Lost 2 lbs over 10 days in Italy.
Doesn't make much sense to me.
Charissa wrote:Just a random question for all you fellow travelers, specifically the RTWers:
Do you find you gain weight on long trips, or lose weight???? O_o
I lost around 20 pounds in Costa Rica...in two weeks. And I wasn't exactly fasting, either. However, I did suffer from severe sunburn mid-trip. I gained it back and more pretty quickly upon coming home.
Lost around 30 pounds in Morocco and Spain in 2008, in less than a month's time...went from about 235 to 205. People were amazed and could barely recognize me. I went from "fat" to "somewhat chubby" on that trip. Never really gained it back...
Not really a "vacation", but during a research internship in Florida in 2009 I lost a good amount of weight, to the point where 36 rather than 38 inch waist jeans were my preferred size. I still maintain about the weight when I came back from Florida, although a chronic illness was discovered a short time later (not related to any previous weight loss), which has kept the weight off.
Usually I keep the same weight but get fitter. I haven't had to buy new clothes in either directin when I travel, usually. One exception might be the month in Taman Negara where I lived on fried noodles malaysian style. Wow! sugar syrup of some kind, beef, chile peppers, all kinds of spices and vegetables all fried up probably in palm oil. Darn good, and fattening if I sat around all day, like I did.
Being older, I have to do some serious exercise to drop weight nowadays, because my metabolism slows down rapidly when my food intake falls.
For both of us it was a matter of exercising more (we routinely walked at least 10km/6miles a day) and eating less. No seconds, very little snacking.
Hubby kept cycling to work each day when we returned home, but still put back what he'd lost. I did very little exercise and piled it all back on in under a year, but once I woke up to that I started exercising religiously again, making it a real priority, even if it meant saying NO to doing other stuff and I'm losing again. I intend to be back at my return-from-trip-weight at the end of the year!
Since '07, I've become Veg and I've been one for almost 2 years now. Lost 15 pounds about 4 months into the Veg and maintained that until about May where I lost 20 after a breakup. Then I went to Hawaii where I WWOOFed and so I stayed in a cabin on the farm where we had pantries of tea, grains, legumes, pastas, herbs & spices, nuts and seeds, nut butters, milks... it was just fully loaded. We even got free-range organic eggs to eat from the chickens on the farm as well as the produce from the garden all for 5 hours of work, 5 days a week.
My diet consisted mainly of a banana or two in the morning with cereal, or an egg scramble with a bunch of greens. I usually had two lunches and then dinner was usually a yes or no decision based on how I felt after the late second lunch. All I drank was water except when I ate out, I had a root beer or two. Eating out didn't happen too often except for a few Thai places or a cafe.
That whole trip was actually weird. At first I thought I was gaining weight. My metabolism was really slow and I didn't use the bathroom for almost a week upon landing. My pants felt like they were getting tighter and I felt like I had a gut, but by the end of the trip I realized that I was just bloated the whole time. When we got to Kauai, after the WWOOF adventure, my diet shifted instantly to eating almost nothing. I was broke by that point since it was the end of the week and going shopping was infrequent since we were so far from town without a car.
My girlfriend at the time was obsessed with the fact that she might actually be gaining weight and started running and hiking more often as the trip progressed. We rode bike often in Kauai and we hiked, walked, and ran a lot. Not to mention all the swimming and sweating we did while we were there. By the time I got home, everyone said I looked thinner. When I weighed myself, I think I actually lost 5lbs. Been maintaining that since. Now I'm just trying to get fit with Yoga and my Vibram Five Fingers. HA!
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