We all know that it’s one thing to lose weight when we’re at home and can control everything that happens. However, it’s quite another to keep weight management in mind when we are traveling and on vacation. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Take the Time to Research the Foods

Are you headed to Jamaica? Do you want to sample the jerk chicken, for example? The tasty chicken can be as much as 350 to 400 calories. Plan to take a trip to Mexico? Do you love burritos? You can reach up to almost 500 calories with the delicious dish. The point is, wherever you plan to visit, if weight management is on your mind, research the foods of the area you are going beforehand and make your choices Keep a food log to help with the process.

Pack Some Healthy Snacks

One good tip is to pack healthy snacks in your luggage. Packages of almonds, trail mix, beef jerky and other low-fat snacks can help to avoid the craving to stuff yourself with high-fat foods found on vacation. It’s okay to treat yourself, but to maintain your weight, you’ll need to be disciplined.

Give Yourself a Cheat Day

Yes, it’s okay to treat yourself, especially on vacation, but you don’t want to do it every day. So choose the day that you will treat yourself and try all of the local foods without guilt. This is the day for you to test those dishes that have caught your eye but that you know are high in calories or to have those drinks that you see are high-fat. Keep in mind that because you’ve been watching your weight, your body may feel a bit uncomfortable after treating yourself. After all, weight management involves cleansing and feeling good. But a temporary awkward feeling after treating yourself will go away.

Walk as Often as Possible

Walking on vacation is one of the best ways to maintain your weight. So before you travel, make a plan to walk every day. For example, walking after a meal is an excellent thing to do, such as walking after breakfast before the daily activities start.

It can be difficult but certainly not impossible to keep from gaining weight while your traveling and on vacation. Be sure to incorporate these tips into your travel plans, and you’ll have an easier time at it.