The Easiest Way to Not Gain Weight on Vacation

If you’re shaping up for a warm-weather vacation| don’t undo all your hard work once you get there with an overindulgent week. The next time you take a break| use these tips from Barry’s Bootcamp instructor Courtney Paul| who knows a thing or two about staying fit on vacation ¡ª he’s hosting a fitness retreat at the West Bay Club in Turks and Caicos in May. Even if you’re not willing to commit to a full-on fitness routine during your holidays| here’s how Courtney says you can enjoy your vacation while beating weight gain and feeling your best| no matter how much resting and relaxing you do.

    Stick to lean protein and vegetables: No matter where you travel| you’re bound to find fresh and healthy high-protein| high-fiber options to fill your plate. “Try to avoid sugar| processed foods| and simple carbs|” Courtney says.Fit in a short workout: Start your day with 15-30 minutes of circuit training| Courtney recommends. It only takes a few minutes of your time| and you’ll feel better the rest of the day. You don’t even need to know what to do ¡ª do a quick YouTube search or check out all of our 10-minute Class FitSugar workout videos to put together the perfect vacation workout for you. The important point is to make sure you stick to a muscle-building routine even when you’re taking a much-needed break from your regular schedule. “Strength training is key for maintaining lean muscle mass|” Courtney says (which translates to more calories burned while you’re lying on the beach!).Sip smart: If you’re trying to save empty calories during a night out| try Courtney’s low-calorie recipe: “Vodka or tequila with seltzer and a splash of fruit juice are best|” he says.

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