How not to gain weight on a cruise: apps and weight loss

By Daniel Chubb - Jun 16, 2011

Those of our readers that have been on a cruise ship before will know that learning how not to gain weight on a cruise is more complicated than it first looks, and this is made harder by the amount of free food on offer. Having been on a few cruises and with 3 booked up for 2011 and 2012, we have a few tips for you.

We’re Product Reviews after all, so lets point you in the direction of a few apps we found handy to help you while cruising. Time is something on your side when at sea, so reading and using apps is something that can be done with ease, which makes iOS and Android apps perfect for when on a cruise ship.

Apps will help you educate yourself on what food to eat, yes the steak and pork looks nice but there are other tasty options on offer that can stop you putting on weight, and could help you lose weight while on a cruise. Fish, greens and fruit are something we love and the variety on a cruise is amazing.

One app we found that helps you analyze your own food choices and diet is called “Healthy Foods – Calories and Nutritions”, and another more insightful app called “Health Solutions Nutrition” answers a lot about the foods and how they affect your body. Both of these apps are found on Apple’s App Store.

There are thousands of apps for iOS alone, so forget magazines and think applications that both teach you and monitor how your health and fitness are. This doesn’t need to rule your holiday, but will help you monitor and learn what to eat.

My first cruise saw a weight gain of over one stone in 2-weeks, but with a little education the second cruise saw a gain of just one pound, and that was with a lot of eating, although these were healthier foods.

Technology is not a miracle worker; think of apps as educators. There are other small things you can do on a cruise like use steam rooms and the gym just for an hour a day, and if that’s too much then think about using the stairs rather than lifts if your in ok health as this alone can help you lose weight.

Waiters will be at your side all through your cruise, and its not the cost of the drinks that could hurt you most, rather the calories in some drinks can top 500. Educate yourself on the calories in food and also drinks, one app called “QuickkaCalories” will monitor the food intake but there are also apps for drinks.

Learning how to keep the weight down on a cruise will not be easy, but do enough of the right things, have fun, and you will come home feeling relaxed and maybe lighter.

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