. In a recent study done by the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Science, Americans gain an average of one pound during a one to three-week vacation, and that extra pound can linger for up to six weeks. A pound might not seem like much, but it can add to the average person’s weight gain of 1-2 pounds per year. Whether you’re trying to shed a little vacation weight or simply need to reboot your diet, here is where you can start!
First, get back into the swing of things. When you get home from vacation, get those bags unpacked and set up anything you need to get back into your normal routine. This will clear out clutter and clear your mind for what’s ahead. Set your alarm for an early rise, and be sure to get plenty of sleep. Setting a consistent sleep cycle has been shown to go hand in hand with your diet, and it can help reduce those exhaustion munchies.
Next, it’s time to hit the grocery store. Typically, going on vacation means you would have cleaned out your fridge before leaving; in this case, coming home to an empty fridge makes takeout seem extra appealing. Get to the grocery store as soon as possible and load up on healthy options. Eating something healthy in the first few days will make it easier to stick to the reboot.
To help stay on top of your diet, keep some pre-cut fruits and veggies in the front of your fridge and the treats behind closed cupboards. Sure you can have a few treats like cookies and chips around the house, but you don’t want those to be the first thing you see when you are reaching for a snack.
Most people still feel pretty relaxed after coming home from vacation and want to settle into a couch in front of the television. Don’t do this! In a study done by the University of Houston, people’s food choices became worse as they spent more time watching TV in a comfortable setting. Be sure to keep your TV limit to 30 minutes to prevent this possible setback from maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Other helpful tips to reboot your diet:
- Avoid added sugar: swap high glycemic foods (which spike and crash blood sugar) for low alternatives such as whole grains and healthy fats.
- Stay hydrated: drink water every few hours and try to consume half of your body weight in ounces each day. Starting your day with a glass of water can boost energy and flush out lingering salt and leftovers in the colon.
- Bump up your exercise routine: try out some high intensity workouts. These don’t have to be done every day, but the best types of exercise combine cardio with weight training 3-4 times a week.
Source: 10 Easy Ways to Reset Your Diet. Olivia Tarantino. August 11, 2016. Time.com.