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Weight Loss Cruises

author image Felicia Greene
Based in North Carolina, Felicia Greene has written professionally since 1986. Greene edited sailing-related newsletters and designed marketing programs for the New Bern, N.C. "Sun Journal" and New Bern Habitat ReStore. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Baltimore.
Weight Loss Cruises
Weight loss cruises offer healthy and nutritious food choices. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Weight loss program participants can realistically maintain healthy eating habits while cruising on the high seas. Two types of weight loss cruises provide a structured environment conducive to your progress. Group weight loss cruises feature healthy food and activities for a pre-scheduled group, although the group does not occupy the entire ship. Large-scale weight loss cruises offer the attraction of a high-powered celebrity or in-demand activities, and they reserve all passenger cabins for weight loss cruisers.

Healthy Dining Choices

Your weight loss group receives shipboard dietary support from cruise group leaders and nutritionists who conduct nutrition and healthy living seminars. You enjoy a complete menu of meals prepared with attention to taste and nutritional value. The ship’s kitchen staff can accommodate special diet requests, such as a vegetarian or heart-healthy diet. Your nutrition specialists enjoy meals along with your group, which provides an opportunity for discussion about healthy meal choices.

Fitness and Exercise Activities

Shipboard fitness activities help you turbo-charge your weight loss program. Travel expert Peter Greenberg showcases a fitness travel company that in 2010 scheduled varied fitness-focused cruises. Common shipboard exercise offerings included aerobics, tai chi and yoga). Water aerobics, deck walks or runs, and specialty exercise programs are also available. Pedometer-enhanced shoreside walks help you keep moving while you enjoy your ports of call.

Advance Planning

Increase your chances of a successful weight loss cruise with careful pre-cruise planning. Contact a registered dietitian for help to establish personalized shipboard food guidelines that offer flexibility while you meet your dietary goals. Ask her to include a delicious daily snack so you do not feel deprived and then overindulge in foods with low nutritional value. Request a printed or online food planning template to help you track your food consumption.

Cruise Reservations

Make your weight loss cruise reservations directly through your weight loss group if possible. The group’s cruise coordinator may have already obtained favorable group passenger fares. Contact your travel agent if you plan to cruise alone, as she keeps apprised of new cruise offerings and itineraries. Fitness-focused travel companies may also be of assistance. Confirm special fares and weight loss-friendly meal plans if you book directly through the cruise line.

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