K guys – after a whirlwind of travel, I am finally back home in Cali! We’ve been gone for almost an entire month – first with my family in Boise, then Chasee and I went to London/Paris/Provence for two weeks (hashtag amazeballs), then to top it all off we concluded with a family reunion in Utah. Whew! So, so fun, but you guys…
SO. MUCH. FOOD.
Like SO much food.
If you know me, you know that there was no way that I was going to go to Europe and not eat alllllll the things. And that is exactly what I did. My one goal was simply to not binge and I’m happy to say that I never did. However, I did not track my macros AT ALL (check out this post for more about my macro eating situation), and basically if I wanted to eat something, I ate it.
OUTCOME: Puffy. Bloated. Up several pounds I am sure (haven’t weighed myself yet). Looking and feeling far less lean.
BUT, happy. 🙂 Honestly you guys – I have basically no regrets about how I chose to eat on this trip. Truly. For some peeps it wouldn’t be worth it to lose bod-progress they’d worked super hard for just to eat all the things. But for me? Worth it. I’m not the person who is going to track my macros every second. I’m just not. And for me, food is such a huge part of fully experiencing a place, it was totally worth it to try all the English and French foods and just not worry about what I was eating for a bit.
I AM however very, very eager to get back on track and get back to where I was before going on this trip!
So in light of that, I asked my fabulous macro coach Allison to share her tips on how to bounce back after vacationing and flush out bloat/water weight/any extra poundage as quickly as possible!
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Tips for Working Off Vacation Weight:
(per Allison from Allison Carter Fitness)
So you went on the best vacation of your life. You relaxed, ate great food, spent quality time with the people you love, but getting back home and back to reality can be tough. Especially for women trying to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. Post vacation blues, especially regarding body image, can be tough. So what do you do when you get home? To me, the most important thing is to not regret one second of memories you made. Life is meant to be lived, and lived with no regrets. Now that you have your mind straight, how do you get your body to bounce back?
1. Avoid the scale at all possible cost. The scale can be such a downer. Water retention is going to cause the number to be high. So first and foremost, wait to weight yourself for 4-5 days.
2. Drink, drink, drink. I always suggest at least a gallon of water a day, so post vacation, make sure you push at least a gallon of water, if not a little more.
3. Get back to it. Diet and exercise. Whatever you were doing pre-vacation, do just that. Don’t try and do more to work off something you ate. Your body is a machine and if you just treat it well, it will respond. Don’t get in the mindset that more exercise is better or less food is better. Over compensating is setting yourself up for failure. It is a binge and restrict mentality and success is built on consistency and balance.
4. Prepare before you leave. Do a little meal prep or shopping before you leave town. I always make sure to plan to stop at the grocery store right when I get home. Having good food to choose from makes the getting back to it easier.
5. Be patient. If it takes a few extra weeks to get back to where you started, make up your mind that it will be ok. Remember consistency is the only thing that will yield results. So no punishing yourself if your body needs that extra time.
Assuming you enjoyed some extra sweets and treats on your dream vacay, you might have lots of cravings when you are home. Here are a few great suggestions to curb that wicked sweet tooth.
1. sugar free gum. I love having a few choices in my purse, car and kitchen.
2. diet sodas or other sugar free drinks are a go to for me ( I love the coconut La Croix with a few vanilla stevia drops)
3. tic tacs, altoids, or ice breaker sours (my fave!) are all great sweet tooth killers
It will take a couple of days for the cravings to subside, but in the meantime, these will help you get through it like a champ.
Weight gained over a short period of time is mostly water weight. Most of us can’t consume enough to truly gain more than a pound or two in a week. So keep your head high, follow these tips and you will be right back to your pre-vacation self in no time wishing you were back doing all those amazing things you enjoyed with no guilt!