On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing my best tips to stay lean while traveling, including my personal experiences during my recent trip to Las Vegas for a bachelor party.
If you’re like me, you love to travel.
There’s just something about being in a different city that invigorates me.
Maybe it’s because I feel the need to buy new sneakers in every city I visit.
During my early Live Lean journey, the only thing I found challenging, other than the typical unfriendly nature of the custom officials, was finding ways to stay lean while traveling.
Now, that I’m on Live Lean auto pilot, staying lean while traveling is easy.
It’s traveling with a 2 year old toddler and 3 year old pug that is the hard part.
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So I get it if you’re struggling to stay lean while traveling.
Often times travel equals bad food, alcohol, and lack of physical exercise.
All of these factors can lead to weight gain.
The thought of this can often put a damper on any vacation, especially if you’re just starting your Live Lean journey.
But, if you’re worried about gaining fat while traveling, I have you covered with my 4 best tips to stay lean while traveling.
Just like I recommend eating a big healthy meal before going to a party, you should do the same just before leaving for the airport.
Before I left for a bachelor party in Las Vegas, I ate a PFF style meal, primarily comprised of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.
These are the key nutrients to keep you feeling full, so you can skip on the airport food and airplane snacks that typically contain huge amounts of sodium, refined carbohydrates, and processed fat.
It’s hard enough on your body to sit on an airplane without moving for long periods of time.
Believe me, you’re not doing your body any favors by feeding it typical airplane food.
Plus the price of airplane food is just ridiculous.
This will help keep your calories lower for the travel day, thus giving you a little more room for your vacation meals.
For example, think of your daily calorie allowance and use it on the main meals that you really enjoy.
This may mean skipping your typical snacks so you can enjoy higher calorie dinner meals, or a local treat at lunch.
You can be a little more flexible on your meal frequency during vacation as it’s only for the short-term.
Plus, here’s an example of extending your intermittent fasting window.
If you have an early morning flight, you would stop eating after dinner the night before at 7pm.
You’d then skip breakfast and go the whole flight without eating.
After you land, you can find a healthy restaurant for a solid meal.
Depending on how long your flight was, at this point you could have fasted for up to 24 hours.
After a long day of traveling, the last thing you’ll want to do is hit the gym for a workout.
Most times you’ll be sluggish and will just want to relax.
However, if more about finding ways to increase and maximize your energy, a solid lifting session could be just what you need.
Just think about those awesome feelings you have after every great lifting session at the gym.
This is a perfect time to awaken those groggy and tired muscles from sitting in an airplane seat all day.
Even though you will not feel like doing this, once you complete your warm up and get the blood flowing, you’ll feel great.
Completing compound exercises like these burns a lot of calories and can cause a big rush of energy after your workout.
You could also just go out for a long walk to see all the local sites.
Any type of movement is better than no movement at all.
When on vacation, this is important as your workout will usually be the first thing to skip if you push it to later in the day.
Plus by getting your workout in before all your friends and family are awake, it will reduce the peer pressure to, “just skip your workout, you’re on vacation”.
I recommend you train in a fasted state before breakfast.
Training on an empty stomach can help you burn stored fat for energy since your body is in major fat burning mode before breakfast.
While you’re sleeping, your body is actually burning fat to keep your body functioning.
By skipping breakfast and hitting the gym, you can continue to use fat as a prime energy source during your workout.
Just make sure to eat breakfast right after your workout as your muscles are primed to absorb and put all the calories to work via muscle growth, repair, and recovery.
It’s ok to let loose and have a few drinks of alcohol.
However, make sure you drink one glass of water for every drink.
If you have to go to the bathroom to “sneak in your water” to avoid the peer pressure, do it.
The last thing you want is to wake up with a hangover.
Before going to bed, chug water.
It’s one of the best cures to avoid a hangover.
Because lets be real, nobody wants to workout when they’re hungover.
Plus, your feet are your friend.
Rather than taking an Uber for a 1 mile trip to the shopping mall to buy some fresh new sneakers, walk.
Since I went to Las Vegas with just a backpack, I actually walked from the Las Vegas airport to the Luxor Hotel to get in a few extra steps.
If this is your vacation, these 4 best tips to stay lean while traveling are mainly meant to be kept in the back of your mind.
It’s all about balance.
So if you’re looking for quick, no equipment, follow along workout videos to do while on vacation, check out my Live Lean 15 workout video program.
Not only will you be training right along side of me, the workouts only take 15 minutes to complete.
Here’s a link to the full program.
So think about incorporating a few, if not all of these tips, during your next vacation, but don’t let it control you or take away from your vacation experience.
Traveling and vacations are short-term and are meant to create life long experiences.
When you’re Living Lean, you understand fitness is just one aspect of your journey, it’s not meant to consume your entire life.
So enjoy your vacation!
Thanks for watching and keep Living Lean.
Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.