All-inclusive resorts are an incredible deal. But it’s easy to lose control of your eating habits when your options are unlimited, and offered at no additional cost. . Oh sure, throw in another daiquiri. I’m on vacation!
You don’t have to gain weight if you follow a few tips.
1. Don’t Go For Seconds
Just because you can eat everything doesn’t mean you have to. While it’s tempting to go back for plate after plate to try the salad (and the sushi, and the carving station, and dessert), try to keep it to one plate.
2. Get Help With The Menu.
Healthy options abound on resort menus – even at all-inclusives. Look for menu and buffet items marked by little symbols that indicate healthy choices. All-inclusive resorts always offer fresh produce in their buffets and on their menus. Fruit salads, whole fruit, green salads, and veggie sides will fill you up and give your body some serious nutrients. When in doubt, ask food staff about how things are prepared, and what they’re prepared with. Don’t be shy about asking questions, you are in a place where people are paid to cater to your needs.
3. Choose Wisely at the Bar
Watch what you drink. Unlimited alcohol is one of the great lures of an all-inclusive package, but sugar is one of the major factors in weight gain. Even a single margarita or piña colada can add hundreds of extra calories to your diet. Stick to light beers or mixed drinks, like vodka sodas, which have fewer calories. Of course, it’s okay now and then to treat yourself to a fruity drink – with an umbrella in it, of course. Everything in moderation.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Drink as much water as you possibly can. Water keeps nutrients moving throughout the body, flushes out toxins, keeps you feeling full, and prevents excess snacking. Besides, if you’re spending time in the sun, you’re going to want to stay hydrated.
5. Get Moving…
There are a lot of ways to factor in exercise. Besides the gym, hop into the pool or swim in the ocean; chase your kids or grandkids around on the beach for a few hours; try snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, dancing, playing golf, even scuba lessons – at no extra charge. Simple things like walks on the beach, jogging, walking to destinations instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and shopping all add up when it comes to exercise.