The best thing we found to eat normally and not over eat. We didn't diet but just ate sensibility and ate our normal diet . On our 22 day cruise we gained about 2 lbs on the ship and 6 lbs on shore in the restaurants.
SS Ithaca , Volendam , Mariner of the Seas (x2) , Veendam , Coral Princess , Island Princess (x3) , Emerald ,Sapphire (x3)
1. Diet before you go. Much easier than trying to diet after being spoiled on the cruise.
2. Build as much exercise as you can into your days. If possible, use stairs on the ship, and walk at a good pace. Lets you pack more fun in if you get to things faster!
3. Choose fish and veggies whenever you can at meals. Got my DH hooked on fish thanks to cruising.
4. Eat a protein loaded breakfast, very light lunch. Not good advice in general, but those cruise dinners are too good to miss, so I prefer to
"save up" for dinner. Skip late night buffets. Yes, even the chocolate one!
That's my approach, anyway, except for the stairs, which I can't do anymore. I have health and increasing weight issues.
Cut yourself some slack. It is a vacation!
Actually visit the fitness center. You don't have to be "hard body" to use a treadmill or elliptical. Fifteen or twenty minutes at 2.5 or 3 mph will do a world of good and the view is usually one of the best on the ship. Just make sure you don't have any medical issues that stop you from doing this.
Use the stairs when you can, even if it's just going "down".
Sit as far away from the buffet as you can. You'll be less likely to go back for seconds.
Scope out the buffet before you load up your plate, don't just dive in. Be selective.
If you REALLY want a second entrée see if someone will split it with you.
Also, remember: There is nothing wrong with not cleaning your plate. Your mom is not watching.
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