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How to Lose Weight While Traveling

by
author image Barb Nefer
Based in Kissimmee, Fla., Barb Nefer is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience. She is a mental health counselor, finance coach and travel agency owner. Her work has appeared in such magazines as "The Writer" and "Grit" and she authored the book, "So You Want to Be a Counselor."
How to Lose Weight While Traveling
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Many people expect to gain weight while traveling. They expect to overindulge and pack on a few extra pounds when on vacation. If they are traveling for business, they may concentrate on their work and forget about making healthy choices. However, it's not inevitable to gain weight when you're traveling. You can lose weight if you are willing to implement some simple steps into your travel routine.

Step 1

Bring healthy snacks and bottled water with you while traveling. This will prevent you from stopping for fast food when you're traveling in a car. It will help you resist temptation if you are traveling in a plane on which calorie-laden snacks like cookies and soda are being served. The Fodor's travel website recommends snacks like fruit and energy bars because they are easy to pack and carry.

Step 2

Walk around as much as possible. Make frequent rest stops when traveling by car. Get out and walk around the area for several minutes to stretch your legs and get your blood flowing. You can also walk on an airplane. Get up once or twice and walk up and down the aisle.

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Step 3

Get enough rest. You may be prone to snack when you're tired, so prevent this by getting enough sleep. Stop at a motel to rest when you're traveling by car. Bring a neck pillow and portable music player to help you sleep on an airplane. Once you get to your destination, continue to work in enough time to get the sleep you need.

Step 4

Schedule time for exercise. Whether you are on vacation or a business trip, block out time in your day to get some type of exercise. If you're staying in a hotel with a fitness room or pool, use it for your workout. Otherwise, devote some time to walking or jogging or plan leisure activities that involve some kind of physical activity. If you are going to go sightseeing, Fodor's advises to do it on foot.

Step 5

Select foods carefully. You will most likely be eating restaurant meals when you are traveling. Make healthy choices, like salads with no dressing, lean meats and vegetable dishes without heavy sauces. Eat healthy snacks like fruit and nuts in between your meals so you won't be tempted to buy high-calorie snacks. If your hotel has a microwave, try to dine in when possible. Otherwise, Fodor's says to avoid fast food and stick with restaurants that have healthier choices.

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