What I’m prepared to share with you isn’t really news news; but I do have some specifics that validate the sad truth. But keep your double chin up; there is good news too.
Some travel destinations have been shown to be real diet disasters; sad but true.
Actually, I don’t even have to leave the house to pack on the pounds; travel just ups the ante/pounds.
It doesn’t help that Jimmy and I currently have four more people living with us, all of whom like to eat nonstop. Okay, two are growing kids: our three-year-old grandson, Grant;
Jennifer’s favorite place to shop is Costco. I swear; we have more food in the house than the convenience store on the corner. It doesn’t help I eat when I’m stressed either, and let me tell you, living with this much family under the same roof for four months and counting can be stressful. I'm really, really looking forward to the upcoming holidays though, if I must say so. And I must!
Jimmy and I need to get away from all this food/stress; we need to travel some place where we have a better chance of losing weight.
I bet you thought I’d never get to the point of today’s blog. I was beginning to wonder and worry a bit myself, but we have arrived. Besides, the extra exercise is good for both of us, even if we’re talking brain cells rather than calories. It's all part of the same big picture.
Here it is! The good news – travel to Canada, Ireland or Germany and you’ll actually lose weight!
OMG! Jimmy and I leave a week from today for Munich, Germany for a 10-day river cruise on the Danube. How lucky is that!?
Don’t worry. I’ll keep you abreast of every reduced-calorie detail while I’m away, unless there’s no Wi-Fi on the riverboat. Not to worry. We’ve got bigger fish to fry at the moment. Well, maybe we should be grilling the fish.
Anyhoo, the UK-based travel company Fly Thomas Cook surveyed 350 Brits earlier this year and found a correlation between weight gain and travel destination. Well, actually the Brits were all on holiday, and here in the U.S. a holiday is often associated with eating, particularly Thanksgiving, with Christmas running a close second. I’m hoping we’re not really talking holiday holiday or there’s no way any holiday destination for U.S. citizens is going to be even remotely associated with weight loss.
So, let’s move on and pray I’m not talking turkey.
Turkey, by the way, was #2 on the list when it came to weight gain (3 pounds), right behind the number one country for weight gain, Cyprus (3.3 pounds). Seems that Mediterranean Diet might not live up to all the hype after all.
The average amount of time spent at respective destinations was 10 days, with guys (5.5 lbs) surprisingly packing on more pounds than the women (1.5 lbs). Ten is my lucky number, by the way; 10 days on the Danube! The Venn diagram below says it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly.