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Vitamin Sea: Can You Lose Five Pounds and Get Fit on a Cruise?
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Vitamin Sea: Can You Lose Five Pounds and Get Fit on a Cruise?

Porthole Cruise Magazine - February 15, 2019
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Yes, You Can Still Enjoy A Cruise While Dieting

Embracing healthier diet and exercise lifestyle choices requires long-term commitment to see results. If you eat junk food every time you attend a party or go on a vacation, it will be incredibly difficult to reach and maintain a healthy weight. You need to find healthy eating practices that you can integrate with your daily lifestyle, even during unusual experiences, such as a cruise vacation.

Cruises are often considered an ideal vacation for those who love to eat. After all, to combat seasickness, cruises typically have buffets and restaurants open to travelers at any time during the day or night. Making smart choices about what you eat, as well as how much you eat, can help you stay on course for weight loss success while enjoying your cruise.

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Don’t try to eat your ticket’s cost

Many times, the cost of any food or drinks are included with the price of your cruise ticket. The more you eat, the better the overall price for the trip may seem. In other words, people feel compelled to overeat or drink too much as a means of getting the best deal for their money. They may order each course or attack the buffet with gusto, abandoning intentions of eating well.

It’s important to realize that you don’t have to eat constantly to validate the money you spent on the trip. Enjoying your vacation is about more than just eating too much. Focus on enjoying the picturesque views of your destination or taking advantage of other amenities, whether it’s a spa or a pool on deck. When you do sit down to eat, prioritize quality over quantity. High-quality ingredients, ranging from fish to vegetables, often cost much more than the junk foods that people love to indulge in while on vacation. Whatever you eat, make sure you stop when you’re full.

Travel with people who support your goals

It is much easier to stay on track if your family members or traveling companions support your efforts to lose weight and improve your health. You will be sharing most of your waking hours with your companions on your cruise, so going with people who will challenge your dietary choices may not be the best decision. Traveling with people who support your healthy eating and lifestyle choices will ensure that you don’t end up succumbing to peer pressure to indulge in a second dessert or a third round of drinks.

Cruises are a very enjoyable way to spend your vacation time. From the impressive amenities of large cruise ships to the exotic destinations you visit, there is much to enjoy. Just because you are trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you need to avoid a cruise. It just means you need to be more careful about the decisions you make while enjoying your vacation.

-Jennifer Dawson 

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