9 Ways to Stay on Your Diet while Traveling

Being away from home and your typical routine can present challenges for staying on the diet. That just means it will take a little extra planning to make sure you have what you need to continue losing weight. We have put together some winning strategies that will support your continued success whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile. Select the strategies that apply to the plan that you are on:

Pack more than enough
If your diet foods aren’t with you, you can’t eat them. So it is important to pack even more so you can continue to eat as much as you need to avoid hunger.

Snack smartly
Bars, puddings, and entrees are a traveler’s best friend. They can be eaten anywhere with almost no preparation. Fruit cups, bananas, grapes apples, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and sugar snap peas are all very portable and will fit nicely in your carry-on or travel bag.

Look up local stores
Go online and search for grocery stores near your destination. That way you can shop for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Ask ahead of time
Many hotels can provide a microwave and refrigerator in your room. You can also talk to the bartender. Many will be more than happy to blend a shake for you.

Plan for restaurants
Most restaurants have an abundance of vegetables on the menu. Call ahead and ask questions about the menu so you can sit down and confidently place an order that will keep you on the diet.

Meet your minimums
Temptation is everywhere when you travel. Make sure to keep eating your minimums and avoid relying on your own willpower.

Bring a hand-held shaker
Shaker bottles are a fast and easy way to make shakes when a blender is not available.

Make a shake with bottled water
You can use any bottle of water from a convenience store to make an impromptu shake. Just drink a little water off the top, carefully pour in the shake powder, shake it up, and go.

Keep your records current
Just because you are out of town doesn’t mean you can take a vacation from keeping records. Staying up-to-date with your records will help you stay connected to your diet, and reinforce your positive behaviors.

If you’d like to learn more about permanent weight loss, please feel free to call us or schedule an appointment with Dr. Isaacs using the online booking tool on this website.

Author
Scott Isaacs, MD Endocrinologist and Weight Loss Specialist

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