You are laying on a lounge chair next to the pool with your headphones in listening to your favorite podcast.
The ocean waves are rolling in the background, the breeze rolls across your skin.
You reach for your poolside drink and snacks.
But you stop for a second and you think, “oh shoot, this probably doesn’t fit my macros”
And then, in that instant, you realize your vacation is ruined…
But what if it doesn’t actually have to be.
What if you can enjoy your vacation and still make progress.
What if you can eat your cake and have it too.
Well, it turns out you can absolutely enjoy your vacation and enjoy your poolside drink, favorite vacation meal, and probably even a little dessert.
Here is how you can crush your vacation without derailing your progress.
1) Decide what is important.
Here’s the honest truth. You can enjoy everything you want on vacation. You just might need to decide what is the most important. You can have a few drinks, a nice dinner, some dessert.
But you probably can’t have 15 drinks, 2 appetizers, 1 dinner, and 2 desserts. Be reasonable and decide which things you want to really enjoy and what things are not really all that important.
I know for me, I’m good with 1-2 poolside drinks and a solid dessert. Appetizers are not really my thing.
2) Get a rough idea of your total daily calories you can consume and try and stay close.
If you have a caloric allotment of 1700 calories a day, don’t get too stressed about tracking every single thing on vacation, but do try and estimate it and get close to your target calories.
Being off 100-300 calories a day on vacation probably is not the end of the world. Being off by 1,500 a day, might cause some problems over a 7 day vacation.
3) Get some protein in, and maybe some veggies.
There are two pretty easy ways to help yourself control total caloric intake without tracking.
Get your protein in.
Eat your veggies.
Calorie for calorie, protein and fibrous veggies are very good at keeping you full for extended periods of time.
If you can structure your meals around protein and veggies then you can pretty easily control your caloric intake without worrying about tracking your calories.
4) Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Here is the honest truth.
Vacations are not really what derails your progress.
Imagine this… you overeat by 500 calories a day for your 7 day vacation.
Over the full course of the week that, at worst, results in a ONE pound gain.
That means that over the course of 52 week year, your vacation may set you back 1/52 of your year.
The other 51 weeks a year can matter much more.