Increasing numbers of us are jetting off to destinations near and far for work purposes, with 9.2 million Brits taking business related trips in 2016. Crikey!
But whether your boss has sent you to Barcelona or Bognor Regis, there’s one big issue any frequent flyer will know all about: food.
Except, food itself isn’t really the problem. It’s the quality and accessibility that can throw you all out of whack, and if you’re trying to shift some timber, this can be frustrating.
So how can you plan your next business trip so that you can remain in charge of your weight loss? Here’s some important things to consider:
Commuting by car means you’re most likely to grab your lunch and snacks at local garages or drive-throughs, which makes it difficult to count calories. To combat this, prepare two snack boxes prior to the journey; one sweet, one salty. You can also get a crusty roll, remove a handful of the inner dough and stuff it with ham, lettuce, red peppers and a dollop of mustard for a mid-journey top up. For hydration, take a large bottle of water or coconut water. This way, you’ll be less likely to buy a can of pop with your petrol.
There are several dilemmas you might be faced with when you’re commuting by airplane. Depending on the airline, you will be limited as to what food you can bring on board with you, and pre-bought drinks are almost always banned. Often, you’re asked to only eat what’s already on the flight or purchased in the airport before boarding (and let’s face it, the spread doesn’t tend to be too healthy). So what should you do? Here are some options:
- If available, ask for the meal closest to a piece of protein and simple vegetables.
- Buy water or sparkling water rather than pop. And if you need a bit of Dutch courage, opt for a clear spirit and soda water with a chunk of lime.
- Don’t get drunk! Sometimes this can be tempting on long haul flights but you’ll only pay for it with a hangover and carb cravings.
- If there’s a fruit based dessert, you might want to opt for this over the chocolate cheesecake.
- Stay hydrated with plenty of water and try to get some shut eye!
- Beware of meal deals, they almost always include fatty sandwiches and a bag of crisps. If there’s a healthier meal deal option, go for it.
Catching the train
National commuting tends to be quickest by train, and it can be a wonderful opportunity to kick back with a newspaper and a relaxing album on your iPod. What’s also good is that similar to car travel, you’re free to prepare snacks and lunches for yourself in advance and take them on board with you. To stay in charge, bypass the train station cafes, stock up on home made treats and carry your own coffee in a flask.
Before you arrive at your hotel, do a few minutes of research. Look at the hotel restaurant menu or nearby eateries and make your choices in advance. You can also stock up on healthy snacks from a local deli or supermarket and find a picturesque park to feast on them during your lunch hour! It goes without saying that raiding your mini bar (should your hotel room have one) or ordering a midnight cheese platter from room service should be avoided. If your hotel has a gym or swimming pool, make use of it! If not, take a brisk walk around the neighbourhood and enjoy some of the sights. Finally, if there’s a dreaded pre-paid buffet in your hotel restaurant, keep your focus on veg, simple salads and grilled meats or fish and refer to your Hairy Dieters portion guide.
As always, we recommend you input everything you eat and drink into your diary at the end of the day. As long as you stay focused on your goals and plan ahead, you won’t find that business trips hinder your weight loss progress.
TIME TO SHED SOME TIMBER?
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