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Keeping your diet while in Sin City can be a definite challenge. The
city surrounds you with temptations such as 24-hour restaurants, dozens
of buffets, rich super-size portions, and even round the clock alcoholic
drinks. Below are some tips to help you stay on your diet while still
having a good time on your Vegas vacation.
Buffet Diet Tips
It may be tempting to "go big" at Vegas buffets, but if you are on a
weight loss program, you don’t have to undo all your hard work in one
meal. After all, a buffet meal is just like any other meal. So approach
it like one. Here are some quick tips you should bring to the buffet:
- Go for the salad and vegetables first. Load your tummy with rich
nutrients that are filling and lower in calories. Soup is a delicious
option that will also help fill you up. You can later eat anything else
you like in moderation. Filling up on these healthy low-cal choices will
help you control the portion sizes while still feeling satisfied.
- Stay hydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water, tea or other
healthy low calorie beverages. Many times we eat thinking we are hungry
when in actuality it is more that we are thirsty and our brain just
misinterprets the signal.
- Be a Picky Eater. "Window shop" your buffet line-up first, then pick
the items you must have, but only take smaller portions. Try taking a
sample size first of an item you are not sure about. There is no point
in eating a lot of calories when it is an item you may not even really
like that much in the first place. In most cases you may not feel it is
worth loading up on after you try it. By taking smaller portions on each
trip to the buffet line, you will eat more slowly, which gives more time
for your brain to know when your stomach is full. The extra walking can
also burn up a few calories.
- Enough is enough. Try not to put everything on your plate, and just
because you put in on your plate doesn’t mean you have to finish it all.
Just walk away when you have had enough.
- Go easy on the desserts. Desserts have some of the highest calories
per bite, so you need to be extra careful on portion size and how many
you eat. Consider some fresh fruit as your main dessert and select only
a few sweets you feel are musts for you.
Vegas has some of the best restaurants in the world and you are
likely to eat out for all your meals during your trip. This creates a
unique situation that can easily sabotage your diet. Common sense when
ordering will help you stick to your diet. Avoid eating too much bread
and butter, or just ask the waiter not to bring it out if you don't have
the will power to control yourself. Avoid heavy dishes that have a lot
of cream and butter in them, or ask the waiter to make it light. Fried
foods should be eaten in moderation. Go for the healthier lighter
dishes, like salads and steamed vegetables, but go easy on the dressing
or have it on the side. Watch your portion size - a healthy amount is
about that of a deck of cards. Consider sharing a dish if it is large,
or just only eat a smaller portion and leave the rest. Consider ordering an appetizer with a salad instead of
a main course.
Watch the Alcohol
Mixed frozen drinks can be as much as 800 calories. Try to order
lower calorie options, like wine (110 calories average). Alcohol can
also lower your better judgment when it comes to selecting more healthy
Exercise and Working Out
If you want to work off the additional calories consumed at the
buffets, plan ahead to visit the fitness center in your hotel. They are
often free if you are staying at the hotel. When the weather is nice,
swimming is a great way to have fun and safely burn off all those extra
calories. One of the best ways to keep fit is by simply walking. The
entire Las Vegas strip is about 4 miles, so it is possible to walk it
and get to just about any place without a car. Vegas also has a great
monorail system in case you get too tired. Be sure to dress cool, wear
sunscreen, and drink plenty of water, or carry a water bottle with you,
especially in the warmer Spring and Summer months. If you are into
dancing, hitting the clubs and dancing the night away can burn an
incredible amount of calories (400-600 calories per hour) and you will
have fun doing it. Just taking the stairs instead of the elevator or
people movers can burn a lot calories. For example, a 150lb man would
burn about 1,050 calories per hour climbing stairs.
- Exercise in your hotel room
If you prefer the convenience of working out in your own hotel room, you
can just follow your own routine, such as jogging in place, jumping
jacks, personal stair steppers, workout
bands, pushups, crunches, etc. You can also bring your favorite exercise
videos and watch them in your room. Another good option is to exercise
using an online video service. Below are some great sites that provide
streaming fitness videos that you can perform right in your hotel room
with little or no equipment, assuming you have your laptop with you.
Workout Buddy X (www.workoutbuddyx.com):
Exercise videos include interval training, kickboxing, circuit training,
yoga, and many more. Three different intensities for each exercise make
it achievable while challenging for people of all fitness levels. Free
membership provides 30 minutes of working out per day.
Personalized workout plan, calorie tracker and fitness videos. Works on
any mobile devices too. Free Trial sign-up required.
Other services include WorkoutsForYou,