Eating Lean While Traveling
By Johnathan Zamora
Eating lean while going about your regular daily routine is easy to do with adequate preparation. You can prepare your meals in advance, set aside your snacks and measure out any supplements taken a day or two ahead of time. What happens when you travel away from home? It could be for a vacation, a business trip or to visit family across the country. Regardless of the reason, a big concern for many fitness enthusiasts is maintaining their hard earned physique progress as much as possible. Since this topic poses its own challenges, I have outlined a few travel-friendly eating tips to help keep you on track.
1. Packing for the trip – As airline carry-on restrictions have tightened within the last few years, now more than ever, travelers must choose to bring the “essentials” with them. It’s easy to toss a few Lean Body Gold bars or Meal Replacement shakes into your luggage. They travel easily and are perfect for feeding your hard earned muscle (these especially come in handy when faced with unexpected flight delays.)
2. Arriving at your hotel – Many hotels now offer breakfast as a standard amenity with your reservation. Take advantage of this option to get some quality fuel in your body to start your day. Call ahead of time, if possible and ask about the type of breakfast items available. Oatmeal, eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt and whole grain cereal options are the best but it never hurts to add a couple of Lean Body Breakfast Meal Replacements onto your travel checklist just to be sure.
3. Make moves – In recent years, hotels have responded to customer requests and made an on-site fitness facility available for guests. While these centers may not be full gyms, at the least dumbbells, treadmill, elliptical and all-in-one gym stations are available. Do the best you can with the tools you have to help keep your energy levels high and maintain your strength while away from home. If no fitness room is available, many hotels will have guest passes to nearby gyms as an alternative. Ask the front desk representative if these passes are available during your stay.
4. Ordering in restaurants – Ordering your foods without being cooked in oil, salad dressing on the side, and choosing items that are baked, steamed, grilled or poached and avoiding fried foods are great ways to ensure a clean plate in almost any restaurant. You can even request a double serving of steamed vegetables instead of a heaping pile of rice that may be served with the grilled salmon special. Flex your nutrition muscles and make the best choices that suit your goals when ordering in restaurants.
5. Drink up – Staying hydrated while traveling is very important to help keep your muscles full, preventing muscle soreness and keeping your appetite in check. Generally, aim to drink at least 10 glasses of water a day to prevent dehydration, especially when traveling across multiple time zones as the length of time spent on an airplane tends to increase the likelihood of dehydration as a result of the altitude and recycled cabin air supply.
Use these tips to help keep your eating plan on track while traveling as they will help you maintain the lean body that you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Stay Safe and Happy Traveling!
The Fit Chef
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