Secrets for Staying Slim on the Road

But getting a workout in is only half the battle. It can be tough to eat healthy meals when the familiar routine of your home turf is supplanted by a chorus line of calorie-laden temptations that come in the form of late-night room service, drinks with clients and catered breakfast meetings.

Again, convenience is king. That's what prompted Don Ruttenberg to expand a diet-conscious meal delivery service all across the U.S. and parts of Canada.

You can have Zone meals (www.inthezonedelivery.com) — the popular diet that breaks down to 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat — delivered anywhere in the country for as low as $39.99 a day.

Alternatively, Heart Healthy meal delivery service (www.healthyheartmealsusa.com) will provide you with three squares of low-fat, portion-controlled goodness starting at $19.99 a day — again, delivered to your hotel room, home or office. You specify. And you can change it up.

"We'll deliver to you in Chicago on Monday and Seattle on Tuesday," Ruttenberg said of the program's flexibility. "All meals are made the day before and shipped overnight via Fed Ex using special airtight packaging to keep the meals fresh."

To keep items cold, they're shipped in cooler packaging with frozen bottles of water to keep temperatures crisp. "So every meal comes with a bottle of water as well," Ruttenberg said.

In both cases, fees vary depending on your location and how many days you sign up for.

The Zone deliveries are popular with celebs like Tony Shaloub ("Monk") and Colin Mochrie ("Whose Line Is It Anyway?"), with menu choices like crab-stuffed sole with Italian-style broccoli and portobello mushroom cous cous.

Heart Healthy deliveries are a bit more affordable, since "they focus more on portion control and we can use certain low-fat grains that don't work for the 40-30-30 ratio of the Zone diet," Ruttenberg said. Lunch might be Asian turkey chili or a Middle Eastern chicken and grilled vegetable salad.

Either way, healthy meal options are just a click away. And you'll save yourself any deliberation over the room service menu. Or any menu, for that matter.

Business trips may uproot you from your routine, but not necessarily from your lifestyle. With minimal fuss, you may even lose a pound or two by the time you get back to your own pillow.

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