On the road or headed to a wedding soon? Here are a few of my tips to help you avoid coming home with unwanted extra baggage.
- Plan ahead. Before leaving town, find out what type of workout facilities your accommodations will have or if there is a nearby park of jogging track. Bring workout clothes to help ensure you'll get off the couch. If there's no workout facility in sight, bring an exercise DVD to play or do 20 minutes of yoga, abs or weights from the comfort of your hotel room.
- Don't deprive yourself. You can enjoy some higher-calorie fare or wedding cake without going overboard. Ask the restaurants to prepare your favorite dishes with a few lower fat ingredients.
- Prepare snacks. If your journey includes a lot of time in the car, be sure to pack some healthy snacks so you aren't forced to eat at all the fast food and convenience shops along the way. For example, I'm bringing sucralose-sweetened yogurt, diet soda, celery, carrots, hummus, grapes and apples to snack on during the trip.
- Don't show up hungry. Try to eat a healthy, well-balanced meal - or even a light snack - before chowing down on higher-fat foods to help curb the appetite.
- Drink in moderation. For every beer you have, drink a glass of water since alcohol tends to dehydrate you. Also, if you're truly worried about the carbs or calories in your cocktail, drink light beer or vodka with diet soda. On average, you'll save about 35 calories per beer bottle switching to the lighter version.
- If the wedding reception features a buffet, try to put only two to three items on the plate at a time, rather than piling it on. Also, avoid the trimmings such as gravy, whipped cream, nuts, butter and cheese. Tasty as it is, it's high in calories.