1. Make use of the gym
(and/or of the classes offered in the fitness centre). Don’t let the fact that you “don’t normally go to a gym” stop you from fitting in a workout. You most likely don’t normally have a wide variety of waffles, pancakes, bacon, pastries, pasta dishes, desserts and so on at your disposal so you should counter balance the two.
2. Don’t go crazy with the food.
It’s great that there are heaps of foods available at the buffets but that doesn’t mean that you need to try every single thing every single meal and you don’t need to pile your plate high with food every time. There are plenty of healthy options available. Have a look at the salad bar; there is a wide variety of salads, veggies, dressings and so on there and best of all it’s all fresh and delicious. Start with salad and then move on to the other foods.
Because I was so conscious of what I ate on my cruise I also became conscious of what the people around me were eating. Some had plates piled high with waffles, pancakes, bacon and maple syrup every single morning. Some had a large amount of French fries and hamburgers for lunch. Eating like that every day is almost always going to result in weight gain so it is important to balance your meals. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have French fries tt all; just eat them in moderation and ensure that you’re eating some micronutrient dense food (like fruit and veggies) too.
3. Don’t be afraid of doing things that look strange
For example, using a paper towel to take the excess fat off meat and sausages offered at the buffet. I didn’t do this but in hindsight I would definitely have brought some paper towel with me (as the restaurants only provide napkins). Cruise food is heavily cooked in oil and you’d be doing yourself a favour to pat it down so that it’s not completely saturated when you eat it. You’ll save a few calories that way too.
4. Stay active!
I’ve already talked about using the gym but try and stay active for the rest of the day too. Use the stairs instead of the elevator; you’ll be surprised how many calories you can burn and how puffed you may be when you get to where you need to go. Stay active when you reach your destinations too. As my cruise was a summer cruise to the Pacific Islands I was able to snorkel and swim on every island. I also walked to many locations and went on a few bushwalks. Bicycles were available for hire on almost every island too and, although I didn’t hire one, I would have done so instead of hiring, for example, an ATV or going on a bus ride to my destination.
5. Stay hydrated.
It’s easy to forget to drink water on a cruise so keep a full bottle of water with you at all times, on or off the islands.
6. Go easy on the alcohol.
On a cruise you are constantly being asked if you’d like a cocktail or drink and often these are filled with empty alcohol calories that can affect fat loss. This by all means doesn’t mean that you can’t drink at all – you’re on holidays after all! Just be aware of how much you are drinking and know about the effects of alcohol on fat loss.