A big part of a vacation is to indulge ourselves with exotic food, but how do we enjoy an international menu without regretting it when we get home?

Most of us complain of gaining weight on holiday, even when we feel we are being active
all day long. Here are three simple tips that allow you to eat the food that you love and have a memorable holiday while still maintaining your health and waistline…

Be Active

Dr. Abdullah says:

“Avoid using transport for short distances on vacation. You can burn an extra 1,000 calories per day by choosing to walk instead of taking a taxi. It doesn’t have to be a mountain trek; even a city stroll can help take care of the extra calories you consume on holiday.”

Top Travel Tip

If you find it hard to meander aimlessly, you can add some purpose to your pathway with a movie or television walking tour. From Game Of Thrones in Croatia to Harry Potter and James Bond in the UK, a quick search on the Internet will give you endless options. Without a doubt, New York City boasts the most variety; the streets are full of film locations and movie memories. Make sure you pack some decent footwear for all the pavement pounding and have a camera to hand.

Follow The Golden Three-Hour Rule

Dr. Abdullah says:

“Many people fall into the trap of only eating two large meals a day when travelling – brunch and dinner. Large meals have a negative effect on the digestive system and will definitely increase the size of your waist. Eating a smaller meal every three hours will reduce your calorie intake at each sitting and stabilise sugar levels, which will have a positive effect on your energy and stop you binging at night.”

Top Travel Tip

South East Asian countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Burma and Thailand not only offer colourful culture, picturesque scenery and idyllic island-hopping, but their love of street food is the perfect excuse to follow the three-hour rule. From Mohinga soup in Burma and Banh Mi sandwiches in Vietnam, to Phat Kaphrao stir-fry in Thailand and Halo Halo ice cream in The Philippines, sticking to a ‘diet’ has never been easier.

Reduce Your Dinnertime Carb Intake

Dr. Abdullah says:

“Our body tends to store excessive amounts of carbohydrate calories at night as fat, whereas proteins are digested more easily and are less likely to make us gain weight. Cutting out the carbs at dinner will have an outstanding effect on insulin levels to help you lose fat and feel fresher in the morning. Avoid eating rice, bread, pasta, pizza, or noodles at night, and instead opt for meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy, legumes and eggs. Opt for carbs at breakfast and lunch to fuel your day.”

Top Travel Tip

Famous for their love of barbecues, Australia is a great place to visit for some top tucker. But it’s not just beef and shrimp that you’ll find on the grill. Game such as alpaca, bison, crocodile, kangaroo and ostrich is commonplace in Australian burgers, stews and steaks. Furthermore, animals such as ostrich and kangaroo are often much leaner than cows or sheep, meaning the meat-rich menu down under is as healthy as it is tasty.