5 Dieting Tips When Planning Your Vacation

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San Bernardino National Forest in California

Are you dieting? Here are a few tips I used to avoid gaining weight while on vacation:

We recently traveled to California for our son’s wedding and to visit our grandchildren. If you have been keeping up with my previous posts we have been trying to eat healthier. I am not going to lie, I was a little nervous about gaining weight on our trip. I had lost 10 pounds in the first few weeks of healthier eating and walking. Gaining it all back was not an option!

Let’s face it, we were going for a weekend wedding. I haven’t yet been to a wedding that only served healthy foods! Since we were staying in a cabin up in the San Bernardino National Forest, I knew we weren’t going to find a Trader Joe’s near by!

Safe Haven Forest Retreat/ Running Springs, CA

Here is more about the Safe Haven Forest Retreat.

We had a lovely time and although I couldn’t cook our vegetarian recipes due to the wedding logistics, I didn’t gain weight. In keeping with the cabin theme instead of a wedding cake there were s’mores! Yes, s’mores! The gourmet marshmallows were handmade, delicious and full of calories! The mom of the groom had to have a few bites right? Confession: They were so yummy I ate the whole darn thing! Remember, I didn’t gain any weight! Whew!

Photographer Lydia Tolman http://www.lydiatolman.blogspot.com/

Dieting Tips When Traveling

1. When choosing a place to stay, instead of a hotel rent a condo or house from airbnb or VRBO. If you have a fully stocked kitchen you can stop at the local store and purchase enough food for your stay. This will also save you a lot of money! Don’t get me wrong, I love eating out. When we travel we do, but not 3 meals a day.

2. Make sure you have an app downloaded with all your favorite recipes and tracking tools. I use Forks Over Knives, MyFitnessPal and the Fitbit. If you don’t own a smartphone, bring your recipes with you.

3. If you have to eat out, ask for the take home box as soon as you order your meal, NOT after. Cut the meal in half and close that box! Most servings in the U.S. are too large anyway.You will then have another meal for the following day and half the calories. Choosing healthier options when available and portion control are the key. I have also ordered from the children’s menu to get smaller portions!

4. If available continue your exercise program or get creative. When we were at the cabin there wasn’t a treadmill, however there were many walking trails. So I would take the dog for a walk twice a day. Staying active is the key. If you have a Fitbit or something similar, then make sure you’re maintaining your goals. My son and daughter-in-law just gave me this one for my birthday and I love it!

5. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water. Stay away from those sodas. I know it’s tempting, just limit the amount of unhealthy drinks. Did you know that dehydration mimics hunger? If you get hungry, before grazing in that snack box, drink a big glass of water. You may just be dehydrated! One of the items we always have on hand when traveling is bottled water. Look ⇒”How Much Sugar is In a Can of Coke”:

What tips do you have when dieting and traveling? Please share them in the comment section below.

Lisa Ladrido (66 Posts)

Lisa is an R.N. Mom Blogger and the author of Mom Blogger Buzz. She writes about Social Media, Technology, Product Reviews, Blogging Tips, Travel, Family and Health. She and her husband live in the Seattle area. They have 5 sons, 4 grandchildren and 3 furry four legged children!

55 comments for “5 Dieting Tips When Planning Your Vacation

  1. July 6, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    All great tips for staying on the right track! I like to also scout out the fitness centers available or running paths (where safe) I can get decent workouts in.
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  2. July 6, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    I was on a diet before we decided to once again expand our family so I’m off my diet for a while. But these are wonderful tips!

  3. July 6, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    I don’t travel but do go out to lunch a lot with my Mom. Thankfully she is a firm believer in taking home at least half of what is served and I am also in that habit.
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  4. July 6, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    It’s definitely easy to get off track when your having a great time on vacation. This is helpful, I don’t want to gain TOO much on my next trip!
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    • July 8, 2015 at 10:30 AM

      Yes, especially since we were our grandchildren. We seemed to get off track a little, but thankfully I didn’t gain any!

  5. July 6, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    These are some great tips, it can be so hard to stay on the right track while you are away.
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  6. Pam
    July 6, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    I need to practice asking for the take out box and cutting my meal in half more often, whether I am traveling or not. That is great advice. Drinking lots of water is so key too.

  7. July 6, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    These are great tips. It is so challenging to stay on a diet when you’re on vacation.
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  8. July 6, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    I find dieting so hard when we are on vacation. I normally splurge and then have a hard time getting back to healthy options.

  9. Jennifer Williams
    July 6, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Thankfully many restaurants have healthier options these days making travel a lot easier. My husband would love the idea of stocking the kitchen and cooking ourselves as it would save money – I however prefer to go out because I always cook at home. We moved 3000 miles and it was great that all the hotels had a gym I could use before we hit the road, it was the only way to stay active on our trip.

  10. July 7, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    These are great tips. I also like to cook when traveling. It saves you a lot of money.
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  11. July 7, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    When we travel, I like to bring food. We go out for lunch, but I will have a home cooked dinner. This helps cut back on about half the calories.

  12. thelesleyshow
    July 7, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    These are great tips. I try to drink lots of water with my meals so I don’t eat as much.

  13. July 7, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    These are great tips. I will have to remember these for my trip this summer. I always find it hard to stick to my diet while on vacation.
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  14. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    July 7, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Dieting on vacation can be really hard. Tips are always needed and always appreciated.

  15. July 7, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Cooking instead of eating out when you are on vacation is a great idea. It gives you a lot more control of what you are consuming.
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  16. July 7, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Great tips. My biggest tip is to plan your snacks and don’t wait until you’re hungry. We often plan them at home, but don’t think of them when we’re out.
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  17. July 7, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    I need to get back on a good diet. I have been slacking

  18. July 8, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    All these are great tips indeed! My husband loves travelling a lot. Really its hard to maintain diet on vacation times. Your tips would help a lot for sure. I do love to cook when travelling as it helps to save money and good for health as well.

  19. July 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    When we travel we often stay in a condo or something with a kitchen- it makes a HUGE difference! We still splurge but it does make it easier to stay on track.
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  20. July 8, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    We just got back from vacation this past Sunday. =) We stayed with my husband’s cousin and her husband, so I had a kitchen to cook in! That helped a lot with curbing the eating out, but I still didn’t eat as healthily as I should have. Thankfully I only gained .2 pounds!
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  21. July 8, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Asking for a takeout box is one of my favorite tips! Even if I’m not dieting, I will ask for one since restaurants give such large portions!

  22. July 8, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    That view is amazing! That would be a great place to go for vacation! Great tips for dieting while vacationing
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  23. July 8, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Congratulations on your son’s wedding! I love the idea of roasting marshmallows instead of cake…I may just have to do that for my own. :) Your hard work is inspiring. Good job on keeping the weight off!
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    • July 8, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      Thank you so much Heather! I thought it was so cute, especially when they fed each other the s’mores! I am happy I didn’t gain, but I’ve plateaued and that frustrates me a little.
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  24. July 11, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Staying on your diet can be so difficult when traveling and you don’t have your normal safeguards in place! You have to have a plan going in!
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  25. July 11, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    I agree with you about renting a condo. It’s so much easier to keep tabs on your calorie intake when you can see what is going in your food.
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  26. July 16, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    We’re planning a Disney World trip, and food is a big part of our vacation. I’m usually all about splurging when we’re on a trip. However, since we’ll be gone for almost 2 weeks, it’s important for me to remember not to splurge at EVERY meal! Great tips that I can use on our fun time.
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  27. Elizabeth O.
    July 17, 2015 at 4:47 AM

    These are great tips! I do a lot of walking during vacations for sight seeing, shopping and exercise at the same time.

  28. August 2, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Although I do not travel much, but I will surely keep these points in mind.

    Thank you so much for sharing such great information.
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  29. August 2, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    It is so hard to watch what we eat on vacation. These are great tips.

  30. August 3, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    These are some great tips. I always find this challenging, especially if traveling on a cruise where there is 24 hour food available
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  31. August 5, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Totally wish I would have read this before we went on our trip. Gained 5 pounds after our 9-day trip to the west coast.
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  32. August 6, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    We travel a lot and love to travel, but trying to stay on a diet is hard. I don’t need to diet to loose weight, but I have a strict diet that I have to be on because of medical issues. I like where I can make my own food.
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