It's normal to come back from holiday with a heavier suitcase, filled with souvenir purchases. However, for many travellers it is also not unusual to bring home some unwanted pounds. A British study published on Thursday reveals which holiday spots are likely to make you fat.
Discovering local delicacies is part of a successful trip, but holidaying in certain destinations can translate into unwanted pounds. A recent study carried out among British holidaymakers by travel agency Thomas Cook reveals a list of the hotspots that can make you fat.
Greece and its Mediterranean food arrive as the heavyweight champion with an average of 3.3 lb gained while visiting the country. The country's diet is based on a variety of grains, olive oil, fish and meat. The diet also includes rich desserts and pastries, often sweetened with honey.
According to the research, the average visitor to Turkey puts on 3 lb during a 10-day stay in the country. What is to blame? Probably the national delicacies including those baklavas or sweet pastries which are a source of unwanted calories.
Portugal came in third place with an average 2.9 lb after tourists overindulge in tasty holiday treats such as rice pudding, green wine and the famous Pastel de Nata or custard tart.
The U.S., renowned for big portions, fast food and one of the biggest obesity rates in the world, came in fourth place.
The research suggests that holidaying in sunny climates with great food and less physical activity are among the conditions which result in piling on pounds.
According to the research, those wanting to lose some weight should head to Ireland, Canada or Germany, where the local food is perhaps not as inviting.
Surprisingly, it is men who put on most weight. On average they take an extra 5.5 lb back home whereas women take only around 1.5 lb.
The research was carried out among British holidaymakers, gained pounds were calculated on a 10-day stay basis.