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Don't Gain Weight on Vacation

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The food scenes in the movie "Eat, Pray, Love" are mouth-watering. Julia Roberts, playing author Elizabeth Gilbert, munches her way through Italy enjoying delicious meals.

But Julia didn't leave the eating to stunt doubles; she gained 10 pounds during the movie shoot, sometimes eating between eight and 10 slices of pizza a day.

Julia was in Italy for longer than most of us are on vacation (filming took four months), but it turns out that even a shorter trip can cause you to pack on the pounds.

One recent study followed more than 100 adults before and after they went on one-to-three-week vacations. They found that people gained an average of 2.2 pounds.

Interestingly, they also exercised more on vacation, leading researchers to conclude the weight gain came from eating more.

When you travel, you're outside your normal routine and food options are everywhere. Here are a few tips to keep the travel weight off this summer:

• Pack a cooler full of healthy snacks like low-fat yogurt, fruits and veggies, or nuts for time spent in the car, on the train, or at the beach. Staying full of the good stuff will keep energy up and digestion regular.

• Stay away from alcoholic drinks loaded with sugar. A 16-ounce pina colada has 450 calories from sugar by itself.

• Plan family excursions, like walking tours, which require physical activity.

• Get enough sleep. Being sleep deprived is linked to overeating. Adjust to your new time zone ASAP so you get your eight hours of sleep.

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