Historically a time for ‘letting yourself go’, the average holiday means we pile on around half a stone (7 lbs) over a two weeks and even more on a cruise - which is around a pound a day.
But British holidaymakers are planning to be healthier while on holiday this year, according to a poll, and around half of respondents also said that they would be cutting back on the booze this year!
Perhaps the Olympics has inspired the nation to beat the holiday bulge.
The survey also found that 88% of people try to lose weight before they go on holiday – faced with the fear of having to get their bare bodies out on the beach.
Over-indulging on all-inclusive holidays, which have increased in number this year, was also sited as a reason that holiday waistlines had increasingly started to suffer.
Obsidian Retreat, which commissioned the research, said that some people were in fact putting themselves at risk by over indulging while on holiday, particularly those with underlying Diet-related conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease.
Owner Andrew West added, “Perhaps the Oympic-fever that’s sweeping the nation is spurring people on to have a healthier holiday this year.
“A healthy holiday doesn’t have to mean being beaten up at a boot camp or sweating it out on a hill climb, people can still relax, enjoy the health benefits of the sun’s rays but enjoy a holiday Diet that leaves them with more energy and looking good.”