Guys, taking care of your body while you’re traveling is important. Unless you’re on a quick weekend away, the chances of your body changing on the road are at an all-time high. If you’re not careful, you could soon be consuming loads more calories every day than you’d dream of at home.
I get it. I love eating my way around the world – trust me. I lost 30+ lbs. (13.6+ kilograms) in 2014 and was able to keep it off for quite awhile. However, that all changed over the course of my four month trip through Southeast Asia. I couldn’t resist a spicy Thai curry, a filling Banh Mi or samosas in Myanmar. While I definitely know how to lose weight abroad, I’m a pro with gaining it. Like 15 lbs. worth. But, all is well in the world. I regret nothing.
Travelling will take out of your comfort zone and change your daily routine, making it more difficult at times to stick to a healthy lifestyle. To watch the calories on your travels, I suggest the following tips:
1. Know where the hidden calories are
Of course, when you’re visiting new places, you’re going to want to try different foods. But unlike at home, where you know your monthly takeaway treat isn’t great for your waistline, you could easily be surprised by how many calories a serving of local foods could contain. Here are some calorific treats from around the world, as researched by Secret Traveller:
- Hamburger and fries, USA – 629 calories
- A whole pizza, Italy – 1,000 calories
- Pain au chocolat, France – 300 calories
- Churros, Spain – 234 calories
- Ramen, Japan – 500 calories
- Fish and chips, UK – 838 calories
2. Be wary of snacks
You’ll probably be on your feet a bit more when travelling, meaning eating on-to-go becomes a norm. But snacking can be one of the worst culprits for gaining weight. Rather than buying chocolate and sweets when you’re feeling tired, plan ahead so you know where and when you’ll be eating. As Lifehack says, with the power of the internet, you can easily find out where the best places are to eat healthily.
3. Don’t forget about the calories you drink
It’s not just food you need to keep an eye on. It’s all those drinks, alcoholic or not, you’ll be having while travelling. Alcohol is probably the worst, but fizzy drinks, smoothies and fancy coffees all contain a lot of sugar. A can of cola has roughly 11g of sugar, for example. A couple of glasses of wine a week could mean you consume 2,000 more calories a month, according to the Telegraph. Check out their guide to the calories in alcohol.
4. Keep up the exercise
When travelling, you deserve a treat or two. But if you want to indulge in a great meal and a few cocktails, you’ve got to be willing to put in some hard work. Being able to stay fit while traveling means maintaining a good exercise schedule. This habit will not only help manage your weight, but improve your mood and help with stress. You could go on a run, do lengths in the pool or take your laptop and follow YouTube guides. The Body Coach’s short exercise videos can be done anywhere, without the need for equipment.
Are you travelling the world? How do you stay fit? Share your tips!
Disclaimer: While this is a collaborative post, all opinions are my own.