Do you need to lose weight?
Yes, we’ve all been there: you’re crunched for time. The shipper had you waiting in detention for a 4 hours to pick up your load. You’re looking at your hours-of-service ticking on down on the ELD and feeling stressed knowing how many miles you need to make up for with limited on duty driving hours left. You want to be on the interstate before rush hour but first you need fuel: fuel for both your Freightshaker and fuel for your body. You’ve been driving OTR for a decade now and haven’t noticed the pounds adding up. Everytime you go home your wife and kids remark, “Damn, you’re getting fat!” but you don’t notice except when you try putting on your jeans and find they will not button. It was just easier to start wearing sweatpants in the cab and something called stretch denim for those few and far special occasions. Sound familiar?
You’ve got a weight problem. And you’re not the only trucker.
You might have the attitude that you don’t care about your weight but if you are not in your optimal weight range your chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes are high. In an industry like trucking, we are quite susceptible due to the sedentary nature of the job, the lack of exercise, quality nutritious food, stress and desire for stimulation one gets from a greasy cheeseburger or glazed donut. If you hate diets and plans, have a look at the following things that as a rule of thumb will assist in weight loss if you make them habitual.
Planning ahead is your best behavioral change for losing weight. Buy your groceries at Wal-Mart where you know you can park. Prepare your veggie bags. And stay positive. You don’t need to totally eliminate fast food, but start eating more nutritious food.