First year OTR major weight gain

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by Bigguy12, Sep 21, 2021.

  1. Bigguy12

    Bigguy12 Bobtail Member

    Sep 21, 2021
    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.
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  3. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

    Jun 14, 2011
    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.
  4. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    NE illinois
    0 loosing 1-2 kilos per driving week ...gain it all back during weekend :)
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Guzzling cavair & vodka?
  6. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Drink water and soda like this. Zero sugar and no high fructose corn syrup. You can find it at some grocery stores

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  7. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    NE illinois
    Steaks beer and seafood
  8. Shackdaddy

    Shackdaddy Medium Load Member

    Aug 5, 2021
    Become an LTL City Driver. You’ll stay in shape.
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  9. davistev

    davistev Bobtail Member

    Jul 18, 2021
  10. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    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.
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  11. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    Memphis, TN
    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.
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