You’re cutting down to reach your goals, but suddenly find yourself in a foreign country with no preparations and/or idea of what and how to eat? What do you do?
In this article I want to share a few of my tips and tricks I use to still reach my goals with flexible dieting while travelling.
Before I start, I would like to mention that fitness is a huge part of my life and I really enjoy manipulating my diet to see results. Noticed the way I said huge part instead of my life?
Fitness is supposed to enhance your life, not take over it! That is why I would never shy away from a little trip or holiday because there might not be a gym around, or scales to weigh out my food.
Increase your metabolic output
You can eat anything you want, as long as you burn more calories than you consume.
This shouldn’t be a problem, as you are in a new city/country. Surely you want to go sightseeing?
Do as much walking as possible. This is cheaper and healthier than constantly getting a taxi or the underground. In addition to that, you get to see much more of the city by foot!
I have talked about Intermittent Fasting in loads of my videos! First up, it gives you loads more room for calories later in the day. Because let’s face it, even the most controlled dieter can put away 1,000 calories at a breakfast buffet without trying.
Secondly, skipping breakfast also means I can get out in whatever city I’m visiting, and watch the locals go about their morning routine.
There’s something amazing about watching a strange city wake up. At home, we’re so involved in our own actions every morning, or stressing about the day ahead, that we don’t take time to stop and take stock of the world around us.
So, skip breakfast, head out, grab a coffee and sit and watch the world go by instead.
Apply the IIFYM approach.
IIFYM stands for ‘If It Fits Your Macros’ and is also known as flexible dieting. The name itself already explains it; it’s a flexible diet approach where you look at the composition of food instead of the food itself. In other words, you look at the macronutrients, micronutrients and fibres.
With this approach, you can eat almost any product and/or meal provided it fits into your macronutrient ratios. This way you don’t have to worry about eating ‘healty’,’organic’ foods. You just aim for certain macronutrient ratios and not worry about the rest.
What I like to do is get my protein from easy snacks like yoghurt and protein bars, and save my carbs and fats for when I eat out. This way I can enjoy a nice pasta/pizza or even sushi without worrying about my protein intake.
As great as being lean is, life matters more, so enjoy yourself!
That being said, I 100% believe it is possible to maintain your physique (and even get leaner) when travelling, while still having a great time!
If you want to see how I apply all these rules and how I go about nutrition while travelling, watch my latest video called: How to do IIFYM while travelling in Berlin.