lose weight when you travel

5 Fascinating Ways To Lose Weight When You Travel

Since the most popular New Year resolution is to lose weight, surely either you are planning to or know someone who is. My primary new year resolution definitely is to lose weight and maybe it will finally happen!

What better way to lose weight than to do so when trying different foods and drinks from around the world?

On almost every trip, I lose weight, even when I think I am eating more than usual. I do love my BBQ and ice cream.

So, can you lose weight when you travel? Read on.

5 Ways to Lose Weight When You Travel

1. Try different foods. The brain registers satisfaction sooner with new tastes than old familiar ones. In fact, favorite taste sensations actually dull our memory and we must eat more of that food before we are satisfied (from Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss). Travel is great for losing weight because we are more likely to try new foods and restaurants; just stay away from chains, which serve the same food at every location. You can even visit your favorite restaurants but make sure to try new dishes. Eat fun new foods and lose weight when you travel. Brilliant!

lose weight when you travel

try this fresh fruit drink in Morocco

2. Reduce snacking. At home and work, the temptation to snack is constant. Or is that just for me? When traveling, though, I am too distracted by awesome new scenery and experiences to mindlessly snack. Besides, space is limited when traveling and it requires special effort to carry snacks between hotel rooms or on flights.

lose weight when you travel

fill your head with views like this instead of thinking about snacks

3. Drink more water. Another scientific study shows that drinking more water can reduce or eliminate many major health ailments. Whether traveling or at home, it makes good sense to drink water instead of high caloric (zero nutrition) drinks. On the road, I bring a refillable water bottle with a charcoal filter and continually refill it from taps or water fountains.

lose weight when you travel

Camelbak filtered water bottle, photo from Camelbak.com

Please avoid buying water in plastic bottles; it is bad for you and bad for the world. Increasing your water intake reduces your hunger and helps you lose weight when you travel. In Rome it is easy to find clean, fresh, cool FREE water from over 2,500 public water fountains, called Nasoni (“big noses”). Nasoni locations are shown on online maps and even a fun iPhone app. Thank you to Rachel at LivItaly Tours for the Nasoni information.

4. More movement. It is natural to walk more when exploring new places. At least for me it is. I can walk and walk and walk, nearly all day, without getting tired or bored. Try that on a treadmill! In fact, my theory is that when traveling we do unmeasured exercise and measured eating, while at home we do measured exercise (FitBit, laps, miles) and unmeasured eating (snacking, seconds, buffets). I call that the Road Trip Diet.

lose weight when you travel

walk and explore the sights of Venice Italy

 

lose weight when you travel

… and then share amazing pizza (egg is optional)

5. Eat fresh. Did you know that government agencies outside USA have higher standards for processed foods? Here are some US foods banned in other countries. Even though there is a better quality of packaged foods abroad, a more sensible approach is to simply avoid packages as much as possible. Buy fresh produce (fruit and vegetables), freshly baked bread, local cheeses and meats—from local farmer markets, bakeries, food stores, or prepared food stands. It is so much fun to create your own picnic lunch, which usually results in an unforgettable experience at a fraction of the cost of a restaurant meal.

lose weight when you travel

fresh olives from farmer market in Corsica

 

lose weight when you travel

fresh cheese from farmer market in Corsica

Whether your new year resolution is to lose weight, travel, both, or neither, I hope these 5 ways to lose weight when you travel makes you think differently about food and drink away from home (and at home).

Do you have any other tips to lose weight when you travel?


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11 Responses to “5 Fascinating Ways To Lose Weight When You Travel”

  1. evaecasey January 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

    These are awesome tips! I am traveling and hoping to lose weight as well! I have found that I am snacking SO much less. Though here in Panama it’s been hard to avoid processed foods.

  2. elenasonnino January 4, 2016 at 7:18 am #

    Great tips! I often find I do lose weight when I am traveling because I am definitely moving more – constantly walking/hiking throughout the day.

  3. Paula McInerney January 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    Avoid maple syrup in America and Canada 🙂

  4. BlondeBrunetteTravel January 1, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    I get a perverse pleasure when I travel to a country where I don’t like their cuisine because then I don’t come home with extra pounds packed on!

  5. Michele Herrmann/She Is Going Places December 31, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Good points. I find I’m eating more and more, but trying to walk it off.

    • McCool Travel December 31, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      Happy 2016, Michele. Thank you for the note.

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