Traveling and eating right are two things that generally don’t go together. After all, when you aren’t able to prepare your food like you normally would, staying on track becomes quite difficult.
However, just because you are on the road doesn’t mean you get a free pass to eat anything you want. That’s why it is extremely important that you take the time to plan ahead. With that being said, here are 6 tips to help you stick to your diet while traveling.
#1 – Book A Hotel With A Refrigerator and Microwave
The good news is finding a hotel with a refrigerator and microwave is not as difficult as it used to be. Just go to your favorite travel booking site, put in what you need and you will see several hotels that meet your needs.
When your hotel room has these two essential appliances you will be able to buy groceries and cook your food. This of course will eliminate the need to eat fast food.
To save time consider preparing a few meals in advance. This way you can just grab them and eat whenever you get hungry. Be sure to pack your eating utensils as there probably won’t be any at the hotel for you to use.
#2 – Take Your Protein With You
Having our own source of protein with you is one of the best things you can do for yourself when traveling. This is because most restaurants offer meals that are either low protein and high carb, or low protein and high fat.
That means getting in your recommended amount of protein can prove to be a challenge. The easiest way to combat this is to pack your own protein sources. The good news is there are plenty of sources of protein you can take with you. The most common ones are protein powder and protein bars.
#3 – Pack The George Foreman Grill
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love my George Foreman grill. Its an amazing appliance that allows me to prepare my meals in a short period of time. Taking it with you while traveling will help you save time when you are preparing meals for the day.
For safety reasons it may be best to use the George Foreman on a balcony or porch if you have one attached to your room. If you do not just be very careful as you don’t want the fire alarms going off because your George Foreman grill got a little too smokey.
#4 – Get Sauces On The Side
Let’s be honest, if you are traveling it is virtually impossible to cook all of your meals. At some point you are going to go out and enjoy a good meal at a local restaurant. To help you stay on track when eating out, always get your sauces and dressings on the side.
This is extremely important because restaurants are notorious for loading up their most popular dishes with sauces and dressings.
And though they taste delicious, they are also full of calories that can set you back several days. By getting them on the side you can control how much you consume.
This one tip can save you hundreds of calories throughout the course of the day. It can also prevent you from having to do hours of cardio once you return from your trip.
#5 – Make Sure You Stay Busy
Since you will probably be eating more than you normally do while traveling, it is very important you stay busy. Find a local gym and make sure you don’t miss any workouts. You should also get out and see some of the local attractions.
#6 – Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is a great way to keep hunger at bay. If you get sick of water add a zero calorie flavoring to give it a little flavor.
If you go out to eat try drinking a glass of water right before your meal comes out. Doing so is a great way to ensure you don’t eat the whole meal. You can take half of it and save it for later. And don’t worry, most restaurant meals come with so much food that you won’t miss anything by splitting it up.