Traveling can make dieting difficult. But, it doesn't need to be! Here are some prime tips on sticking to your diet while you're on the road (or up in the air).
Grab snacks from the grocery store or pharmacy before heading to your hotel. You can't trust all of those empty calories they have at airports! Plus, you're not on vacation, so you may as well be healthy while you're traveling.
8 Low-Calorie Snacks You Can Bring In Your Travel Bag
- Homemade energy bars
- Bag of nuts
- Canned tuna with high fiber crackers (any kind)
- Baby carrots with ranch dressing
- Greek yogurt
- Hummus and Veggies
- Skinny Pop Popcorn
- A hard-boiled egg and a slice of toast
Travel Tips While Dieting
Eating At Restaurants
You'll probably end up eating at restaurants more than usual on your trip… but that doesn't mean you can't choose wisely. Try to find places where the menu has plenty of low-calorie options. And don't be afraid to ask for substitutions!
Eating With Friends
Stick with your diet even when you're out with friends. They don't need to know that you're trying to lose weight, but if they find out later on then it's better that you've stuck to your plan than gone off the deep end!
Clean Out Your Fridge
Before you head out, make sure you clean out your fridge at home. This way you won't be tempted to snack on anything when your fridge seems empty. Plus, it saves the time of having to clean out your fridge while you're away in another town!
Don't Go Hungry
Don't go hungry when you're in a new place looking around. It's easy to get swept up in all the excitement and forget about your diet. Bring a snack with you at all times in case of emergencies!
Avoid Food Temptation
If you have trouble with temptation, try to avoid “dangerous” areas when traveling. Stay away from the touristy areas and don't wander onto fast-food restaurant patios or into supermarkets that aren't familiar. You know what they say: out of sight, out of mind.
Focus On The Sights
If you're feeling hungry, try to focus on the sights around you instead. It might be tiring to walk all day, but it'll make your trip more memorable than it would be if you were sitting in a restaurant! Plus, walking burns extra calories.
Avoid Sugary Snacks
Stay away from the low-fat muffins, cereal bars, instant oatmeal packets… they are all loaded with sugar.
Water is your friend! Drink it throughout the day to keep you feeling full and hydrated. This will make it easier for you to navigate food options at airports, train stations, etc.
Don't Drink Your Calories
If you like tea or coffee, go with the skinny versions of these drinks (i.e.: skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks). These can be a great way to get a little caffeine boost throughout the day!
Most importantly, remember that your diet is not what makes you who you are. It's important to balance your diet with exercise, but not everyone needs to be on a diet.
You don't need to worry about fitting into the culture of wherever you're visiting; it's nice to try new things, but if they don't fit into your lifestyle then they aren't worth ruining your diet over!
Traveling doesn't need to jeopardize your diet and you don't need to put in any extra effort; just follow these simple tips and you'll be fine!