First year OTR major weight gain

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

  1. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    SW FLA
    I don’t have a zero calorie diet but I have 1-2 of the Vade drinks. With almond milk they taste like a chocolate shake but I usually just use cold water

    Snacks are more of the beef jerky and the mixed nut bags. Probably not 100% health but not Doritos

    I almost never buy soda
    Chips once in awhile

    Limit my beer and bread intake and I try to eat during a 30 minute break mid day or after my first 5 hours of driving then I’m not hungry when I stop which keeps me out of the TS and from just eating to eat

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  3. rpad139

    rpad139 Heavy Load Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    Processed foods...
  4. Ffx95

    Ffx95 Road Train Member

    May 18, 2017
    It’s the fast food and all the soda. Especially the soda that stuff will blow you up especially if you’re sitting on your butt driving 10 hours a day followed by staying in the sleeper berth 8-10 hours.
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  5. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    NE illinois
    I am just out of curiosity what is your food chain looks like during work ?!
    I always loose 2-3 pounds per 4-5 working days . I normally eat fruit and yogurt first part of the day , second part subway/McDonald's/KFC/pizza what ever is on the way once a day ....finding Panera bread is priceless ...drink only water and coconut water ...cant get rid of energy drink ( monster or red bull and the smallest one usually 3 times a week , i just like the taste - dont really need energy to drive or work ) , but when im back home - party starting with steaks , lamb chops , sushi , beer etc . Im 6'6" and 220lbs just shy of 40 holding up good so far !:)
  6. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    I’m living proof you can truck drive full time OTR, eat good food, lose weight and even get in shape if you want.

    My formula for this is simple. Keep your fridge and dry pantry area loaded with healthy food. I’ve found that wanting to snack while driving is usually out of boredom. Don’t really matter what it is as long as your snack and something so you might as well snack on like some veggie chips or nuts or even carrot sticks. That deals with the snacking urges…

    as for exercise, it all depends on my sleeping. If I’m getting good sleep I can drive 600 miles and get out and walk 5 miles and even lift some weights that I bring on the truck. If I’ve been getting crappy sleep, the exercise gets postponed. But I get it in religiously on average 4-5 days a week.

    I find I’ll start eating crappy and gaining weight when I run out of my own food to cook on the truck. That’s when I start eating crap. Stop at Walmart 1-2 times a week and buy real groceries.

    when you’re done driving, I’ll admit it’s hard to get motivated to get out and do some exercise but trust me when you do? You’ll feel so much better. You just have to force yourself.
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  7. Val_Caldera

    Val_Caldera Road Train Member

    Apr 2, 2021
    Weighed around 210-225 at 6' 1" and and age 59 in '17 when I quit O.T.R.
    Road "diet" was towards "die".
    Sugary snacks, Drinks (off/on mountain pew), Gatorade (excess Salt, now Gatorade ZERO at very little), Good Exercise When was Driving as I preferred the Furthest Fuel Lane as well Parking "Out Back" & walking around the Tricky Truck Stops, Daytime Hours.
    Since ending OTR, Local Work afforded better exercising, lotsa Drop-n-Hooks, Multi-stop offloading.
    Did Yard Switcher Work as well other temp "assignments" for a couple years, 2 "services" till early '19.
    Weight dropped to 160ish.
    Scaled couple days back near 170 and not anywhere near the "exercise" of Full/Part Time Trucking yet as stated earlier, walking about the House/Home HELPS!
    Have a wee bit of belly and small "handlebars" yet I'm in no "look at me" program.

  8. MetroPlex

    MetroPlex Bobtail Member

    Jan 12, 2022
    Kennesaw, GA
    I would like to learn more about this.
  9. MetroPlex

    MetroPlex Bobtail Member

    Jan 12, 2022
    Kennesaw, GA
    Part of the appeal of sodas, at least for me, is the carbonation. So I get cans of seltzer, which is just carbonated water and I add a small amount of juice or lemon juice for flavor if need be. So I still get the satisfaction of carbonation without all the bad stuff.
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  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    cut out the soda and potato chips at the very least... its hard to find real healthy food on the road in the form of a meal, but you can atleast control what you buy for snacks... try replacing the soda with coconut water. most truck stops sell it. it is very hydrating, more so than gateorade and water. and healthy for you... replace chips with peanuts and trail mix, granola bars etc... for me thats the hardest. theres nothing better than staring out the windshield , and munching on some chips just enjoying life.
  11. born&raisedintheusa

    born&raisedintheusa Road Train Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    Wichita KS
    @Powder Joints
    What's wrong with bananas?

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    Over the mountains, through the woods, into the valleys, coast to coast, from sea to shining sea - truck drivers can and do go anywhere and everywhere, every day, every night, all year round.
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