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Avoiding weight gain on your cruise

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You know it, I know it, and the American people know it. The number 1 reason why people cruise is the food.

Sure, the ports of call, no cooking, no cleaning, no taking out the trash, but food ranks high up there when I cruise.

After I turned 50, I knew that my metabolism wasn’t the same as during my 20’s when I was in the Navy.

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When I was at sea in the Navy, I would barely get 4 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period, and that wasn’t 4 hours in a row! An hour here, two hours there!

Several years ago, I met fitness intructor Wendy Townsend on a Holland America cruise.

She told me that the average cruise passenger can gain 3 to 5 lbs a day on a cruise!

The key is to enjoy your food, but be sure to take the steps (avoid the elevator), walk around the ship for an hour after dinner, and limit those sugary drinks!

When my my wife and I cruise, we enjoy a big, hearty breakfast in the main dining room.

Then we spend 45 minute in the gym. 30 minutes on the treadmill and 15 minutes with weights.

After the gym I usually grab a Guy’s Burger on Carnival or a Dive In burger on Holland America Line.

Then I grab some ice cream.

Now its lunch time!

Marty and I will usually eat a salad, then I top it off with bread pudding on Holland America Line!

Now it’s 2 pm.

Time for some pizza on the Lido deck!

Next is dinner.

I usually order two main courses just to try them out!

Of course I order several of the desserts too!

Then after dinner, we walk around the ship for 45 minutes.

On both Holland America Line and on Carnival, Marty and I will usually order room service around 9 p.m., then off to sleep!

Be sure to stop by the gym on the first day of your cruise to weigh in, and keep moving!

The goal is to leave your cruise as a passenger, not as cargo!

 

 

 

 

About Scott Lara

Navy Veteran, Travel Agent, love to cruise!

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