How To Avoid Unwanted Holiday Kilos year i went on an epic trip. I was filming for my new TV show and I let It all out: I ate everything. drank too much and partied too  late. Sadly, as my mirror later pointed out, good memories weren't all I brought back with me. Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the hardest things to do while travelling, and eating is a beautiful part of travel. After all, if you don't indulge in the local cuisine, you're not getting the full cultural experience.

The key is to be honest with yourself about the nature of your trip and plan for It accordingly. For starters. don't eat things on the plane that you wouldn't normally eat in your day-to-day life. If you weren't at 30.000 feet, would you still be munching on a cellophane-wrapped gourmet cookie at 10am? And if you find yourself flying business class and you're offered an ice-cream after the meal, ask yourself if you'd normally stop at Baskin-Robbins for a double scoop after lunch.

SNACK SMARTER: Here's an example. Let's say you're in Italy – home of gelato. You'd be crazy not to try it. Just be smart about it. Get a cup instead of a sugar- loaded cone, opt for fruit toppings, and you don't need to “try” it every day.

Hotels pose a unique set of challenges too. Every time I open a room-service menu. I think.'I could have a grilled chicken salad, but I really like the look of that burger.

If you don't open the menu, you can't be tempted by what's inside. Call room service and ask what non-cream-based soup there is that day and see If they can make you a salad with grilled chicken and vegetables. Or order a steak, but Instead of fries. ask for steamed broccoli or asparagus on the side.

Remind yourself to control what you can when you can. If you anticipate a big  meal, work out beforehand – and you don't need a gym Run through the city and check out the architecture. Maybe there's a pool nearby where you can do some laps. Rent a bike and ride to a nearby town. Let your travels motivate you to try different forms of exercise. Take it from me. some trips will spin out of control. But if you plan ahead, you can avoid counting extra kilos among your souvenirs.


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