Don’t let traveling derail you: Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, being outside of your familiar territory can make it difficult to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few tips:
Research the restaurants and supermarkets ahead of time. Pack some healthy foods that don’t spoil easily. Challenge yourself to stay on track for most of the trip.
You can stick to a healthy eating plan while traveling. All it takes is a bit of research, planning, and commitment. 🙂 🙂
Practice mindful eating
Eating mindfully can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.Take time to enjoy your food and appreciate its ability to nourish you. This increases your chances of making successful, lasting behavioral changes. In a four-month study, overweight and obese women who practiced mindful eating significantly improved their relationship with food.
Another 6-week study in women with binge eating disorder found that binge episodes decreased from 4 to 1.5 per week when the women practiced mindful eating. Plus, the severity of each binge decreased. Adopting a mindful eating approach can help you achieve a better relationship with food and may reduce binge eating.
Track and monitor your progress
Logging the foods you eat into a diary, online food tracker, or app can help you stick to a healthy diet and lose weight. Measuring your exercise progress is also beneficial and provides you with the motivation that can help you keep going.
In a three-month study, overweight women who were given pedometers walked farther and lost six times more weight than those who didn’t use them.
Tracking your food intake and exercise progress can provide motivation and accountability. Studies show that it helps you stick to a healthy diet and leads to greater weight loss.
Get a partner to join you
Sticking with a healthy eating and exercise plan can be tough to do on your own. Having a diet or exercise buddy may be helpful, especially if that person is your partner or spouse.
Researchers studying data from over 3,000 couples found that when one person made a positive lifestyle change, such as increasing physical activity, the other was more likely to follow their lead.
Having a partner join you in making healthy lifestyle changes can increase your chances of success.
Start the day with a high-protein breakfast
If your first meal is well balanced and contains adequate protein, you’re more likely to maintain stable blood sugar levels and not overeat for the rest of the day.
In one study, overweight women who consumed at least 30 grams of protein at breakfast felt more satisfied and ate fewer calories at lunch than those who ate a lower-protein breakfast.
Eating a high-protein breakfast helps you stay full and can prevent overeating later in the day.
Realize that it takes time to change your habits
Don’t be discouraged if it takes longer than you expect to adapt to your new, healthy way of living. Researchers have found that it takes an average of 66 days to make a new behavior a habit.
Eventually, eating healthy and exercising regularly will become automatic. Do your best to stay motivated and focused while you adapt to a healthy lifestyle. It takes 66 days to make a new habit, on average.
Figure out what works best for you
There is no perfect way that works for everyone. It’s important to find a way of eating and exercising that you enjoy, find sustainable, and can stick to for the rest of your life.
The best diet for you is the one you can stick to in the long run. Weight loss methods that work for some people are not guaranteed to work for you. To lose weight and keep it off, find effective strategies that you can stick to in the long term.
Breaking your habits and improving your diet is not easy. However, several strategies can help you stick to your diet plans and lose weight.
These include mindful eating, keeping unhealthy snacks out of sight, carrying healthy snacks, and managing your expectations. Still, one of the keys to a successful diet is finding out what works for you in the long term.
If you’re trying to lose weight, some of the strategies above may give you a significant advantage 🙂 🙂