My Weight being a problem?

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by Christensen, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Christensen

    Christensen Light Load Member

    May 24, 2011
    West Palm Beach, Fl.
    I am 38 yaers old, and I'm not a small guy. I have a large frame and wiegh in at 240...Now I have heard that companies won't hire you being over wieght, and some say it doesn't matter.. What do I believe? I have seen alot bigger guys driving than me. I thought I would ask anyway.
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  3. Nashville Driver

    Nashville Driver Medium Load Member

    Aug 9, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    How tall are you my friend? I just recently lost 100 lbs, weight has always been an issue....but all this sitting in a truck and no activity did its add a bad diet and boom! I'm pushng 50, and I did it more for my health then anything. Many companys will hire you with a weight problem as long as you dont have any health issues out of control, like high BP or Sugar issues in the blood or urine.......if you do just get it under control under the advice of a good doctor. Now if your BMI exceeds certain levels or your neck size is large you may need a sleep study.......but dont let that deter you. Trucking is hard work, and it has its days........but with the right attitude its a great way to earn a living.
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  4. Christensen

    Christensen Light Load Member

    May 24, 2011
    West Palm Beach, Fl.
    I am 5'10...I do use bp meds, I would love to lose the wieght but I am on some meds that keep me big...I have tattooed for 12-13 years and not exercised after 35 the wieght started to pile on...I do believe I have Sleep issues...I have a year to gt it in check i guess..
  5. NewNashGuy

    NewNashGuy Road Train Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    US and Canada
    Heck just do a lot of walking, jog until you get tired, walk again to catch your breath, and eat plain popcorn cooked in olive oil and you will lose weight fast.

    Maybe even ask a local gym if they can allow you to use their suana as a guest. I have always been around 200 pounds at 6'3" but once I ate bacon and eggs for breakfast everyday and ate a lot of chicken and bench pressed a lot and I shot up to 270 pounds and I wasn't a fat slob I looked like buffed linebacker with a gut. Everywhere I went people referred to me as big man and I would walk through crowds and tough guys would move out of my way, it was funny lol.

    I wanted to see how it would be like to be a big guy for once as in high school people called me skinny even though I was 200 pounds which I will never understand. That is when I developed high blood pressure though so I lost 50 pounds in three months from nonstop cardio everyday and eating popcorn and small amounts of chicken.

    Now I am 31 years old and back down to 205 - 210 range since that seems to be my natural weight. Just letting you know that it is possible to lose if you just push yourself for a short period of time.
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  6. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    I think anyone can lose weight who has the desire. Cut your portions and watch what you eat. Cut down on the carbs and the pounds will melt off. I am at about the same weight today as I was over 30 years ago. I am 6'2" and 200 pounds. I am not fat. When I am on the road I will often have a nice omelet with fruit instead of potatoes. If you want to lose the go on a low carb diet. I guarantee that you will lose weight. Carbs are basically anything white such as potatoes, pasta, bread, etc., Walk when you can. After dinner or breakfast, take a brisk walk to get your metabolism moving. Eating the right combination of foods will energize your body and encourage it to lose weight. Carriers still hire those who are over weight. The feds want to use a BMI index to determine whether drivers need to take a sleep apnea test before being allowed to drive a commercial vehicle.
  7. Bumpy

    Bumpy Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2009
    New Ulm,MN
    I have never heard of that one,"The Popcorn Diet"?:biggrin_2556: There may be $$$$ to be made.:biggrin_2559:
  8. Jumbo

    Jumbo Road Train Member

    Sep 4, 2009
    Appleton, Wisconsin
    When the Adkins Diet was first out I went on it just following the basics of it and went from 275 down to 215 in six months. After my divorce I went back up to 260 and I am slowly taking it back off now. I eat at buffets but only eat the meat, veggies and salad. I started again August first and I am down 6 pounds this month.
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  9. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    Many people think sleep apnea isn't really that serious. Truth is it throws your general health out of whack. You go long enough untreated like I did, your thyroid starts to die and you can't control your weight. Then your hormones are out of balance and even more stuff happens because your body is not working the way it should be. Then comes the diabetes because your pancreas and liver health is poor from the previous problems.

    I would get a sleep study done and have the doctor check your TSH level to see how your thyroid is doing. Once you have the medical stuff under control, the healthier lifestyle like others mentioned will get your body back where it should be. It's a whole package you have to address.
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  10. bigjoel

    bigjoel Road Train Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Houston, Tx
    They got guys out there at 400 lbs plus.

    You'll do just fine.
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  11. Dispatchking

    Dispatchking Bobtail Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    Mason, Ohio

    What exactly is the "adkins diet", did you mean ATKINS DIET Mr All Knowing? Fad diets do not work for the long run, eat smart/healthy and get 30 mins of exercise per day.....translation, take a nice walk during your required break and put down the twinkies and sodas
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