am going on a holiday to Singapore for 10 days and I am very anxious
about not putting on weight. Can you give me some tips to prevent
of weight gain on a holiday is a nightmare for most of us. But there
is a way of coping. The first point is to get your focus right.
Holidays are not about eating and drinking without control. So mentally
prepare yourself to enjoy some specialties of the place you are
visiting but don't plan to overeat from morning to night. We need
to be more responsible and sensible than that with our bodies. We
can't say "I will just eat whatever I want and come back and
go on a diet." One can easily gain 3-5 kgs in 10 days. So before
you set out, make a decision to be sensible and cautious.
is a common practice, if your hotel offers breakfast, to eat a huge
breakfast and skip lunch or just have a juice and sandwich and then
eat a huge dinner. This is a harmful practice. In the morning if
your body needs three slices of bread but you eat six, the other
three are converted into fat and stored. Eat a sensible breakfast
like a cup of cornflakes and a cup of skimmed milk. Or 2-3 slices
of toast and an egg or 2-3 idlis and sambar. Avoid fried bacon,
sausages and heavy pastry or croissants or vadas. Avoid butter.
A little jam or honey is not harmful. A glass of skimmed milk along
with the above breakfast may help to keep you full till lunch. Take
the fruit served at breakfast along with you and munch on this at
11 am instead of a packet of wafers or chips.
be the main meal of the day. The specialties of the place are to
be enjoyed now and not at night. Make sure you eat whole-wheat bread
or rotis or rice along with a dhal or pulses. Some vegetable and
curd or non-veg can be eaten. The meal must be accompanied by a
fresh salad which is filling and gives you a supply of vitamins
and minerals that are lost with all the walking around and sight
seeing. Lunch time is also the ideal time to eat your seafood or
non veg as you have the whole after noon and evening to digest and
burn it off. Any dessert can be tasted after lunch and avoided after
dinner. Tea at teatime and a fruit at 6 or 7pm is again refreshing.
At this time a cup of yogurt or a glass of skimmed milk will keep
you from overeating at dinner. With Chinese food you may eat steamed
rice or noodle with vegetables and some non-veg but try to include
a salad and nonfat yogurt to fill you up. In a continental situation
you may do bread rolls, pasta, or rice with boiled vegetables and
grilled non-veg or salad with pulses like channa, double beans,
sprouts etc. and non fat yogurt.
should be a light meal. A clear vegetable soup along with whole
wheat bread and baked vegetables or rotis with dhal or pulses and
lots of salads is a balanced but light dinner. A glass of skimmed
milk or a fruit at bedtime is permitted if you are still hungry.
Any fatty food eaten after 6pm is converted into fat in the body
at 12 midnight and it is stored away in the fat cells. If you starve
the whole day and eat fatty foods in the evening it is useless.
I am eating only one meal, you exclaim. But as you sleep all the
fat in that dinner will be stored as fat. Once or twice in those
10 days, you may eat a good dinner but not every day of your vacation.
So out of 10 days and 30 meals if you eat only 10 heavy lunches
you may come back with no weight gain or only 1kg up. (That you
should take off as soon as you are back). The biggest tip however
is to keep up your regular walking, don't stop walking. Try to squeeze
in a 20-30 minute walk in your hotel driveway in the morning or
after dinner. Finally drink plenty of water 2-3 liters daily.
Alcohol is usually
a big part of holidays. Please note that it is very high in calories
- 1 bottle of beer is about 15tsps of sugar or 300 calories. 1 large
drink (whiskey, vodka, etc.) is equal to 7 tsps sugar or 140-150
calories. 100ml wine is 6 tsps sugar or 120 calories. Try not to
drink twice in a day. Try not to drink everyday. Try to restrict
yourself to 1 bottle beer or 2 large drinks or only 2- 100 ml glasses
of wine at a time. Try not to indulge in fried and rich non-veg
snacks but munch on salad with your drink.