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Keeping off the travelling weight!

Travel Forums General Talk Keeping off the travelling weight!

1. Posted by Amy_jo24 (Budding Member, 6 posts) 22 May '08 09:26

Hey Guys

I went travelling around Oz for only 2 months last year and managed to put on over a stone.

I am now planning on going away again for a year in January.

I am not overly vain nor overly skinny but im planning on putting in a lot of work to get in shape for when i go ( as i will prob spend 24/7 in a bikini!) and i don't wanna come back a big fat hefty moose!

It just seems so hard to avoid....can anyone offer any advice ( other than don't eat!) haha. tours etc don't really allow for exercise and food is whatever's nearest and cheapest at that time!

Help!
:(

Amy-Jo x

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1940 posts) 22 May '08 11:25

I also gain very easily, and am attracted to all buffets. On a recent trip to Vietnam I too ate everything in sight, had my cocktail hour each evening with deep fried spring rolls, etc., but came back lighter than before. I stayed in second class guesthouses where I was forced to walk up several flights (I was on the 7th floor in Saigon) - this had the effect of raising metabolism to the point where eating was no longer a problem.

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru, 768 posts) 23 May '08 03:32

I normally lose weight when travelling as although I drink lots and eat lots I am always walking for miles every day exploring. Of course this doesn't happen on beach holidays!!

4. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 23 May '08 03:52

Simple - don't go with a tour.

I did that mistake once, I was so bored out of my mind that I ate constantly. All the food was already paid for so there was another restraint gone. And then I got around by tour bus instead of walking everywhere - when I came home after 2 weeks I had to buy new clothes one size larger.

When I travel now I avoid package deals and bus tours like the plague. The only tours I've gone on ever since have been activity tours, kayaking or cycling.

I cook my own food whereever possible and get around by bicycle, walking and public transport. I stear clear of fastfood chains. Instead I buy bread, cheese, meatcuts, breadspreads in supermarkets and make my own sandwiches. So when I am hungry on the road I don't hit the fast food chain, I hit my own daypack and dig out apples, carrots, bananas and my sandwiches. (Works out cheaper than fastfood at home, so it should work out cheaper as well abroad.) Same goes for dinner, which is usually plain rice or noodles with veggies and some meat. I cook it from scratch so that I know exactly what is in it. (I'm muslim, so that is sort of a necessity anyway.)

And if you intend to hit the beach, one way to make sure you don't gain so much is to spent a lot of time swimming (real swimming, not just bathing) instead of lolling about and getting a tan. You should crash each evening into your bed too tired to move, feeling muscles you didn't even know you had.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 23 May '08 05:52

Quoting t_maia

You should crash each evening into your bed too tired to move, feeling muscles you didn't even know you had.

You just gave me a flaskback of my first trip to Paris. Every night I went to bed thinking I could never, ever walk another step--my leg muscles ached so much I could barely make it home every night. But! Up I got in the morning to torture myself all over again.

6. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive, 1447 posts) 23 May '08 07:31

You could always try India
Worked wonders for me back in 1985.

7. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 23 May '08 15:24

Or try the prices for food in the supermarkets in the city center of Florence and Venice or other expensive cities in Europe when you are on a very very tight budget... 3 Euros for a kilogram of bananas

8. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru, 809 posts) 23 May '08 17:12

I always lose weight when traveling. I walk so much everyday that no matter how much I eat it just falls right off. I also find that I eat better on the road anyway. In Western countries I cook for myself and keep it as healthy as possible and can't afford to overdo it. In cheaper countries I eat 3 square meals a day in a restaurants, but never overeat like I do at home. I also find that the snacks and junk that I eat at home while studying or watching TV just isn't part of my traveling routine.

9. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member, 112 posts) 24 May '08 04:20

I always lose weight when travelling too. At home in uk, I rely on my car far too much, but elsewhere, I dont have that luxury so walk everywhere and the weight drops off. I actually dread coming back home, because I know the weight will creep back on until my next trip comes round.

10. Posted by aghman (Budding Member, 7 posts) 25 May '08 00:14

I couldn't agree more about not going on a tour. I've never gained weight on a trip, especially when I go to Italy. We do so much walking/sweating that it's hard NOT to lose weight.
Go to markets and eat lots of fruit/vegetables. Drink lots of water and stay away from soda, juices, or anything with sugar.
If you don't let people make decisions for you, you can have a more personalized trip AND be healthier. If you're dead-set on a tour, try to find one that allows you to be healthy. Ask the folks who run them how they plan the trip and see if you like it. Try to find people who make you walk more, then you'll have no trouble at all :) Enjoy your trip!