One of the biggest challenges for most dieters is going on vacation. Maybe it's because the concept of "vacate" is in the word. We want to leave everything behind -- the dog, the dishes, and especially the diet.
Which is okay. Few of us follow a straight line to reach our goals, and giving ourselves permission to go on a diet hiatus is a viable option.
Yet if we are serious about reaching our ideal weight and gaining optimal health, we don't have to hop from one extreme to the other.
The way I see it, there are three possible strategies you can adopt when you go on vacation:
1. Go off plan for the entire trip. You can give yourself permission to sample the local cuisine and have a cheat week. That means you'll reach your ideal weight a week later (or maybe two if you go completely crazy and gain some of your weight back).
2. Go moderately off plan. What this looks like is up to you. You can eat three or four Medifast replacement meals and two regular meals on your trip. Those regular meals should mimic the Lean & Green meals as much as possible, revolving around a lean protein and plenty of veggies. We're talking grilled salmon and asparagus or burger sans bun with salad vs. fettuccine Alfredo or deep dish pizza. If the family stops at the FroYo shop on the way back to the hotel, you can pull out a chewy bar or other Medifast treat so your sweet tooth doesn't go into rebel mode.
3. Stay on plan. If you're serious about getting your body back, this is the best strategy. Not only will you reach your ideal weight faster, you will prove to yourself that you have the ability to retain control no matter what tempts you to waiver. And it's really not that hard. Leah from the FitAndFabulousByForty You Tube channel recently posted a vlog on doing Medifast in her hotel room and shared how she uses the single cup coffee maker as a hot water source for oatmeal and such. If you really want to stay motivated, pack only your tightest fitting clothes. There's nothing like jeans that won't zip to remind you that romaine lettuce really tastes good!
I would be remiss as a TSFL health coach if I did not state the official Medifast advice is "planning ahead so you can continue your program while
vacationing. If your meals aren't with you, you can't eat them! This may necessitate
packing food items in your luggage or having them shipped to your destination. Pre-planning can help you continue to lose weight while you travel. Those who are able
to plan and continue the program while traveling (or dining out) get the best results."
You can purchase Medifast replacement meals directly from Medifast Centers, the Medifast website or -- for no extra cost -- through the co-branded website of a Medifast TSFL health coach. Medifast does not recommend purchasing its products from third party vendors, but if you choose to do so, you can find them on both Amazon and eBay.
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