5 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight When Traveling

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5 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight When Traveling–

avoid weight gain while travelingWhen you are traveling, one of the major challenges is how to keep from gaining weight on the trip. You can’t bring much food with you through airport security and you find yourself overeating and not moving enough — a recipe for weight gain. Here are the things I did on my last trip to make sure I didn’t go off the rails.

1.  Bring your workout gear with you. Make time to work out in the morning before you start your day or at night. I brought my workout DVD, heart rate monitor and workout clothes with me on my last trip. You also may need a laptop or other device to play your workout DVD unless you are going to the hotel fitness center. You may not get to workout everyday but your workout will be on your mind, helping ensure you keep active when you can.

2. Walk everywhere you can instead of taking a cab. On vacation, walk everywhere you can to see the sights. If you are stuck in a hotel for a conference walk the conference floor, check out the entire hotel or walk the grounds to get much needed fresh air and exercise to reduce stress and get some activity in. If you are in New York City, and it’s too far to walk, take the subway; even though you aren’t walking, you will do more walking than you would taking a cab. Hopstop.com can tell you which trains to take.


3. Bring high Protein Bar, Zone Bars or other healthy meal replacement bars and protein-containing snacks like nuts that you can take through security. This will stop you from succumbing to the siren call of airport junk food and becoming overly hungry and pigging out during your next meal. Pick up fruit from the airport food stands – you can usually get apples and bananas to tide you over.

4. Drink lots of water. Get a bottle of water every day (usually 16.9 oz) and drink water with your meals (8 oz x 3 meals). When at a restaurant, order the water and drink it before your meal comes. This will keep you hydrated and keep you from mistaking thirst for hunger and overeating. Drinking a lot of water is something you should do all the time, but when we travel, we tend to go for the caffeine since we’re stressed and tired from all the travel.

5. At meals, choose protein packed entrees that will fuel your body and mind. Keep your reaches for starchy carbs like the bread basket to a minimum and look for appetizers that are low carb, protein based and nutritious. Add a salad (but get the dressing on the side or use the juice of lemon wedges as dressing to cut calories). Skip dessert or select the fruit plate to cleanse the palate and satisfy the craving for sweets.

On your next trip, remember these tips and you won’t have to do double duty on your workout or end up kick yourself for falling off your diet!

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