I travel a lot, which makes it hard to keep my calories in check when I’m on the road. Meals from airport lounges, local restaurants or in-room dining is one of the hardest challenges that anyone trying to curb calories can face. Research shows that every meal eaten out boosts your chances of being overweight.
One of the worst diet wreckers of all are the hot-from-the-oven gooey chocolate chip cookies that many hotel chains offer upon check-in. Most people get to the hotels exhausted from traveling all day and the aroma of the cookies is hard to turn down.
Here’s what often happens to me when I’m offered a cookie:
My body wants it, thinks I “deserve” it for having to travel, I say I really am hungry because I haven’t had a real meal
My brain, thankfully, says no, rationalizing that it’s not worth the 300+ calories of essentially sugar and fat. Brain wins: I check in without a hotel cookie in hand.
That’s one battle one and saves me some 310 calories.
–1 package of Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies, 280 calories
–3 Mega-Tootsie Rolls, 150 calories
–1 package Planter’s Peanuts, 170 calories
–1 Kings Snack Mix, 280 calories
–A Diet Coke (why?), 0 calories
Total: 880 calories
I know most travelers would eat the cookie at check-in then proceed to eat most or all of the in-room snacks. Together, they would provide nearly 1200 calories–more than half of the calories women need in an entire day!
Now, I don’t want hotels to take the cookies and treats away from the millions of travelers who love them, but I for one would prefer some lower-calorie, healthier treats.
How about a fruit cup, a container of Greek yogurt, a snack pack of baby veggie with dip? Can’t hotel chains help travelers like me who struggle to get a single serving of produce many days when I’m on the road? I would kindly frequent any hotel chain that had some better-for-me treats.
Does this bother anyone else? Would I be the only person eating healthier treats in my hotel room?