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Travel Makes You Thinner!

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Travel makes you wise, we all know that, and wisdom makes you sexier and cooler, but on a totally shallow level, travel also makes you thinner, or it can. It works for me.

Travel makes you thinner

You may have noticed that we love our food here at World Travel Family, it’s a big part of travel for us. I’m married to a chef after all.

We’ve loved our Indian food in Malaysia, our huge Laos breakfasts and our gorgeous Thai food on Ko Phangan.

I make no apologies for the fact I want to be thinner, healthy thinner, not sick thinner.

A slender friend ( that’s you Kym!) has chastised me for being a fan of thin, I sympathise with those who’d like to gain weight, but that’s never been my problem.

I’ve always struggled to keep my weight in check. I love my food and wine rather too much, I’ve struggled to keep my weight down with lots of running  and a fair bit of starvation.

Silly, self obsessed girly that I am.

In the build up to this trip I piled on the weight, I was over 70Kg, 11 stone ish, the heaviest I’ve ever been.

I knew what was causing it, sitting at a computer all day. It’s a great way to become unhealthy. That and getting older.

The extra weight made me miserable, uncomfortable and hot. I knew that once we hit the road it would melt away, so I didn’t stress too much.

I worked out years ago that travel makes me thinner. Not just adventurous, outdoor-activity-climbing-up-mountains travel. I did a lot of that,  any sort of travel seems to have  the same effect .

( I have never been on a cruise or any sort of all-inclusive holiday, that just wouldn’t work!)

Only 6 weeks into our trip my trousers were falling down and the “thin-clothes”  I’d brought with me fitted perfectly.

I weighed myself on luggage scales in Bangkok , 62Kg. 8 to 10Kg had melted away in under 2 months. Not bad!

Here are my 10 reasons travel makes me thinner. Not just thinner, healthier, that’s got to be good.

I’m eating less processed food, less sugar, less wheat and my caffeine levels are way lower.

The meals we are enjoying in S. E. Asia are delicious, lighter, healthier and packed with vegetables.

No fish and chips and pizza these days. I feel great and, dare I say it, younger.

10 Reasons Travel Makes me Thinner and Healthier

  • 1. When I wake up at 2am, or 6am, or any am before 8, there is nothing to eat. My tummy may be growling but there is nothing in the fridge other than water. The restaurant opens at 8, I have to wait ’till breakfast. Same goes for those of you who suffer from late-night munchies. Unless you want a walk in the dark, you’re stuffed.
  • 2. Eating in restaurants 3 times a day means portion control is taken care of for me. I get what I pay for and it’s usually enough (I don’t think this would work in the US!). I can’t polish off what’s still left in the pan, no willpower required.
  • 3. Meals are events when they’re eaten in a restaurant. They take time and I really enjoy my food. I can’t wolf down a nondescript sandwich standing up. I get to sit down and enjoy a bowl of Tom Yum and a beer. Meals are something to look forward to and I feel like I’ve eaten.
  • 4. No snacking between meals. No fridge full of goodies to tempt me. If I want extra food I have to go buy something, I usually don’t want it badly enough to search for it or pay for it.
  • 5. Our budget holds me back. We eat enough and we eat well, but I’m not going to waste money on food we don’t need.
  • 6. A mid-morning coffee with a chocolate muffin doesn’t happen any more. Not having a kettle is a blessing in disguise. I have 2 coffees with a very leisurely breakfast. That’s my caffeine for the day. ( When we are near a Starbucks we break this rule, and it’s SO good!). Fizzy drinks aren’t nearly as delicious as fresh fruit shakes, another healthy bonus.
  • 7. Sometimes I skip meals, if I feel like it. I know it’s good for our budget so if I don’t feel like eating when we need to feed the kids, I don’t.
  • 8. Spending so much time sitting in restaurants shrinks our mornings and afternoons. It’s very easy to fill that between meal time with work, swimming, exploring or whatever else we’re doing. No time to get bored and look for snacks.
  • 9. Physical activity levels are maybe higher. I can easily spend all day in the water here on Ko Phangan, not swimming, just leisurely playing and snorkelling. In cities we walk a lot, we have no car, that makes a huge difference. I regularly end up giving a child a piggy back if they’re tired. Pushing a child on a beach swing for hours must be doing something, too. Sometimes I carry around 20Kg of bags, I guess that’s a sort-of work out.
  • 10. On travelling days, those days spent on buses, trains and planes, food isn’t always available. I take snacks for the kids, hungry kids are grumpy kids, but I often don’t bother for myself. I’d rather have proper food than peanuts and milk drinks. So I wait.

I Always Lose Weight Traveling

So our travel diet does and always has, kept the pounds off me. I’ve always, without fail, lost weight while travelling.

Some countries make this difficult, the US is particularly different. In general, the more western diets with higher amounts of processed food are the hardest to stay slim in.

It’s not rocket science is it? Just those dietary rules that we all know and choose to avoid. Eat good food, don’t snack, control portions and only eat when you’re hungry. I feel so much better, my clothes are comfortable and I really do feel younger. It’s all good!

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Heidi Wagoner

Monday 30th of September 2013

I need to travel more like you Alyson! We are doing much slower travel, so with our own place we cook loads. Probably too many treats too.


Sunday 29th of September 2013

I agree that travel can make you healthier simply because you tend to be much more active but food-wise I think I found it easier to eat healthily back home. In New Zealand and Australia where we were still cooking for ourselves we managed to eat quite similarly to how we would in the UK but once we hit Indonesia we went off the rails. We were travelling fast and found much of the local food difficult to stomach as it was greasy, meaty and sugary (I'm a fussy eater too which doesn't help), so we ended up missing meals or snacking on rubbish instead. It was incredibly unhealthy and Andrew, who loses weight quickly, began to look ill and gaunt. A few months later we're still trying to get a balance and figure out ways to eat healthily in Asia - it's harder work than I thought it would be when we were planning this trip.


Friday 27th of September 2013

I agree! At least in Southeast Asia since I put on 10kg in America! I'm in rural Cambodia at the moment and have a 7km cycle to the local school to teach English which is way more exercise than I would do at home, especially considering I had a desk job and worked next to numerous cafes and fish and chip shops! It's also way too hot during the day to even contemplate lunch, and I've just had food poisoning so my stomach has definitely shrunk! Hope it stays that way!


Saturday 28th of September 2013

I'm extremely envious of you Stacey! Teaching in Cambodia must be so rewarding, I get a buzz out of educating my own kids but when I was younger I would have loved to do something like that. When I lived in London and used to cycle or walk along the Thames every day to work, the weight stayed off easily. It was Australia that piled it on for me, jumping in a car every time I needed to go anywhere, along with a terrible diet.

Amy @WorldschoolAdventures

Thursday 26th of September 2013

I lost fifteen pound last winter when we were in Asia. I didn't try to lose it, it just melted off of me!

Ingi (@ingidefygravity)

Thursday 26th of September 2013

I agree, Alyson. Believe it or not - after working so hard at home to get down to 70kg (I was nearly 80!!!), when we went on our cruise, I thought "uh oh". But even with all you can eat buffets and 24/7 room service, I didn't put on any weight for a month of being away from home.

I think the lack of processed food, yummy local options, and LOTS of walking did the trick. It's just living healthy. What a pity I can't say I've done the same since we came home...

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