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The Truth About Abs
by Mike Geary, Best-Selling Fitness Author

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I've been traveling a lot for business in the last year, and I've noticed that most people totally fall off their fitness routines while traveling...

In fact, eating out at restaurants frequently is one of the biggest reasons why so many people fatten up while traveling. It's almost impossible to eat healthy when you dine out, UNLESS you follow a couple simple tricks that I use to make every restaurant meal healthier, reduce calories, and not lose control.

Here are a few tricks you can use to eat healthier and stay lean even while traveling on business or eating out any time for that matter.

The 3 most important things to avoid that are EVERYWHERE at restaurants are:

  • the deep fried foods

  • the refined starchy foods

  • and any sodas, juices, or other sugary foods (except whole fruits, which are great)

  • This eliminates the major food sources that do the worst damage in our food supply - the evil trans fats, refined vegetable oils, refined starches, and processed sugars.

    This means trying to skip the table bread, skipping the french fries (that come with every single sandwich on every menu known to man!), and reducing all of the heaping portions of rice and pasta that are often loaded onto the plates as well.

    Instead, try to order just meat, side vegetables, and a salad, asking for the vegetables or salad as a substitute for the typical fries, rice, or pasta that the meal probably comes with.

    Almost every restaurant I've ever been to will always allow me to substitute veggies or a side salad for the fries or chips that almost always come with sandwiches or burgers.

    Side note: It always amazes me how many people scrutinize me because I substitute veggies for fries by telling me that I'm "not living" because I won't eat fries...

    Yet they are always the first to complain that they are overweight and have "tried everything", yet can't get in ...    Continue

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    @ 10:19am ET on June 15, 2010 You are soooo right! I have to travel a lot for work so that means eating out. Even in situations where I am at a meal that I don't get to choose the menu these tips work! I always carry kashi bars and fruit with me so I always have an alternative. I also order club soda with lime when I need something 'special' to drink!
    Thanks for this - I hope everyone takes it to heart!!!!
    Patty
    @ 12:39pm ET on September 20, 2010 I don't know if there is such a thing, but I think I have fried food intolerance. If I have fried food of any kind or the skin from poultry I get horrible painful gas, so I have been substituting salads for fries for years. I also specify "no cheese, no dressing" on my salads because that pre-shredded cheese some restaurants use is full of nasty anti-caking agents and the dressing could be anything.
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