May 17

Overeating During Vacation

junk foodSchool is almost out, and vacation time is coming! For many people this means travel, eating and drinking in restaurants and overindulging. The news about vacation weight gain is both good and bad. Most people do not gain the three to five pounds they think they do during vacations.  A 2016 study at the University of Georgia found that the average adult gained just under one pound when on vacation. The bad news is that this small weight gain, typically, is not lost in the following months.

If you add this to the one pound plus gained in a typical holiday season and multiply it by 20 years, you can see why “creeping obesity” is such a wide-spread problem. Doing this year after year will add fifty to sixty pounds to a person’s weight in the years between age 25 and 50!

There are some simple things you can do to avoid this:

  • Plan ahead.
  • Weigh yourself before a vacation or holiday season. If you have gained weight, take it off soon; do not let it creep up on you.
  • Remember that alcohol adds up. A pint of beer or a sugary cocktail contains 200 or more calories. If you have two per day during a 10-day vacation, you have added more than a pound.

You can read more about this in our article, “Healthy Eating While on Vacation.”

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