In two weeks, I’m headed to Italy and Spain and am fearful that my summer diet will go out the window. Wine, pasta, gelato — oh my! I spoke to a dietitian to find out how to prepare for a vacation full of food and lounging. Read her diet tips below!
Everyone loves a summer getaway! But if you’re looking to lose a few pounds to look even better in that bikini before you hit the beach in a week, you may be going about it all wrong. A dietitian is telling you what works and what doesn’t below — and it may surprise you.
Amanda K. Foti, a Registered Dietitian with Selvera.com breaks it down.
“In order to prep for a vacation or drop weight fast, many of my clients will ask me about juicing for a few days leading up to a trip. Juicing is not the answer. It maybe be great to banish bloat prior to a summer getaway but weight will come back stronger than after post-vaca. Juicing is a great way to consume essential nutrients in a concentrated form. You can reap the benefits of various fruits and vegetables that you otherwise wouldn’t eat. I tell my clients to view juicing as a whole foods supplement, that is, if you’re using a juicer machine. Many of the juices available on the market at convenient health stores are loaded with fruit juices to boost the taste of these drinks. This will have you consuming a high amount of sugar with little to no fiber or protein to slow down the digestion, meaning you’ll be storing most of the calories as fat.”
How To Prepare For Vacation
Amanda says: “Following a restrictive juice plan for a number of days will most likely allow you to lose weight fast, depending on what your current size and eating habits are. However, you will be starving your body of key nutrients like protein, fiber, and fat — what we in the nutrition world call macronutrients. Restricting yourself will significantly slow your metabolism, alter your energy level — and potentially your mood — and set you up for gaining all the weight back and more. Your body will fight the weight loss after a day or so and as soon as you resume normal eating habits you’ll be storing the majority of it as fat.”
Here’s how to properly prep:
“If you want to prep before a vacation, I recommend having 5 small meals a day with lean protein and fruits and vegetables. Avoid any starchy carbs like bread, sugar, and alcohol. Hydrate with at least 64 oz. water every day and bump up your activity levels if you can. This will set you up to lose a few pounds before the trip and keep your metabolism burning those calories, just in case you splurge a bit while you’re away!”
Are you planning a summer vacation? Will you follow these tips before you go away?
— Dory Larrabee-Zayas