How Do You Maintain a Healthy Diet While Traveling?
Maintaining a healthy diet is a question I get asked all the time. With so much misinformation out there and diet fads, it is hard to know what actually works. So I decided to put together an article with 7 tips on how to maintain a healthy diet even when you are traveling.
1. Avoid fried foods at all cost.
Fried foods tend to be high in bad fat. Instead you should focus on eating foods that are baked or broiled.
RTD’s (Ready to Drink) are a great way to get maintain a healthy diet. As a matter of fact, I would consider this to be one of the biggest dieting secrets to not breaking your diet with unhealthy fast food choices. The reason for this is because they contain the 3 macronutrients (proteins, carbs and fats). And yes, they are the right ratios to consume as most of them are high in protein, low in carbohydrates and contain just the right amount of good fats to replace a meal.
Bonus Tip #1: My personal preference is Labrada Nutrition’s RTD’s as they come in 4 flavors (chocolate, vanilla, banana and strawberries).
I love the fact that they contain 40 grams of protein, 8 grams of carbs and 8 grams of unsaturated fats. After several years of trying RTD’s by different supplement companies, my award for taste and quality goes to Lean Body RTD
3. Bring Snacks with You On The Go
While several of you have heard of carrying healthy snacks with you such as the ones you get at the grocery store that say things like “healthy snacks to go”, there are some other healthier alternatives. Apples and Bananas are great ways to get your carbohydrates in while on the go. They are filled with nutrients such as Vitamin C and Potassium to help you maintain your healthy diet.
4. Protein Bars
A great meal replacement is a protein bar. The #1 reason I love this is because it contains the 3 macronutrients (proteins, carbs and fats). Although some protein bars may be higher in saturated fats than others, they are still one of the best choices to choose from as a snack instead of most fast food options.
5. Make sure to eat your macronutrients
Macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats) are all an essential part of maintaining a healthy diet. You cannot survive without them. Make sure you get enough of the good fats as they will actually help you lose weight.
6. Drink Plenty of Water
This should be a no brainer and is easy for you to do as there is water available practically anywhere you go. I tend to carry a gallon of water around with me to make sure I drink enough water.
Bonus Tip #2: Another tip I suggest is to carry an empty water bottle around with you. When I don’t have a gallon of water with me, I always revert to plan B which is an empty water bottle. With an empty water bottle I am able to get water from a fountain to keep myself from dehydrating.
7. Exercise Regularly
Absolutely! You may think this has nothing to do with dieting but the truth is it does. When you exercise regularly you tend to care for your body and are more aware of what you decide to eat. Through all of my years of experience and help I have given to others, the main reason why people do not maintain a healthy diet is because they stop exercising. As a result they do not treat their bodies they way they should.
About the Author
Anthony Alayon is the owner of Health Reporter Daily, is a best selling fitness author, and creator of the 101 Toxic Food Ingredients They Never Told You About. He is also creator of the Fat Extinction Program and co-creator of The University of Abs. He has over 12 years experience in the fitness industry. Anthony is a writer for Natural Muscle Magazine and has been featured in major online publications such as the NY Times About.com site to Bodybuilding, Bodybuilding.com, Labrada.com and HugoRivera.net. Be sure to check out his Toxic Foods website below:
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