Sometimes you just need a break from weight loss. Whether it's to go on vacation or because life is too hectic at the moment, a break doesn't have to lead to weight gain. While many people think it's acceptable to gain weight during these times, it's not. Thankfully, there are things you can do. Here's how to take a break from weight loss without gaining.
Be Cautious of What You Eat
Just because you're taking a break doesn't mean you should stuff yourself full of junk food. You still need to try and eat healthy. Fill yourself up on fruit and vegetables before indulging in fattier foods. If you're on vacation, this may even be a time to try healthy foods you've never tried before. This doesn't mean you should avoid good foods, it just means you need to make the best choices possible.
Continue to Exercise
If you're eating more calories, but still exercising, you'll be able to maintain your weight. If you're up to it, you may even want to increase your routine. Being on vacation will give you even more chances to exercise. You might go hiking, walk on the beach or even go mountain climbing. If you're taking a break because life is hectic right now, exercise can be an excellent stress-buster.
Drink Plenty of Water
Remember to keep drinking plenty of water while you're taking a break. Water can help flush your system and help prevent overeating. For a simple rule, take your weight and divide by two to see how many ounces you should drink each day. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, drink 90 ounces of water per day.
It can be easy to go overboard while on vacation. While it's impossible to avoid all the goodies, you can practice moderation. You don't have to try each kind of candy in that handmade chocolate shop or try every dessert offered on the cruise buffet. Have a couple pieces of chocolate or one dessert.
Monitor Your Weight
Last, but not least, if you're going on break for an extended period of time, weigh yourself every one to two weeks to make sure you're not putting the weight back on. If you are, you will be able to catch it before it gets out of hand.
There's nothing wrong with taking a break from weight loss, but no one said you had to gain weight while doing it.