Cruising - When You Pay In Pounds

It’s a running joke among my non-cruising chums that I lose ten pounds before a cruise and still come back ten pounds heavier. I used to laugh louder than I do now (those pounds are getting harder to shed). The buffets seem less attractive than they did a few years ago, and are easier to say “no” to – and the ships I’ve been sailing lately have done away with the midnight buffets. But still…

We ran into a great couple on our last cruise that seems to have figured it out. They'd workout in the gym every morning – and order strictly gluten-free meals. The table steward presented them with a special menu every night (for the next day’s meal selections) and “surprised” them with a “legal” dessert every evening. They enjoyed the excitement and didn’t seem to miss the carbs. We’re going to try that next trip.

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7 Answers

Good luck!

When I started cruising I was in my 30's and could and would eat everything I saw (think 2 dinners and pie and cake and ice cream and I would still eat at the midnight buffet) Back then I never gained an ounce and it would piss off the older folks at out MDR table that I could eat so much and not gain.

Well over 20 years later, I now use the Gym, stairs and self restraint to control putting on the pounds on a cruise. On my last cruise I broke diet for the week and put on 3 pounds. I will see how well I do on my next cruise, in the last year I changed my diet, joined a gym and dropped about 20 pounds. Now lets see if I can not gain much on this next cruise. Big Smile

It used to be said the average adult gains about 1 to 2 pounds a day on a cruise....But then the MDR food was better, service was better and we still have the midnight buffet not just pizza or sandwich for late night.

I generally lose a couple of pounds on the cruise AFTER I get rid of the cankles and puffiness that always follow me on my cruises. I think I end up losing because I am much more active than usual. I have a job which is 90% online, so I'm a big old fluffy couch potato most of the time Big Smile

I plan on eating well on my cruise this coming Saturday. When I say eat well I mean eat a lot! I'll be hitting the gym and stairs as well as getting my 15,000+ steps in so shouldn't be too much fatter upon my return. I've been working my a-- off this last two months and think I've earned a totally relaxed vacation.

Hope you have a blast..

Thanks! Hope your cruise in 191 days is a blast as well!

We usually stay about the same. We use the stairs and try to walk 3 miles per day on a cruise. i eat more desserts and the DH drinks a bit more (he's not driving). So we need a bit more activity than when we are home. The DH is the mater of "push-aways" so he rarely gains, I on the other hand tend to add a pound or two per cruise... but I have to fit into that corset... so I try to get rid of it quickly.


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