How Can You Approach Theme Parks?

One of my fondest memories of childhood was going to Coney Island in Brooklyn with my parents and brothers. Riding the (wooden) Cyclone roller coaster, going into the Haunted House with that scary Frankenstein model upfront, going to Nathans for a hot dog and knish…amazing fun!

Fast forward to 2019…LOTS of theme parks are present throughout the U.S. and I would bet that most/all of us have taken our kids to Disney in Florida, Hershey Park, Six Flags and others. Next week we are heading down to Busch Gardens Williamsburg with the children and grandchild…sure to be a very fun time.

Theme parks are not exactly a “Serotonin-Plus Dietary Plan”-friendly environment. Pretty much everywhere you turn, there are cotton candy stands, ice cream, fries, chicken fingers, pizza and many of the food/drink sources that are derailing to weight control efforts. With this time of year being the “Prime Time” for theme park trips, how can we approach attending these parks and not harm our efforts for weight control?

First, pick a hotel to stay at in the theme park area that offers that free breakfast. Load up on the eggs, sausage and bacon before going to the park. Lunchtime will become a challenge, but a few days or week before going to the park, check out the website for all of the restaurants available and peruse the menus. You will find some restaurants do offer higher protein/lower carb choices. Time your movement around the park to ensure that you are near an “SP-Friendly” eatery at lunchtime.

Try to limit your “snacking” of the high carb/high fat offerings as you walk around. A pretzel will be high carb/low fat and this will be a better choice than the funnel cake, with high carb/high fat. Drinks? Stick with the bottled water and do not succumb to the various high-caloric frozen drinks that abound. Make your way out of the park before dinner and if you are not headed home, target a restaurant that offers plenty of protein/vegetable choices.

At certain times during a long-term weight control journey there will be challenging environments, such as theme parks. Perhaps a goal is to limit the damage that is being done but there are ways to keep the positive results occurring.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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