Business Trips & Weight Loss: How to Stay On TrackBy Sarah S – Jenny Craig
Traveling for work can sometimes spell disaster for your diet. Happy hours and heavy dinners with coworkers, free snacks on flights, and changes to your workout routine can all impact your weight loss goals. But don't fret! You don’t have to ditch your healthy lifestyle just because you’re on a business trip. Here’s how to stay on track with your healthy habits while traveling for work when you're following the Jenny Craig program.
Bring it with you
Jenny Craig offers several shelf-stable items that are travel-friendly. Load your suitcase with Jenny Craig cereals, bars, shakes, chicken or tuna salad kits, and popcorn. If hunger strikes, you’ll be less likely to grab a bag of potato chips and a soda if you have your Jenny Craig snacks with you.
Stick to a travel menu
If you wouldn’t eat it at home, try to avoid when traveling. Stick to a travel menu. Aim to plan out your snacks and meals, while incorporating travel-friendly Jenny Craig dishes. Want more tips for eating out while on the road? Use these tips for dining out when you're trying to lose weight
Eat your veggies
It’s inevitable that you’ll have to join your coworkers for lunch or dinner. Rather than filling up on high-calorie appetizers and drinks while out at a restaurant, choose dishes from the menu that feature vegetables and lean protein. Fill up on plain salads and add Jenny Craig dressings, which are easily packable in your purse to avoid fattening restaurant dressing choices.
Drinking ample amounts of water can counteract fatigue and bloat from travel. Bring your large, reusable water bottle from home and drink up throughout the day. Avoid alcohol and caffeine while traveling so you don’t dehydrate your body, and if you have to go out with coworkers, order a club soda with a twist of lime.
Pack your workout clothes
Are you awake at an odd hour because of a time change on your trip? Put on your workout clothes that you packed in your suitcase and hit the hotel gym for a walk on the treadmill. Many hotels feature gyms that have treadmills, stationary bikes, and a few circuit weight machines. Squeeze in a workout before morning meetings or after dinner with coworkers to help you reach your fitness goals.
Ask your consultant to help you create a special travel menu. Many business hotels have a small microwave in every room, so you may be able to prepare many of your own meals. Not only can you brainstorm about what to bring along, you can plan ahead by finding healthy choices near your hotel… or even on your room service menu!
Coworkers often turn into close friends, lending the support you need to stay on track. If you feel comfortable, share with a coworker that you’re on a weight loss journey, so you’d like a little help staying accountable to your healthy lifestyle goals.