Weight Loss and Travel – 3 Tricks I Use

Weight Loss and Travel – 3 Tricks I Use

Travel can be tricky when you’re trying to lose weight. Now that my husband and I are empty-nesters, we find ourselves traveling more often. In this post, I’ll share three tricks we use to keep our weight on track while traveling. 

Weight Loss and Travel – 3 Tricks I Use [Video]

In this video, you’ll learn…

  • The benefit of intermittent fasting while traveling.
  • Helpful mindsets that keep you on track.
  • Steps to take towards a healthy diet year-round.

Three Tips for Travel Success

Successful weight loss requires a lot of focus, but when you travel, you lose your normal routine.

To stay on track, I find it helpful to limit my focus to three areas, spreading out my eating times, increasing my physical activity, and holding onto a beneficial mindset. 

1. Spread Out Your Eating

Spreading out my eating has proven to be very helpful. It allows my blood sugar to drop to a low level, which is a state that favors fat burning.

When possible, I limit my meals to two a day. The two meals I choose to eat will vary.

For instance, if I’m staying at a hotel that offers a complementary breakfast, I take advantage of it, eat a large, low-carb breakfast and then wait until dinner to eat again. If it works to skip breakfast, I have lunch and dinner only for that day. 

intermittent fasting and travel

This idea of spreading out your eating occasions is commonly referred to as intermittent fasting.

If you wish to incorporate this strategy into your vacation, you will find it much easier to do if you follow a low-carb, high-fat diet for at least a few weeks before your vacation starts.

This way of eating stabilizes your blood sugar, which prevents cravings as well as that intense hunger that comes on quickly and practically forces you to eat.

While you still may experience some hunger when you spread out your meals, the hunger will come on gradually and then taper off so you never feel out of control.

2. Increase Physical Activity

I also like to focus on increasing my physical activity. I don’t mean hitting the gym while I’m on vacation, I simply mean focusing on moving more.

My favorite form of moving while traveling is walking.

Wherever we are, my husband and I make a point of walking to destinations whenever possible. It is the best way to see the sights, whether you’re on a beach, in the woods, or touring a new town.

For example, my husband and I often visit my mother-in-law and stay at her home. In the mornings, we go for a long walk to a favorite coffee shop.

It takes us at least 30 minutes each way, which is a great way to get our bodies moving. It is also the perfect way for my husband to reconnect with the wonderful Midwest town that he grew up in.

prioritize movement on vacation for weight control

3. Hold onto a Beneficial Mindset

There is nothing more important than having a beneficial mindset when you are on vacation.

Your mindset has the power to make you overeat or keep you on track. 

For instance, if you go into a vacation with the mindset that, “I am on vacation, so I deserve to splurge,” that’s fine, but you will have a lot of work to do when you get home.

Instead, if you go into your vacation with the mindset, “I’m leaving my options open, but I want to feel good,” you give yourself some flexibility without feeling trapped by your diet.

That focus on feeling good while traveling has been a godsend to me.

mindset for weight control on vacation

Special Treats on Vacation?

If you follow my blog, you know that I follow a low-carb diet.

If you do the same, you have likely experienced the wonderful side-effects that come with the diet that include very manageable hunger, a noticeable reduction in joint pain, and restful sleep.

I don’t want to lose those things while I’m on vacation, so I allow special treats, but only if they are a true desire.

For instance, when my husband and I visit the beach, we enjoy Kohr Brothers ice cream. We can only get it at the beach, we love it, and we eat it guilt-free. Because it is a single indulgence that is included as part of one of my two meals for the day, it doesn’t impact how I feel overall.

special treats on vacation

This same philosophy can be used when you are not in control of what is being served.

For instance, on our last visit to my mother-in-law’s, she proudly served us a strawberry and rhubarb pie. Typically, I would have passed on the dessert, but it was a show of love. I knew that because I was eating only two meals and walking a lot, I was able to be gracious and flexible without feeling bad. 

Conclusion: Weight Loss & Travel

Being able to travel is a blessing and it does not have to derail your weight loss plan.

You will feel your best when you prime your body for success and that is done by eating a low-carb, high-fat diet when you are in your normal, at-home routine.

If you’re not sure how to do that, I invite you to learn about my Freedom Health Program, where you gain an understanding of the diet and get all of the meal plans, recipes, and tools you need to make it work in your life. Thanks for reading and I will see you next week!

5 thoughts on “Weight Loss and Travel – 3 Tricks I Use

  1. Thank you, Dr. Becky, for the great plan for staying on track with my meals while on vacation! We are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in Italy, and the two meal a day plan will work well! I’ve been following the low-carb high-fat way of eating and am primed and ready for the adventure of walking the cobbled streets and hills of Italy and indulging on a special treat every now and then without guilt!

  2. Of all the advice out there (and there is quiet a bit) yours is the best. I have been following you and your husband this year and your look personal and professional keeps getting better and better. I will be 75 in December, and had a double bypass two years ago. I started keto last December and lost 30 pounds by May. I went from a size 14 to an 8 but I seem to be at a holding place right now, but I enjoy this way of eating and living. Thank you for all your advice.

  3. Thanks so much for this video! When my husband and I travel we do only eat two meals, and we do walk a lot, but what I was missing was the low carb/high fat eating two weeks before and keeping the indulgences to what I truly will enjoy, not just eating or drinking because we’re on vacation. We’ve been trying to be more consistent with low carb/high fat.

  4. I have seen my fair share of videos, but I love yours the most Dr Becky.
    I love the way you simply plans , and as I am trying to follow Keto with intermittent Fasting I am grateful for all the knowledge you share.
    Thank you,
    Odette
    Toronto, Canada

  5. Dear Becky, as I leave for vacation how does intermittent fasting work if you do not have a regular sleep time can this still work for me…. I am on your freedom plan just havent figured out how to ask you a question in there … hopping to get a chance to see what you have to say on this Kristiana Hackett

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