Sure-Fire Ways to Lose Weight on a Cruise. We Swear
Your cruise shouldn’t be an all-you-can-eat free-for-all. (Photo: Thinkstock)
It’s commonly accepted that if you go on a cruise on vacation, you will gain weight. In fact, most of the advice readers gave me before I set sail for my first cruise last week was food-related:
“Stop eating now!” “Buy larger pants for when you get home.” “Get ready to pig out!!!!” They weren’t kidding.
A poll conducted by the Daily Mail found that cruisers typically gain a pound a day during a two-week cruise vacation.
Liviu Boiana, the fitness director in Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Summit Canyon Ranch fitness center, says that a lot of his passengers think they can leave their fitness and health routines back at home along with their puffy down jackets.
“When people are cruising, they often think they can forget about all this because it is a holiday. They shouldn’t,” said Boiana, who does a half marathon and a triathlon when he goes on his own vacations.
How much cake would you eat if you were at home? You wouldn’t try all of these cakes, would you? (Photo: Jo Piazza)
With limitless food options in the buffet, why wouldn’t you have nine slices of cake in a day or a gallon of ice cream? The better question is, why would you? A cruise vacation doesn’t mean that all diet bets are off, and you shouldn’t hate yourself or your body when you get home from a lovely holiday.
There’s one surefire way to make sure you don’t overindulge on a cruise — bring a scale. That was the advice that Jenn Seracuse, trainer and the director of Pilates at FLEX Studios NYC, gave me before I left.
“When on a cruise, your ability to move and be active is seriously limited, so keeping your eating in check is crucial. That’s easier said than done, of course! Packing a lightweight scale is a great way to check in with yourself each day and promote accountability,” Syracuse said. “Even if you don’t ‘weigh in’ each day, just knowing that the scale is waiting for you back in your room can help you make better nutritional choices throughout the day.”
You don’t have to gain weight on a cruise. In fact, you might even be able to lose some.
I packed my scale and followed some of the tips from Boiana, Syracuse, and nutritionists Lauren Slayton and Kristin Kirkpatrick, and I swear to you, I lost two pounds on my four days of cruising.