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How To Avoid Gaining Weight When Traveling

How To Avoid Gaining Weight When Traveling

I’ll be 100% candid with you. I rarely go on vacation, but I travel a lot throughout the year on business. I consider myself a very frequent flyer.

Gaining weight doesn’t have to happen on your next vacation

As a business traveler, I’m either being treated out to food or I’m eating food on the go between meetings and events. This can be really stressful on my system and belt size, but not as much as those of you who enjoy taking vacations. The word “vacation” is synonymous with the word gluttony, which is a fancy way of saying eating too much and gaining weight.  So how can you avoid weight gain when traveling? Let’s talk about it.

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Curb Your Hanger.

As soon as “I’m hungry”, a timer starts counting down. I don’t turn into a big, green angry monster, but I turn into something called hangry. A curious mix of being hungry and angry about being hungry. To thwart this from happening I pack a few healthy snacks in my suitcase. That curbs my hunger enough so I don’t stop to eat at the first place I see, which almost always happens to be fast food. The fastest way to gain weight on vacation is to eat when you’re really hungry. Chances are you’ll end up at some fast food joint where you’ll stuff your face and eating your weekly calorie intake in just on meal. Stop, grab a healthy snack and think your next action through.

Adapt to the Local Time Zone.

Although I relish in the silence of a 16-hour flight and the excitement of the end destination, I never look forward to the jet lag. The most important thing you can do to get your trip started off right is to adjust to the local time right away. This will help you keep a normal eating schedule, which will save you from getting hungry really late at night and trying to search the city for food at ungodly hours.

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The only places that are open at those times are greasy spoon restaurants, where weight gain is imminent.  To avoid this, it’s important to do everything you can to adapt to the local time zone as early as when you board the flight. Set your smartphone to local time, and go by it like clockwork. You can also force your body to adjust to the local time zone during the first day or two at your hotel. Rather than cover the blinds with those heavy curtains, leave them open so you can wake up to the natural sunlight. Mmm…sunshine and regular eating habits.

Stay Hydrated.

If you don’t stay hydrated, you’re going to get tired and irritable much faster. This may not mean a lot when you’re sitting at a desk all day at work, but on a vacation you need all the energy you can muster to enjoy the days ahead.  Staying hydrated also has the direct benefit of stopping you from overeating. Why? The part of your brain that tells you “hey I’m getting hungry” is the same part that says “hey, I’m thirsty!”. By drinking those 8 recommended glasses of water a day, you can avoid the internal debate. Weight gain shut down!

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Use the Amenities.

Bring sneakers, workout gear, and a bathing suit on every single trip. Whether it’s for business or a vacation, always be prepared to have fun. Almost every hotel and resort has a pool, weight room or some kind of gym. If for some reason it doesn’t, visit a gym or yoga joint in the local area and ask them about one-week or one-day trial periods. These kinds of amenities help curb any extra pounds you may be adding on when ordering fancy drinks or larger portions.  If you have to, book the time off in your schedule to hit these amenities up. You time is just as important as exploration time.

Plan Ahead.

When traveling, there’s always less time to think about where you can eat well and exercise. With the power of the internet, you can plan way ahead to know where the best places are to eat healthily and the places to avoid. Many times vacationers leave this planning to when they arrive, but no one wants to plan while their on vacation. Don’t kid yourself. Plan for the food and fun ahead of time so you can be as busy or as lazy as you want to be when you get there.

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Christopher Columbus It.

Mr. Columbus may not have had sneakers or even hiking boots, but that didn’t stop him from having one heck of an adventure. The greatest part about going to somewhere new is seeing and exploring it. Unless you’re a food blogger, I highly recommend you spend your travel budget on experiences instead of just fancy food. Climb a mountain, see that monument, and scuba dive with the fish! These are the types of memories you can share with you family for years to come, and you’ll likely leave with stronger muscles and a looser pant size. If all you do is sit on your butt all day drinking fancy drinks and divulging on fatty foods, it’s not a vacation as much as it is a war on your body and wellness.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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