Vacation is a time to unwind, to celebrate and to rejuvenate; most of us take two long breaks. To maintain weight during vacation becomes challenging. Vacations are nice but putting on weight during this time is definitely not so nice. When you travel, you are often forced to eat out at every meal as it can make you put on some extra pounds around the waistline.

The good news is that usually there are healthier options at every restaurant, even at fast-food places. When I say healthier options, you must be visualising soups and salads. But believe me, you can enjoy much tastier, scrumptious and your favourite foods, by just selecting wisely.

It is possible to enjoy food without packing extra pounds. By following some simple guidelines:

  • It’s harder to make healthy food choices when you get too hungry. Also, you may pop in several starters without even realising. Have a bowl full of papaya or 2 apples or half bowl of roasted grammes before reaching into the restaurant.
  • Look for foods that are baked, grilled or steamed rather than fried or deep fried.
  • Grilled seafood platter, Sizzlers minus the French fries and rice, veg and paneer tikkas are good enough to keep you happy during your vacation.
  • When we talk about vacation or festival how can we forget alcohol? But the calories in alcohol and beverages can add up quickly. Wiser idea is to start with a smaller drink and in between every drink of alcohol, have one glass of water. Remember that water is the best thirst-quencher and it’s calorie-free! Consuming alcohol can trigger dehydration, so drink lots of water. And with regards to cold drinks and packaged juices, try having fresh lemonade, minty lemon, cucumber coolers or iced tea.
  • A few days before the festivities begin, start watching what you eat. Include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to obtain enough fibre. This, in turn, will keep your stomach full for a longer time, so that you avoid gorging on calorie- loaded foods.
  • At a buffet, instead of trying a little of everything, stick to a few healthy choices like salads and lean protein (chicken, fish).
  • Use smaller plates while eating. Fill 2/3rd of your plate with fruits and vegetables; 1/3rd can be allotted to high – calorie foods such as sweets or fried starters.
  • Rich gravies like malai koftas, malai methi matter etc. are overloaded with cashews and pistachios which have a high quantity of invisible fat. Say ‘no’!