New to this site and Im embarrassed to even have to ask about this and I'm hoping some other people can relate. Recently had a physical after my first year of OTR. I have gained over 145lbs in that time span. I knew I put on some weight but never thought that much. I guess I was in denial. Did this happen to anyone their first year? How much did you gain and what did you do to combat it? I'm afraid I might have to look for a new profession if I can't get a handle on things.
First year OTR major weight gain
Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by Bigguy12, Sep 21, 2021.
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It's inevitable to gain weight driving a truck, if you don't watch what you eat and don't exercise. Cut out all the fast food and concentrate on eating things that have a minimal amount of carbs. A good start would be to eliminate bread from your diet, which is hard to do, but it forces your body to use fat as a fuel source. Eliminate sugar as well, as it's poison when you get right down to it.
So what to eat then? Hard boiled eggs. I usually hit a Walmart and buy a pack of 6 near the deli area for about $2. I will buy them at Love's if I don't have a choice, never at Pilot, as they are overpriced.
Peanuts are cheap and good for you, if you don't have an allergy to them.
Bananas are great
Drink a lot of water, but not so much that you have to stop every 2 hours.
As for canned food on the truck, I stock up on sardines, lots of sodium, but no carbs. Flush out that salt with lots of water.
As a treat, I eat organic peanut butter straight out of the container with a butter knife!
When you park for the night, try to walk around for 30 minutes.
Most of the food available on a truckers route and place of operation is of no value nutritionally. Start taking an interest in reading labels and doing your own research. Trucking is a sedentary job, mostly, and is not healthy to begin with because of that.
Your health is the most important thing you have, when it goes, everything goes with it.truckerman75103, Radman, D.Tibbitt and 10 others Thank this.
...im loosing 1-2 kilos per driving week ...gain it all back during weekendD.Tibbitt, slim shady, Bigguy12 and 1 other person Thank this.
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Become an LTL City Driver. You’ll stay in shape.
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- Jun 26, 2020
What are you doing to gain weight? I'm literally in the opposite camp. I've lost 35 lbs in the last year, and didn't have much to lose to begin with. Feels like I'm eating all the time.
bryan21384 Road Train Member
- Sep 18, 2009
It happens. I've gained about 100 lbs in 12 years driving, I'd say it came in the last 7 years though. I know I don't always eat the best, and I drink a decent amount of beer lol. What will get a trucker in some trouble is if he is a major foodie. I can be, but I have to discipline myself. They say eat multiple meals and small portions, and you'll be just fine.Bigguy12 Thanks this.
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