How I Lost Weight as a Team Truck Driver-The Beginning
My wife and I are team truck drivers, a profession that definitely has it’s problems with obesity due to the obvious lack of physical activity and overeating due to boredom.
How my wife and I each have lost weight and are keeping it off. (37 lbs for me; +25 for her):
I wasn’t planning on losing weight! At only 197 lbs; 5’11” I didn’t really think that I was overweight, although I was with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 27.5, which is in the "overweight" range. My BMI now is, 22.7, which is in the 'Normal Weight" range. I really just wanted to eat better since I have a history of colon cancer and other cancers in my family, and through research found that this way of eating had scientific studies to prove weight loss, reversal of heart disease, reversal of Type 2 Diabetes, as well as prevention of other disease.
This diet doesn't really have a name, such as Atkins or Keto. I guess it is somewhat known as Whole Food Plant-Based or WFPB and is based on research done on populations with the most centurions; people who live to 100 years old and older. I’ve put links to information where I did my research to come to my conclusion to make the change. Basically, you eat anything plant, minimally processed. As you’ll find out by checking the resources I've provided, Whole Food Plant-Based is very difficult to follow on the road. I’d say we’re more Plant-Based Vegan since "Whole Food" means that the food hasn't been processed.
Here’s a quick list of how I QUICKLY went from 197lbs to 160lbs in 21.5 months and have been able to keep it within 1-2 lbs for a year now.
We eat almost exclusively plant-based. No meat; no dairy. Whole Food means no or minimally processed. Living on the road limits these possibilities but as I’m trying to explain you can still make a huge difference.
One example that most would understand would be a burrito from Chipotle. Whole Food; beans, rice, tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole. Yes, I know that guacamole is processed to make it guacamole but it is very little and it has great health benefits.
No EXTRA sugar. By extra I mean, if something has sugar on the label it wouldn't stop me from getting it. I don't know, say tortillas had sugar. I'd still eat that just no ADDED sugar such as, candy or soda pop.
We get minimal exercise living on the road and, as a team still....lost 37 lbs. sometimes fluctuating up to 40 lbs.
No cheese! Again, no dairy. Cheese is extremely fattening and has other health concerns.
THIS ONE CHANGE will make a HUGE difference. There’s cheese in/on everything!!
No extra oil. Salad dressing has a TON of oil in it which translates to a LOT of needless calories. I only use enough to flavor with. Always get it on the side. They will always bring your salad drowning in high calorie salad dressing.
I eat 20-40 grams of dark chocolate a day. I do that in the form of raw cacao powder in Almond mild and a little date syrup, mixed in a NutriBullet. Evidence has shown that cocoa fed to rats DECREASED visceral adipose (abdominal fat) tissue. Other health benefit of eating dark chocolate that I was interested in was increasing nitric oxide levels for endothelium repair. A benefit that I may address in a later post.
Intermittent fasting. (Try to eat all food in an 8 hour window) I eat less because I eat less often.
This alone can cause weight loss of 3-8% over 3-24 weeks.
Eat a handful of nuts each day (between meals) to keep blood sugar from spiking. I try to eat 2 fruits a day. Usually an apple and a banana. Just what’s handy for us.
Guacamole/avocado (good fat) almost every day.
This was all based on my and my Son's research from:
Resources: Many of the books listed also have audiobooks, paperbacks, audio CD's and Kindle available at Amazon.
How not to Die
Dr. Michael Greger, M. D.
How not to Diet
Dr. Michael Greger, M. D
How Not To Die Cookbook
Dr. Michael Greger, M. D
How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It
Dr. Garth Davis, M. D.
The Cheese Trap
How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy
Dr. Neal D Barnard, M. D., FACC
The China Study
T. Collin Campbell, PhD
The China Study, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health.
Mastering Diabetes Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, and Robby Barbaro, MPH
Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse InsulinResistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes
As a driver I love podcasts. What else do you have to do? Drive and learn how to better your health! Download and listen at your convenience. You can actually hear a lot of the information from the authors of the previously listed books as they are being interview on the various shows.