It's easy to gain a few pounds when travelling on business; temptation is everywhere, from fast food stops to calorie-laden business lunches to heavy airport food. However, it's easy to keep the pounds off if you want to, you just have to make a few small changes and be conscious of what you are putting in your mouth.
If you find that you gain weight every time you go away for business, read on for some tips that you can use every time you travel to help you maintain your weight.
Bring healthy snacks with you
Whether you are going to be driving or flying to your destination, packing some healthy snacks can really help curb the temptation to indulge in roadside burgers or unhealthy airline snacks. Pack a small insulated container with water, fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, and sandwiches, and enjoy some guilt-free snacking.
This is an important step for anyone who hopes to keep the pounds from piling on. A good breakfast, one that is the right mix of proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats, will set you up for the day, providing you with the nutrients and energy you need to maintain your focus and concentration. Many lodgings have their own restaurant, so fill up on breakfast before you set off for the day; according to a study done by the University of Missouri, this step will mean you are less likely to crave sugary snacks later in the afternoon.
Visit the local supermarket
See if you can find a supermarket close to your hotel or motel and stock up on bottles of water and healthy snacks. Many lodgings have refrigerators, but if yours doesn't, request that the mini bar is left empty before you arrive, and use that to store your healthy goodies.
Go easy on the alcohol
Business travel often involves a fair bit of drinking, but don't feel pressurized into conforming. Alcohol is laden with empty calories, and it's easy to put away a day's worth of calories just with a few pints in the hotel bar at the end of a hard working day. You can still have a drink and maintain your weight, just make sure you stick to light beers, wine, or spirits mixed with low-calorie mixers.
See if your hotel has a gym
Many hotels and motels have a gym, so if you feel that you have over-indulged on your trip, make use of the fitness equipment. If your hotel doesn't have a gym, turn your room into a mini-gym. There are many free fitness videos available on YouTube, so simply find one you like and follow along.