Post # 1
FI and I are going to Paris and London on Wednesday for 2 weeks. I am really excited, but VERY nervous about gaining weight. My first dress fitting is 6 weeks after we get back and my wedding is approx 5 months away.
I have lost a good amounr of weight, but still have a bit more go to and I don’t want my vacation to derail me. I tend to gain weight REALLY easily- like I can gain 3lbs from eating a SALAD with no dressing out, especailly when I can not work out.
I am already planning on bringing a portable scale with me to monitor my weight. Since I have cut out alcohol I will not be drinking very much of it on vacation, though I am very tempted by yummy french wine. FI and I have already discussed that if we are going to have a big dinner, not to have a big lunch (and vice versa). Our first day there we will go to a market and buy fruit to have for breakfast. Of course, we will be walking a lot, but that really does not replace an hour of intensive cardio. In London I will be staying with family, and they have a treadmill, so at least I will be able to workout a bit there, and have “at home” meals.
Any other suggestions?
Post # 3
In my experience that not the kind of vacation you gain weight at. First of all Paris and London are very walkable cities so you legs will be killing you at the end of night. Depending on your plans you might get to eat once or twice a day.
You can not go to France and miss out on the wine or the food. Everything in moderation, plus some of their portions in my opinion tend to be a bit smaller then American meals.
I have found I either lost weight or stayed the same after coming back from Europe, versus going to the beach where you probably be laying down eating all day and drinking cocktails. Everything in moderation and you will be fine!
Post # 4
I think as long as you don’t indulge at every meal, you will do fine. If you have croissants, then patte, and a huge plate of pasta and bread for dinner, you are setting yourself up for failure. Make sure to eat some protein for breakfast with the fruit, that will keep your energy up and avoid the munchies.
Post # 5
Walk, walk, walk as much as you can!
And take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Post # 6
I second the notion of walking a lot! And stairs will work wonders. 😀 Have fun on your vacation!
Post # 7
we went to london and paris in 2010. we walked everywhere. i mean we walked and walked and walked. my legs hurt every night. you will be getting your excercise that’s for sure.
try to scale back on the fancy dinners out. we seldom went of for dinner. we never really stopped for lunch. we walked to a market near the hotel nearly every day to buy something for dinner and took it back to the hotel. when we did go out for dinner i picked a healthier dish on the menu.
don’t punish yourself if you do have french pasteries and beer at a pub. just limit yourself to a small treat per day.
enjoy your vacation! you are going to have so much fun. are you taking the eurostar from london to paris?
Post # 8
I tend to gain weight when on vacation, and most of the time I don’t worry about it too much – vacation is supposed to be fun, and the weight will come back off if you work at it when you get home. That said, ONE time in my life I successfully managed to maintain my weight over vacation – I was really focused on losing weight that year, and I was very motivated to not let vacation undo my progress. What helped most was bringing healthy meals/snacks from home, and only eating out for 1 meal per day. So, I brought the healthiest instant oatmeal packets I could find (quaker weight control – higher protein/fiber than anything else that was on the market at the time) and made them with powdered milk for breakfast each day (plus fruit, that I bought locally when I arrived at my destination). For lunch, I had a protein bar and a fiber1 bar and some locally-bought veggies or fruit, and for snacks I had 100-calorie snack-packs of almonds that I had brought with me. I found that if I kept myself really busy sightseeing, I honestly didn’t feel hungry – and I also had enough calories left over in my daily budget to have a delicious dinner (sometimes even with wine) most evenings. Make sure that you do active sightseeing – I’d walk instead of ride the bus or a taxi, etc. I think in the end I actually lost a pound or two during the vacation! Good luck to you!
Post # 9
I agree with PPs, this is not the type of vacation that you will gain weight on. I lived in Europe for a year and lost 20lbs!
Stick to eating real food between the treats and you’ll be fine 🙂
Post # 10
I would make sure you’re drinking a ton of water as well.
Post # 11
@mypinkshoes: yes, we are taking the eurostart.
thanks for the advice!
Post # 12
I think you’d be surprised at how much all of the walking you do in these cities helps you stay on track. That was my experience in both Paris and London.