One of the first features that most seasoned cruisers mention is that the food aboard cruise ships is both plentiful and of very high quality. Being that there is no other option while on the ship, travelers want to know that there will be great meals and snacks available throughout the day and evening as well. Many guests also fear that all of this great food will result in the need for strict dieting after vacation. But by following a few tips, travelers can enjoy the meals and treats while on a cruise without gaining the dreaded vacation pounds.
It may sound counterproductive but eating full meals is a critical way to control calories. If you tend to snack throughout the day and night, it is very easy to not only overindulge on calories but also to overlook healthy items which would be included in the full meals offered in the dining room. Cruise ships provide a wide range of meal choices from basic meat and potatoes fare to more elegant selections, but all offerings are a part of a well-balanced meal which includes fruits and vegetables. Snacks from the bar or a grab and go stand on the ship are likely to be much less nutritious and much higher in calories such as nachos, sandwiches, and fries or cheese sticks. So enjoy a snack or two but work them into your schedule around meals.
You might also be shocked to learn just how many calories are in those fruity drinks that slide down so easily on a tropical cruise. While a Martini, Bloody Mary or most light beers have around 150 calories, cruise favorites such as a frozen margarita and a Pina Colada contain over 450 calories per drink. Just two of those drinks is almost half of the daily recommended calories for a woman and over one-third of the calories for a man. So enjoy a single fruity mixed drink but then select a lower calorie drink such as a glass of wine. And be sure to include plenty of water to remain hydrated. Not only is water important for hydration and fending off a major handover from the combination of alcohol and the hot sun, but it will also help you to avoid overeating. A glass of water with a meal is a smart way to help with portion control as it will help you to feel full more quickly.
No one wants to count calories when on a cruise vacation. But making a few smart choices about what you eat and drink while on your vacation can help you to avoid unwanted weight gain and the worry of a strict diet when you return home. Enjoy small portions of the amazing food onboard and never worry about unwanted extra pounds.