Brits bring back excess weight, not just luggage, from indulgent summer breaks with a staggering 90% piling on up to 9lbs in just ONE week
15:16 GMT, 31 August 2012
As summer is drawing to a close, many British travellers are returning from far-flung jaunts abroad.
But luggage, souvenirs and a sun-kissed glow isn't all they are bringing back.
The latest survey revealed that the average British tourist puts on up to 9lbs in just one week whilst indulging on their summer break.
Brits are returning from holiday with excess weight, and not in the luggage department
All the gym sessions crammed in before a holiday to get bikini fit are undone almost as soon as travellers board the plane as it takes more than a month to lose the excess holiday weight once back, if at all.
69 per cent of Britons admitted to putting on 1-5lbs during a holiday, 21 per cent admitted to putting on 5-9lbs and a shocking 5 per cent said they had gained more than a stone in just one week’s break.
With almost half of us treating ourselves to three holiday’s per year, this could result in many people yo-yo dieting and never losing the excess weight that they put on – with some putting on at least two stone in a year.
Out of those surveyed by weight management company LighterLife, 58 per cent revealed that they overindulge with calorie laden dinners, with 55 per cent stating that they eat out most nights, and 71 per cent admitting that they consume alcohol every day of their holiday.
A staggering 90% of Brits admit to putting on weight while they are abroad
When asked the reason for the excessive behaviour, 86 per cent said it was due to using their holiday as an excuse to overindulge and 14 per cent revealed that they pay in advance for all inclusive deals so want to get their monies worth.
TV’s Doctor Hilary Jones said: 'These statistics are not surprising and we see this often with yo-yo dieters kick starting their summer holiday by not eating properly to get into their bikinis, and then returning to their old eating habits when they get on holiday – coming home with more weight than they started with.
'Everyone knows that maintaining weight loss is one of the hardest things to manage following a diet, and the only way you can maintain weight loss is to learn new habits and change your relationship with food. You cannot go through life constantly dieting.
'It’s interesting that people use holidays as an excuse to overindulge because food and drink is readily available.
'Holiday-makers need to change their mindset and see their break as a time to relax and enjoy themselves – but not ruin their waistline and health in the process.'