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**This is part 2 of a 3 part series.  Part 1 is previous post.

Now to the main event that everyone has been waiting for- how do I eat and drink like a king on my work trip but not gain weight or feel like shit?  

At conferences, the reality is, meals progressively get worse throughout the course of the day.  More specifically, you are going to consume the most calories post 5pm between dinner, alcoholic beverages, and late night snacks.  So, doesn't it make sense to eat less earlier in the day to soften the blow?  Here are my favorite tricks:

On my most recent trip, I utilized the below strategies and actually came home two pounds lighter (while eating a ton of pleasurable food and consuming a moderate amount of alcohol).

Skip breakfast
No, it's not the most important meal of the day and no, you aren't going to starve if you don't eat it.  Your body is still busy processing food from the last meal before you went to bed so there are nutrients in your bloodstream.  Some people actually do 10 day water only fasts so I think we can handle 5-6 hours of not eating.  But what about being hungry?  Drinking lots of water when waking up and drinking 2-3 cups of black coffee throughout the morning will blunt even the worst hunger.  So, basically just have your first meal at lunch time.  This allows you to split up your calories over 2-3 meals instead of blowing a big part of your calorie budget on breakfast.   

Be strategic if you have to eat breakfast
Don't get the eggs.  Seriously, the way hotels/restaurants prepare scrambled eggs is the worst (loaded with oil, cheese, and butter).  You want to save all that stuff for later in the day.  Instead, your breakfast should be focused around protein and not on fat and carbs.  So, get a few slices of bacon, ask for an egg white omelette, and have some fruit.  Or, just grab a few bananas.

Use black coffee as a weapon
Black coffee = the most powerful weapon against hunger on the planet (mentioned above).  Save your coffee until you start experiencing hunger later in the morning.  Some artificial sweeteners or milk is fine to throw in.

Lunch
Just like breakfast, you want to focus around protein and save your carbs and fats for what will most likely be a calorie bomb for dinner.  Load up as much lettuce as you can fit on your plate and pile a few palm size servings of whatever protein source is available on top of it (chicken, steak, shrimp, fish, etc).  Feel free to throw in a small treat if you have a sweet tooth.

Enjoy Dinner
If you loosely follow the above guidelines, there should be plenty of calories left over where you don't have to worry about what you have for dinner.

Late Night Cravings
The obvious answer is the avoid the 3am pizza but this can be hard due to peer pressure or alcohol induced hunger.  So, if you must indulge do your best to limit the damage.  That means eat what you want but do it in moderation.  Instead of eating an entire pizza, eat two slices.  Instead of eating a double cheese burger with fries, just get the burger.

Stayed tuned next week for the final installment of this series which is all about alcohol!

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