(Image courtesy of Liezel Avila)
It was not really a concern for me losing weight before, because I know I can easily gain weight if I want to easily! I say easy because of unlimited access to food whenever we have a catering function. I don’t want to gain weight nor lose weight, I am not so conscious with weight issues so I don’t pay much attention to that until my trip is over.
Everyone says I need to eat more and that a wellness program attendant that approached me at the mall one time I was there for some groceries asked if I’m interested to join their program, and since it’s free I did it. The results says I am underweight. I didn’t care because I know I lost weight from travelling. Yet, my medical results applying for a job says I am 10 kilos underweight! What?! I thought.
I know I lost 5 kilos from the trip, but I didn’t know I am that underweight (10 kilos) for my ideal weight. I was advised to eat more and now I know I have to eat more seeing a recent photo of me from my friend’s album on Facebook!
Why Do We Lose Weight When Backpacking?
Why do we lose weight when backpacking? Well, there are several reasons why we do, and here are they…
- Being Active. Travelling means adventure to me now, it was not just an ordinary convenient packaged trip. Backpacking is an active way of living for how long the traveler can backpack which means doing some cool activities like surfing, rock climbing, trekking, swimming, diving, kayaking, spelunking, and the list will go on and on. Doing all these means exerting more effort and using more energy than you usually do and being in an unfamiliar place makes you more cautious of what you eat for your own safety.
- Food Cautious. It is normal to be cautious with whatever we eat specially if we are in an unfamiliar place. To make sure if food is clean or not, and even if it is, sometimes gut problems happen because one is not used to the way the food was prepared or simply the body can’t just adapt as quick as it can in one click. Sometimes it is because of the travelling itself, like I have to refrain from drinking liquids while in transit to avoid hassles of having to pee while on a public bus for a 14hour border crossing or eat from the food stop overs to avoid gut revolution on a long trip! (it wasn’t cool believe me, I have experienced that!).
- Budget. Sometimes backpackers stick to their budget and get the cheapest food to get by in some period of time until they found a budget refiller like part time jobs at the places they are travelling in.
Given the information above, it is at the equation of;
EFFORT > FOOD INTAKE = LOSE WEIGHT
Backpacking is a whole adventure itself, one would never miss an opportunity to try awesome things the nature has to offer. Being active and less body fuel means losing weight. Although, I met people on the way that gained weight while travelling. Still, most common is losing weight than gaining weight. Perhaps that is a good advice to people that want to lose weight, go backpacking!