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Will Temporary Weight Gain Endanger My Health?

By    |   Friday, 18 Apr 2014 10:26 AM

Question: I'm going on a 10-day cruise this summer and have decided to go off my regular diet and just enjoy myself. Is there any danger if I gain a few pounds (or even 5 or 10?) on vacation, but then lose it once I'm back home? I'm about average weight for my height (my BMI is 25).

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Ten-day cruises can be fun, and overindulgence in food is the norm. This isn't a healthy experience, exactly, but you can make this trip a little more tolerable without having to lose five or 10 pounds at the end of it, if you make an effort to increase your exercise level while on board.
 
I speak now from experience and can vouch for the prevention advice you are about to read. It appears you are generally healthy and while not obese, you are not athletic by any means (sorry, but your BMI would need to be under 20 to be considered truly "in shape"). As you know, most cruise ships are massive and served by many banks of elevators throughout the ship. But if you use the stairs briskly and avoid using the elevators on your trip, you will probably build up some muscle, burn more calories, and be able to consume the extra calories without weight gain.
 
I found this to be the case when I worked as a cruise ship physician, and was able to burn off the extra calories from the delicious meals and deserts by this simple adjustment. If this is not an option, then you should hit the shipboard gym or head to the rooftop track for jogging to compensate for the extra calories you plan to consume.
 
You should try to avoid making your vacation an unhealthy trip. Weight loss is harder than working to maintain a healthy weight and yo-yo dieting is never a healthy option. If you have any diet-dependent disorders such as diabetes, be sure to consult your physician before your vacation. Remember that calorie intake/expenditure ratios need to match, so you should aim to burn as many calories as you consume.

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Temporary weight gain can stress the body, so it's better to increase your exercise level if you're consuming more calories.
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