There are thousands of reasons which make it hard to maintain weight while travelling. It is even difficult for a person who is disciplined about his/her eating and fitness habits. Your schedule gets disrupted and you are surrounded by a variety of unhealthy foods and beverages. But here’s the thing; if can you learn to avoid all the unhealthy food while travelling- not only will travelling be more fun, but you will actually return from your next trip leaner and healthier than when you left.
The Airport / Station / Rest Stop makes you gain weight.Today, travelling means waiting. And for most people, waiting means eating. When you are in proximity to food courts, bars and cafes, and with the body’s stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) firing up while travelling, it isn’t hard to give in to unhealthy food cravings.As a result, a couple of hours at the airport/station/stop can easily turn into a couple of thousand calories added to your diet. Worst of all, those high -sugar, high- carbohydrate foods are the least satisfying when it comes to reducing your hunger-and spike your levels of insulin, a hormone that stimulates fat storage.SOLVE THE PROBLEM:-Pack more food than your clothes. These days the food you put in your carry bag is as vital as the clothes in your suitcase. So pack travel friendly and healthy foods.So here are some tips to eat while travelling:-
1) Carry a sturdy fruit such as an orange, apple, cherries, pears, grapes, etc. Avoid bananas and avocados as they tend to get mushy if kept in a bag for too long.
2) Make a trail mix by combining your favourite dry fruits, nuts and seeds.
3) Popcorns are always fun to snack on.
4) Low sugar Granola bars, crackers and sliced veggies are always great to have.
5) Roasted chickpeas are also a good option.
Airplanes dehydrate youThe air inside an airplane is drier than normal air (with a relative humidity less than 10 percent, the cabin is twice as dry as the Sahara Desert.) But most travellers don’t realize that breathing in dry air can dehydrate you. Dehydration due to airline air is a major cause of fatigue and fatigue gives you reason to eat. Also, when we are dehydrated and actually need water, our brain might think we are hungry and make us overeat.SOLVE THE PROBLEM:- Drink 8 ounce of water before your flight. More important ,bring one 16 ounce of bottle of water for every 2 hours you will be in the air and down it all before you land.As for airline or train food, follow this process whenever possible:Avoid all sugary foods. Ask for nuts and fruits instead of chips and cookies, and 100% fruit juice or 1 percent milk as beverages other than water.
Take out time to exerciseBack home, fitting in your workout is simple-it becomes part of your daily routine but things are less predictable while travelling, and missing a workout can make your belt feel tighter. According to studies, on average, men needed to exercise at least 200 minutes a week just to maintain their weight.
SOLVE THE PROBLEM:-1) Schedule your workout times in advance. That way, the time slot will already be filled when you are invited to an impromptu dinner. Just politely decline, guilt free, citing a prior engagement. 2) Hire a personal trainer at the gym or find a running buddy. By hiring a trainer or running with someone else, not only will you be less likely to blow off the workout or run, but chances are you will learn new techniques or exercises.