All inclusive: 5 Dangerous Eating Mistakes at All Inclusive Resorts
Sugary drinks, large portions, and lots of animal protein. Nutritionist Alla Manaykina explains how, after months of preparation for summer vacation (a detailed weight loss plan for summer can be found here), you can not gain weight in an all-inclusive hotel, where your main threat is an endless buffet.
Mistake # 1: sugary drinks instead of water
Quench your thirst with regular drinking water instead of sodas, sugary juices and colorful Yuppie drinks, which are often offered for free in hotels. Due to the large amount of sugar and artificial sweeteners in their composition, you will want to drink even more. And why do you need so many useless extra calories? Choose only bottled water or warm green tea – it also helps out great in the heat (we wrote more about the hidden harm of popular drinks here).
Mistake # 2: a large versus a small plate
Choose a smaller plate and feel free to fill it to the brim! You will automatically fill a large plate with more food. Another tip from me: at a restaurant, drink a glass of water before meals – this will slightly reduce the feeling of hunger.
Mistake # 3: “I’ll try a little bit of everything.”
To get started, inspect the entire assortment of the buffet and only then decide which of the presented you really want to eat. There is no need to go with a plate from beginning to end of the table, guided by the principle “I will just try a little bit of everything.” So you will definitely overeat, and the digestive system will have to deal with everything you eat. For the same reason, I advise you to put activated charcoal or other similar drugs (pancreatin and its analogues) and a broad-spectrum antibiotic in the first-aid kit in case of poisoning.
Mistake # 4: fish, meat and poultry in one meal
At the “buffet”, the number of protein dishes is usually off scale: fish, meat, poultry. The combination of different animal proteins during one meal provokes heaviness in the stomach and poor health (you can learn more about proteins here). To avoid this, stick to one dish.
Better yet, start your meal with fresh vegetables or salad. The stomach will be filled with fiber, which will aid digestion and give you a feeling of fullness. Only after that, proceed to appetizers and hot dishes.
Mistake # 5: a free cocktail instead of a glass of good dry wine
Firstly, all cocktails are very high in calories. And secondly, those who overdo it with sweet alcohol, overeating is guaranteed!
Opt for a glass of good dry wine with dinner instead of the sweet, high-calorie Mojito and Cosmopolitan. Also, eat slowly, chewing each bite thoroughly. Then the body will receive a signal of fullness on time, and not when you have already significantly overeat. At this point, set aside the cutlery instead of stringing it piece by piece onto the fork without having time to chew them properly. For dinner, I advise you to skip fruit, pastries and desserts.