Vacation is synonymous with indulgence, so it may sound counterintuitive, that some people report dropping pounds during a vacation — even after leaving day-to-day eating and fitness routines at home. Could a trip be just what you need to help you drop a couple of pounds?
Here are a few factors that may contribute to the vacation weight loss phenomenon:
Some people also use the time leading up to vacation as an external motivator to lose weight. If this works for you, it can be a great way to jumpstart some healthy habits! However, special events like trips shouldn’t be relied on to lose weight. It’s critical to understand your “why” and have other motivators for sustainable weight loss.
While it’s possible to see the number on the scale decrease during your next vacation, you shouldn’t expect to lose a significant amount of weight as a result of travel alone. Keep in mind that whatever weight you lose while traveling will likely be regained when you return home, unless the same eating and exercise habits are maintained. This works in reverse, too. Some people find they gain a few pounds on vacation, but quickly lose it when they return to their normal routines.
Bottom line? It’s what you do over the long haul that makes weight loss and weight maintenance possible. It may sound boring, but there are no quick fixes when it comes to improving health or reaching a healthy weight. Consistent, sustainable food and exercise choices have to be made as part of an ongoing lifestyle in order to see lasting results.
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