Travel weight loss tips: 15 ways to stick to your healthy routines and stay slim while travelling  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
- Research has shown that people who travel frequently tend to have a higher body mass index and are generally in worse shape compared to light travelers
- But by maintaining a few basic rules of weight loss, you can get rid of a pot belly and keep fit even while on a vacation or a trip
- Here are a few tips to help you stay on track with your fitness goals while you travel for work
New Delhi: If you have a job that requires you to travel a lot, keeping up with your healthy routine can seem impossible. For most professionals, setting a healthy routine can be challenging enough. But when business travel is added to the already hectic schedules, it can make it even harder to stick to a healthy eating plan and exercise regime. So, it would be unrealistic psychologically to lose or maintain weight while on business trips. But by maintaining a few basic rules of weight loss, you can get rid of a pot belly and keep fit even while on a vacation or a trip.
Research has shown that people who travel frequently tend to have a higher body mass index and are generally in worse shape compared to light travelers. Yet, with the right strategies, you can avoid gaining those extra pounds while taking travelling for business. In fact, planning your travel well in advance can provide excitement in abundance, which can benefit you in many ways. If you’re on a weight loss journey and looking for natural ways to help you stay on track with your fitness goals, the following tips and tricks can help.
How to lose or maintain weight while you travel for work
The following tips suggested by Nutritionist Janvi Chitalia will help professionals make smarter food choices, avoid common meal mistakes and keep up with their exercise routine while they travel for work.
- Eat every 2.5 to 3 hours, make sure that you consume smaller meals to ensure adequate energy levels during extensive travel.
- Hydration during travel is the key to fat loss as it helps the body manage to keep its metabolism high.
- Study the options of the cities where you travel, including accommodation, for better food planning.
- Pack nuts, fruits, seed bars, low-fat buttermilk to help you stay equipped on the trip.
- Keep lunches carbohydrates heavy to balance hunger throughout the day – research has shown that a diet rich in either carbohydrate like grains or protein such as meats and fish can fight those hunger pangs.
- Clarify with the hotel staff to give you food served in less oil or less salt.
- Eat light at night instead of making it your heaviest meal.
- Breakfast buffets need to be discreetly taken care of in terms of options – try sticking to one dish.
- While eating the main course, eat either a main dish or a light meal.
- If you have to eat dessert, learn to practice the three-bite rule.
- Eat one cuisine at dinner or lunch with some amount of protein.
- Stay well hydrated with water or lime water or coconut water during work rather than tea and coffee.
- Prepare well for travel on road – try to carry methi rotis or khakras or nuts trail mix to avoid eating junk or eating large portions at dinner.
- Keep sipping on buttermilk or green tea and nuts in between meals during long hours of meetings.
- Long-distance travel can cause havoc to your body’s normal routines – choose foods and beverages wisely to stay bloat-free and hydrated while flying, for instance, swap caffeine and other fizzy drinks for lime water.
Additionally, take advantage of the hotel gym, and pay close attention to those steps even if you’re not out and taking a brisk walk.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.