Holidays help with health and diet

As Britain continues its battle to become a healthier nation, new
research will give regular holidaymakers a boost with data, backed
by Dr Gillian McKeith, concluding that a holiday abroad is good for your

Whilst it has long been known that a holiday rests the mind and spirit,
new research shows that a holiday offers even greater health benefits.
On holiday Britons sample new cuisines, eat healthier foods and become
more active. Research among Thomas Cook holidaymakers this summer
reveals that the British are actually returning from holidays healthier
than when they went.  In response to the findings, Dr Gillian McKeith
has issued a series of top tips for holiday health.


The research confirms that most British holidaymakers have moved on from
the days of lager and chips in the sun, with 87 per cent of respondents
saying they enjoy trying and eating local foods or delicacies of the
country they are visiting. More importantly, they are also returning
home with more than just a suntan. Over 50 per cent introduce the new
foods and cooking methods they discovered whilst on holiday to their
regular routine back home. 



And, holidaymakers are not just changing what they eat and drink whilst
away - whether it’s a morning dip in the pool, an afternoon stroll or a
game of tennis, 65 per cent of holidaymakers say they are more active
whilst on holiday than when at home.


As part of current drives to improve the nation’s health, most Britons
are aware that they should eat more fresh produce and drink plenty of
water. The research showed that a holiday could be a great step in the
right direction. 36 per cent of holidaymakers increase their daily
intake of fruit and vegetables whilst abroad and 60 per cent keep
themselves more hydrated and refreshed by drinking more water.


When the holiday is over, nearly 40 per cent say they feel more
motivated to continue a fitness regime and have a more active and
healthier lifestyle in general. 


The research is supported by Channel 4 ‘You Are What You Eat’ host, Dr
Gillian McKeith, who said: “If you’ve come back from holiday feeling
relaxed, rested and a few pounds lighter, try to think about the reasons
why. As well as getting lots of sleep and sunshine you were probably
much more active on holiday than you normally are.  And you may have
eaten more fresh, unprocessed foods without even realising it. Don’t go
back to your old habits; keep the holiday feeling alive.”


Bronwen Griffiths, Thomas Cook spokesperson, said: “The British have
moved on from the stereotype of overindulging on holiday. Instead of
coming home a stone heavier from drinking too much and eating fatty
foods, we are returning glowing with health and positivity. For anyone
wanting to change their eating and exercise habits at any time of the
year, it would seem that a holiday is a great place to start.”