ItaVero
Contributor Level: Captain

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.


Tags: gluten free meals Gym weight gain

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glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Good luck!

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

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.

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

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

JCOAKML
Contributor Level: Captain

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.

TERRI1962
Contributor Level: Captain

Hope you have a blast..

JCOAKML
Contributor Level: Captain

 

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

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

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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