We’re not gonna be the vacation police and tell you not to eat carbs when you’re on vacation, or to hit the hotel gym at 6am before everyone else wakes up for the day. Like, vacation is vacation, not some Biggest Loser extreme bootcamp retreat (although I could probably fuck with one of those before bikini season). That being said, every Instagrammable vacay (and why would you go on a vacay if it wasn’t Instagrammable?) poses the same dilemma. On the one hand, calories don’t count when you’re on vacation. On the other hand, yes they do. They actually count double because you’re going to be taking pics, and if you have any respect for yourself at all, the majority of those pics will be on the beach in a bikini. So how do you both enjoy your vacation and come away with photos that actually represent all the pre-vacation bikni body work you put in? Don’t worry. We’ve got you. Here are our tips for how to have an amazing vacation without gaining 10 pounds in one weekend.
1. Start When You Get There
A huge mistake people make about indulging on vacation is that they start before they even get there. Having a glass of wine or two at the airport is fine (you can’t do a connecting flight sober), but don’t start your cheat week the night before or buy three packs of M&Ms for the flight. Try to be as healthy as you can during the few days before, and don’t start indulging until your trip actually starts. And never forget: airport food is the devil.
2. Don’t Order Drinks Like a 14-Year-Old
You’re obviously blacking out every night on vacation, but the trick is to black out in the most responsible way possible when it comes to calories. Alcohol has a ton of calories already, so stay away from any sugary, colorful drinks that your 14-year-old self would order. For example, vodka sodas and tequila shots are fine. Margaritas and some giant pineapple shit that is served with 10 straws and on fire is not. A difference in your drink order can save you hundreds of calories in one night.
(But low-key maybe you should order that pineapple thing at least once.)
3. Sharing Is Caring
If you’re going away with friends, take advantage of numbers by sharing food with them (also that way you won’t be getting fat alone). Like, we’re not gonna tell you not to order the sweet potato fries by the pool, but at least share them with the four people sitting with you. Also, at dinner, order something healthy for your main meal, but get unhealthy appetizers to split for the table. You’ll still be enjoying good food and you’ll end up being happier than you didn’t order the entire spicy tuna crispy rice appetizer for yourself.
4. Chill With The Breakfast Buffet
It’s pretty tempting to go HAM at the hotel’s breakfast buffet, but honestly, you’re better off saving your calories for later on in the day. If you’re ordering room service, go for an egg white omelet with some fruit or whole wheat toast. Breakfast food can actually be good without getting the most fattening things on the menu, so be smart about what you’re eating in the morning. Let’s be real. Mimosas are literally orange-flavored sugar in a glass, and bacon is the reason your jeans don’t fit. If you’re having trouble resisting the breakfast buffet, just take a moment to think about how many of the hotel weirdos woke up early AF and touched the food, or how many Ariana Grandes may have casually licked the donuts. Appetite solved.
5. Eat At Trendy Places
It’s just a fact that trendy restaurants serve amazing dishes in tiny portion sizes, so take advantage of that when choosing where to eat. Think somewhere like Nobu or Sugarfish over the all-you-can-eat Italian joint near your hotel. Anywhere with unlimited breadsticks is a hard no. You want to dine at one of those places that has the freshest ingredients and most expensive bill on the smallest plates known to mankind. You might not be Thanksgiving-level full after dinner, but have you ever taken a post-Thanksgiving dinner bikini pic? No. I don’t think so.
6. Choose Protein Over Carbs
When it comes to ordering at dinner, try to stick with dishes that are heavy in protein, not carbs. This isn’t some healthy message about how your bones need protein, but it’s just a fact that protein-heavy foods are healthier and probably taste just as good. You don’t need to order salad for every meal, but at least choose something less carb-filled. Choose the salmon over the chicken parm or the grilled chicken over the beef sliders. If you’re getting sushi, sashimi is your best friend. Also, stay away from anything fried unless you’re splitting it with the whole table or it’s like, some award-winning tempura dish.