Dieting While Traveling Using Weight Watchers

by Chris on January 24, 2011

I find myself always having difficulties dieting while traveling. That’s why I’m using Weight Watchers now, so I can count points and stay on track while I’m on the road.

dieting while traveling

There are few things more difficult than dieting while traveling. You’re grabbing food on the go in airports. You’re eating out most of your meals. Plus it’s hard to escape that feeling of “hey, you’re on vacation! Another pina colada please!” Unfortunately, that kind of attitude has packed on the pounds for me in the past few years.

But it’s never too late to stop the spread. Shortly after I wrote my 2011 Resolution post, in which I mentioned weight loss as one of my priorities, Weight Watchers contacted me to see if I’d give their new Points Plus weight loss system a try. I had to laugh, as I had already started the program at Thanksgiving. I’m proud to report that I’ve lost 8 pounds so far using the program, most of it over the difficult holiday season.

I chose Weight Watchers because I’ve done the program successfully in the past. I also like their food tracking system, which you can use on your computer and mobile phone (I’m just not a meeting type). What’s nice about the Points Plus program is that fruits and veggies are considered “0 points,” which encourages you to choose healthy foods.

So far I’ve survived three out of town trips while on the program. Sometimes where you stay can help your resolve: I actually lost weight while staying at Tempo Miami: A RockResort becuase I took advantage of the fruit in the lobby and the small plate meals at their restaurant, Amuse. My weight stayed stable in Easter Island becuase I chose fish at most meals. (the curry buffet at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria did me in Christmas, however).

I’ve committed to doing WW for the next year. If you want to try it along with me, Weight Watchers is offering a free two-week trial to my readers (the info is below). Who knows, maybe an ad hoc support gropu will come out of it. Critical mass can help us lose critical mass :)

To give you an opportunity to experience Weight Watchers® yourself, Weight Watchers is offering a 14-day Free Trial to Weight Watchers Online. The offer ends on 1/26/2011. After the free trial, you will be charged for a 3-month subscription unless you cancel before the trial ends. After the first 3 months, subscription automatically renews monthly at standard rules. Click Here to sign up today.

Thanks to Weight Watchers, which has given me a free three-month subscription.

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Lisa V March 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Curious to know how it is going with Weight Watchers and travel… I am in Costa Rica – tons of great fruit, vegetables and seafood, but my friend gave us some traditional sweets and I am at a loss how to count them…

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Chris March 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

@Lisa – Well….I wish I could say that I’ve had radical WW success. But New Orleans got in the way. :)

I have been a little more conscious about what I eat on the road. In NOLA, I actually only gained a pound, which is amazing considering all the rich food we ate. I do try to walk more when I’m on the trips to make up for the extra calories. I have a trip to a wine and food festival in Argentina coming up, and I’m planning to handle it by eating fewer carbs and more protein. I’m also trying to stay on plan in between trips, so I can develop healthy habits.

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Bill Germanakos May 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Hey, thanks for your article, which I thought was a perfect eye-opener for anyone that thinks that just because they’re traveling, that they can fall off the wagon. I know with WW, it’s all about the points. For us Biggest Losers, it’s about the calories… but it’s all the same. For close to four years now, I’ve been traveling extensively, and am always mindful of calories and portion sizes as I know how easy it would be to over eat. That is how I’ve been able to maintain most of my weight loss, despite more than a million miles traveled. So, thank you again for your article. I will post a link to it on my own blog-site: http://www.Staying-Healthy-Travelpro.com. Bill Germanakos, Winner – season 4 – NBCs The Biggest Loser

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