It’s standard cruise-director shtick to joke with passengers on the first day about how much weight they’ll gain on the cruise. But for cruisers who face tempting buffets and endless desserts 24-hours a day, what’s a body to do?
Here are some weight loss tips that will keep you looking fit-and-trim. Follow them and you might even lose weight on your next cruise!
Your day will be full of activity, and that activity requires fuel. Skipping breakfast is bad news–not only will you struggle to make it through your daily activities, you’ll also increase your chances of overeating as the day progresses.
Bring your sneakers.
Don’t be afraid of using the stairs. The stairs will often be faster and more convenient than waiting for an elevator. Another great way to burn calories, aside from walking the ship and taking the stairs, is to use the onboard gym (but you already know that!) But, you could participate in classes offered by personal trainers or try some other workout classes such as aerobics or yoga.
If you’re taking part in a contest or seeing a show, chances are you’re not eating. Dancing on the deck is a great way to burn calories, so take advantage of the dance lessons and dance parties. If you are in port, then select at least one active excursion with mild to heavy activity. Instead of plopping down at the beach for the day, try bike riding or kayaking.
Helpful tips for lunch and dinner.
Read the dinner menu before deciding on lunch. Begin with a salad and water before hitting the buffet. Melons and cucumbers are excellent for release of excess fluids. Avoid salty foods. If you must drink soda, drink diet soda, or better yet stick with iced tea or water. To add a little pizzazz to these drinks add a few squirts of lemonade or fruit punch to the tea or water.
The buffet is out there, lurking, and it can get you if you’re not careful. Make healthy meal choices. Cruise lines tend to serve up dishes with heavy sauces. However, you can request that they leave off the sauce or decide on a healthier option, like a grilled chicken breast. Remember to treat yourself to desserts in moderation.
Steer clear of the bar.
Drink cautiously, or not at all. Alcohol has tons of calories–about 100 in a light beer, up to 160 in a glass of wine, and up to 200 for a single shot of certain liquors. Mixing those liquors with sugary sodas or juices makes the calories add up even faster. Limit alcohol consumption to avoid drinking several hundred calories each day.
Get some rest.
An active day in the sunshine can sap you of your energy. Go to bed as soon as you start feeling tired, and don’t oversleep. Eight hours of sleep should do the trick.
Gaining weight on a cruise is not inevitable: Myth busted and Bon Voyage!