Diet Tips for Business Travelers

Frequent travel can pack on the pounds, but road warriors can maintain a healthy diet with these tips.

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Politi also recommends checking out airline meal options before your trip, as some of the more specialized options—like meals made specifically for diabetic passengers—are often healthier than the standard choices. You can usually find menus on airline websites and request special meals when booking your ticket.

Order first

Wining and dining clients and colleagues is a major part of business travel. In order to make a good impression, you may feel the need to make reservations at lavish restaurants that serve decadent food. To avoid disrupting your diet, Politi recommends taking charge of the situation. "One of the things that I think works very well is being the first to order," she says. If you allow someone else to take the lead, you may feel obligated to order a meal that's similar to theirs, causing you to fill your belly with calories, fat, and salt. "Ordering first sets the tone of the meal," says Politi. "So when you feel like you may be peer-pressured into ordering something that's not good for you, just have the waiter start with you."

Don't forget to exercise

Just because you're on the move doesn't mean you should leave your exercise routine behind. Katz recommends making sure to stay in hotels with in-house fitness centers and do as you would if you were at home. You can also use any down time while you're in transit to burn calories. Simple exercises like neck and shoulder rolls and ab-strengthening tummy suctions (exhaling all the air out of your lungs and then sucking your tummy back toward your rib cage and holding for a few seconds before inhaling) can help pass the time on long plane or train rides. Katz also recommends taking advantage of long layovers. "Rather than hunkering down at the gate, I go for a walk," he says. "Airports are great places for walking," and provide an opportunity for much-needed exercise.