Foods to Eat and Ones to Avoid Before Your Summer Vacation

June 20, 2018

What You Eat Before, During and After Vacation Can Have a Huge Impact on Your Weight

Courtney McCormick, Corporate Dietitian, Nutrisystem

(Fort Washington, PA, Wednesday, June 20, 2018) – Summertime is here at last and believe it or not, what you eat before, during and after vacation can have a huge impact on your weight, both temporarily and permanently.

According to a recent study from the University of Georgia, 61 percent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds. Some participants even gained up to 7 pounds.  

There are certain foods you may want to avoid altogether and some that can help you feel and look healthier this summer and all year round!

Foods to avoid include the following. Courtney shares these foods and discusses the reasoning behind why they should be on the “no-go” list.  

  • Low-Fat Snacks
  • Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter
  • Multigrain Bread
  • Granola
  • Sports Drinks
  • Fast Food Salads

So what should you eat? Here are a few healthy foods and beverages you’ll want to eat to keep that healthy lifestyle going strong this summer and beyond!

  • Water
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Protein
  • Healthy sandwiches
  • Popcorn

And what about alcohol?

According to University of Georgia study, participants doubled their alcohol consumption from 8 drinks to 16 drinks during vacation, which added on extra calories. You don’t have to deprive yourself while on vacation. Just watch the added sugar of mixers and flavored liquors. Choose light beers. Stick to drier wines, such as Merlot and Chardonnay and stick to gin, vodka, rum, tequila, scotch and bourbon.

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