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First time on a Cruise: Need Advice!

I'm going on my first cruise in 3 weeks. I know they have a spa that I plan on using daily, but I hear the food is constantly available. Any hints on not gaining any more than 5 pounds? I can live with 5, but prefer not to!

Thu. Oct 26, 1:40pm

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use a small plate and only refill it once. wear a bathing suit to eat lunch. do not go to eat by yourself. follow the same rules you follow when not on the high sea and avoid the desserts. you will have to walk everywhere, but also try to take stairs when possible. try to schedule in small meals / big snacks when the dining room is relatively full, that way the food will be fresher (from having to replenish). you can also bring your own healthy snacks and avoid the dining room altogether for one of your daily snacks.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 1:46 PM

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How long is your cruise? If you are only going to be on the cruise for up to 7 days, you can probably eat what you want (say 2000 to 2500 calories per day) and enjoy the cruise. Just plan to go on a 1200 calorie per day diet for 7 days when you return. In my experience, weight gained quickly will come off quickly. It's the 1-2 pounds per month gained year after year that takes so long to remove.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 1:56 PM

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I have one rule when I go on vacation, and have never gained weight when I go, and I go at least 2 weeks per year. My rule is that I only eat what I cannot get at home. I went on a cruise a few years ago, during December, and the fresh fruit, and fresh veggies that were availabe was amazing. Eat the exotic meals, and leave the others. I live by this rule, and I think everyone else should.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 3:40 PM

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Yeah. I gaind like 15 pounds because I ate and ate and ate when I went on a two week cruise. Kinda like an all-you-can-eat buffet. I have since learned that "just because it is all you can eat doesn't mean you should eat all you can."

Stick with lean choices, veggies and fruits. Put a limit on the breads and pastries and desserts.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 4:22 PM

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non-diet cruise advice

buy the little things that you might forget BEFORE you get on the ship (nausea medication, camera film, sunscreen, aloe vera, etc.) because they mark-up the price dramatically once you're trapped with them. especially the nausea medication! even if you never get motion sickness, you may get some choppy waters at sea which test you!

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 6:55 PM

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