When people go on holiday, they take a leave from their workplaces and use the holiday as an excuse to take a break from their routines-both in terms of diet and working out. This is why very many people come back after long holidays looking very unfit and unhealthy. If you ask such people how they try to stay healthy during the holidays, use of vitamins and plenty of rest are some of the most common responses that you are likely to get. However when you look at the people giving you those responses, they are more often than not unhealthy and are in very bad shape because of the breaks they took in dieting and working out.
One of the main reasons why people end up coming back from holidays looking unfit and unhealthy are the myths and conceptions that people have about holidays. There are certain beliefs that people going on holiday have been brainwashed to believe which end up affecting their healthy and well-being when they are on holiday. We talked to an expert on health and weight issues and he gladly took us through some of the most common myths that patients at Bellaire report every time they come for treatment after holidays. Here are the top 3 holiday health myths debunked and the proper information provided to help you stay in the best possible state even when you are on your holidays;
1. If you skip a meal or two before the party, you can eat what you want and you won’t consume as many calories by the end of the day
This is something common especially in America where people starve themselves during or before the party in an effort to limit their calorie intake. They then will try and compensate the meals missed or food missed during the party by eating a meal later. Little do such people know that they may end up eating almost twice as much as they normally would because of the heightened hunger levels! It’s a terrible idea to try and watch your weight by starving yourself during the holidays.
The best thing to do instead of using such unorthodox means of limiting calorie input is to find a balance of what you eat and how much you eat at the party. A lot of meals that are available in American parties are not so healthy but if you mix them in the right proportions, you can end up with a very nutritious yet satiating meal. For example, consider eating two oranges and one plate of fries instead of eating two plates of fries and drinking just one glass of orange juice. This way, you will be staying clear of too much calorie intake while you are still having fun at the parties. Otherwise what is the point of going on holiday of you are going to starve yourself and not have fun?
2. Don’t worry, you’re in such good shape, you won’t get plump over the holidays
The other myth that has contributed to unhealthy, is the belief that the three months ahead are just too short for you to get plump. What people don’t realise however is regardless of their fitness levels, if they overeat and stop engaging themselves in physical activities, then they will become unfit and plump in no time. There is no one immune to getting fat or becoming unfit. The only thing that will prevent you from adding on unnecessary weight during the holiday is to keep physically fit and watch your diet during the holiday. Luckily enough, most holiday destinations have facilities to enable you keep fit during the holiday. From taking walks on the beach to treadmills in hotel rooms, there is always something that can keep you physically busy. Watch your diet as well. Don’t take a sabbatical from dieting just because you are on holiday. If anything, holidays should serve as a motivation for you to eat healthier and more nutritious foods because the results of remaining physically fit and healthy will be evident to everyone.
3. I just ate too much and that’s why I have such bad heartburn
This is the other common myth that is not true. Heartburns during holidays are common and sometimes people freak out because they misjudge them to be heart attacks and leave their holiday destinations prematurely in search of medical attention. Others assume that pains in the chest and stomach areas are simple heartburns when they are actually having heart attacks. This puts many in a dilemma because they can’t tell which is which when they experience the pains. If you have not eaten foods with high levels of acid (they are likely to cause heartburns) and are experiencing pains in the abdominal area and shortness of breath, then you need to visit the nearest emergency room because those are telling signs of a potential heart attack.