When did you start putting on the pounds?

I'm a college student right now, and if you're like me, you were able to go through a lot of your childhood and teenage years eating whatever the fuck you wanted without being worried about getting fat (thank you, high metabolisms). But I'm getting older, still eating lots of junk in college, and am looking to get into banking. From what I've heard, banking diets consist of a shitload of Seamless and the like, and that doesn't exactly sound very healthy.

I'm pretty curious: How much weight do people gain when they get into banking, if at all? That being said, at what point did you guys start realizing that you've been getting fat as fuck and need to stop eating whatever looks good? How did you deal with it?

Any stories?

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Apr 3, 2018

Seamless NYC is plenty healthy - it just depends on your choice.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 3, 2018

Never go up in pant size. Your options are now to stay fit or stay home.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Apr 3, 2018

I gained maybe 25 pounds in 2 years. Def was not the greatest, but oh well. After I finished banking I got back into fitness and I am down about 50 lbs from my peak and back into triathlons.

Apr 3, 2018

Wow, that's been a really great turnaround. looking back, how hard would it have been to avoid those 25 pounds during the banking years? Anything you could've or should've done?

Apr 3, 2018

Just work out. I didn't realize how bad things were getting until they were all of a sudden bad. Don't worry as much about food, but be aware of it. Get to the gym as often as you can.

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Apr 3, 2018

I started getting fat my sophomore year.
GF told me she was pregnant 3 days after I turned 18, which was a week before Freshman year began. I could still hit the gym 3-5 days a week after class and work and we often went together during her pregnancy. Son was born during Finals week of 2nd semester after 2 days of labor. My Women's History teacher let me forgo my final and just gave me an A so I could spend the time with my family. After that gym trips slowly came to a stop. I gained 75 pounds by Senior year.
I recently started working out again, and began developing a healthier relationship with food so that I won't pack on the pounds in the event I have to miss some time at the gym.

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Apr 5, 2018

bizarre

Apr 10, 2018

Are you at Jefferies?

Apr 10, 2018

No. I work for a relatively unknown firm. My firm has only been mentioned a handful of times in the history of WSO.

Apr 3, 2018

Just going to the gym even when you don't feel like it and doing a light workout for 30 minutes will save you tremendously. I'm talking like walking on the treadmill at an incline until you break a light sweat. Anything will help, nothing will make you feel terrible and feed into the cycle of wanting to eat sh*tty food just to "feel better"... which makes you feel terrible ... and continues forever.

You could see a dietitian every month or two also and have them work with you on a diet that suits your lifestyle/work schedule. My insurance covers a dietitian visits for no co-pay and I can go as often as I want.

Eat healthy every opportunity you have, with the knowledge in the back of your mind that there might be some instances in which you don't have much of a choice as far as healthy options.

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Apr 3, 2018

As much as it sucks not being able to eat whatever you want, look at it a an opportunity to practice self control.

At a certain point in life, you're going to have to learn to control self and not to wild at every chance you (though once in a while is okay), be it food, money, drinking or women.

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Apr 5, 2018

You can manage women too depending on your skills.

Work hard, work clean, & most of all do not give up.

Apr 3, 2018

I'm approaching 30 and I can still eat whatever I want. I believe I have gone from a 28 waist to a 30 waist since HS.

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Apr 3, 2018

Haha yeah I feel that, it's gonna catch up to us one day or another though

Apr 5, 2018
BobTheBaker:

I'm approaching 30 and I can still eat whatever I want. I believe I have gone from a 28 waist to a 30 waist since HS.

I was free to do what I wanted until 30. Could keep a six pack with barely even working out and eating whatever (although I was never a terrible eater as I don't snack or drink soda). After 30 I gained ~35 pounds. Have since clawed back about 20 of those pounds, but I want to get back below the 35 pound gain as my muscle mass isn't what it was (am 40 now).

Apr 5, 2018

In High School, I was only 165 pounds. When I started IB, I was 190 pounds. Within a year I gained 30 pounds. The fattest was at 235 pounds. Lost it all when I decided to stop eating carbs - back to 175 pounds. Now gained back again around 200 pounds. Looking to stay around 185 pounds. I am 32 years old.

Apr 5, 2018
Naoki Hanzawa:

In High School, I was only 165 pounds. When I started IB, I was 190 pounds. Within a year I gained 30 pounds. The fattest was at 235 pounds. Lost it all when I decided to stop eating carbs - back to 175 pounds. Now gained back again around 200 pounds. Looking to stay around 185 pounds. I am 32 years old.

Doesn't mean much without height, but it sounds like you're 5'10" - 5'11".

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 10, 2018

no carbs is huge.

Apr 5, 2018

I am 5' 11".

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Apr 5, 2018

Gained about 35. Alcohol is what got me. I tried to do everything (worked out hard, ate right) for 3 years but I didn't give up the alcohol and I couldn't lose but a few pounds. I was only drinking vodka sodas and wine - not beer - didn't matter.

Recently began to seriously minimize drinking (only special occasions and even then only one or two)...next thing I knew I was shedding pounds even with lighter workouts and a reasonable but not overly lean diet. Now down about 15 from top weight and I'm not stopping anytime soon.

Everyone is different but if you get on alcohol kick - I think it negates a lot of the good things the monkeys are posting above

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Apr 5, 2018

Yah but who wants to do that :|

Apr 5, 2018

I was a college track & field athlete and therefore never had to worry about working out on my own time. Started at an EB in NY and within ~6 months of seamless, late nights, and never going to the gym had successfully gained 25 pounds and realized that it was not sustainable. I have lost about half of that and working to continue to slowly drop back down to my college weight.

Best advice for losing / maintaining a healthy weight:

  • Avoid excess amounts of alcohol when you can
  • Try to workout (weights) at least 2-3 times a week and do cardio 3-4 times a week (even if it's only 20-30 minutes)
  • Cut out processed foods / foods that are loaded with sugar
  • Keep a snack around your desk to help you kick your cravings (I've used almonds for years)
  • Weigh yourself once a week on the same day to track your progress over time
  • If you can have a friend to do some type of workout challenge with you, I've found this to be the most effective for staying on the grind
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Apr 5, 2018

i was a track athlete myself and do the exact things you've listed.

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

Apr 10, 2018

How do people working at an EB find time to workout if you're constantly putting in 90+ a week?

Do you guys get to hit the gym at lunch on a slow day or something? Or at dinner? I feel like this could make a world of difference. Not to mention it really wakes you up and prefers you for the second part of the day

Apr 10, 2018

My group did not have a "gym during the working hours" type culture (even on slow days unfortunately) so it was really just on the weekends and then in the morning if I had even just 20-30 minutes to get in a light workout.

I know plenty of people who would going during the day or right after they ordered seamless though. Also, some people really took advantage of days/weeks they weren't on live deals and then would stop going when they were busier.

Apr 5, 2018

I've never been able to keep weight off without thinking about it and/or making an effort to stay in shape. That being said, about the last two or three years (i'm 28) It has basically become a choice of eat healthy and drink moderately, or eat moderately and drink nothing - regardless of how much I workout.

In college, obviously, I could do whatever as I worked out like a maniac and was younger.

Apr 5, 2018

I packed on about 20 lbs in the interview process due to stress and lack of giving a fuck, but since my start date i've lost like 25, so it all evens out. If you want to stay healthy then it's feasible, just need to have a balance. I personally eat mostly veggies and protein on weekdays but weekends it's a shit show. Don't want to lose your mind

Apr 5, 2018

Personally - I gained some weight in my analyst years. It really wasn't a big deal. I am tall so maybe it didn't look as bad as it could have, but I gained like 30 lbs. The thing is, once I had better work life balance (like by age 25) and stopped partying quite so hard / regularly (see drinking huge amounts) I lost it all back.. by like 27 I was back to 22 year old me. Granted there were a a few rough years. Then I went to MBA and got jacked AF for a bit which is also typical since you just work out all day with very limited responsibility.. .

Apr 5, 2018

The only way I can gain weight is if I stop going to the gym or start taking gainers. I tend to eat healthy and dont really eat that much.. basically just eat to survive and skip meals often because I dont take the time to make food. Mind you, I do spinning 3-4 times a week that burn 700-800 calories per session.

Apr 5, 2018

I ended up maintaining a similar weight and it was largely due to consciously avoiding junk food. You are going to be strapped for time, so you should focus more on what you eat rather than how much you are able to workout. If you can keep your diet in check and make it to the gym once every few days, you will be fine.

Apr 5, 2018

On the whole, alcohol and lack of cardio won't make you fat - eating like a pig will.

Apr 5, 2018
Cohle:

On the whole, alcohol and lack of cardio won't make you fat - eating like a pig will.

Wait until your 30+...things change my friend

Apr 5, 2018

I peaked in weight (and height) during high school. 6' / 180 lbs

Ever since, have been steadily losing weight, now steady around 165 lbs
Credit to constantly being on the move / travelling.

Cubicle / office is a slow death. I'd run as fast as I could.

Apr 5, 2018

5'8". I spent about a decade hearing my baseball coaches strongly encourage me to gain weight, so re-learning what "full" means as an adult has been a challenge. My weight has been a journey:

High school: 145 lbs
College (playing weight): 165 lbs
IB: 165 lbs (start), 185 lbs (finish)
B-school: 180 lbs (start), 165 lbs (after first-year internship interviews), 190 (?) lbs (finish)
Today: 180 lbs, +/- 2

Still got some chub I'm trying to draw down. No surprises here-- I do better when my eating is in line and I'm making it to the gym 4-5 times a week. When I have a bunch of dinner meetings and late nights I get sloppy. Travel doesn't seem to be an issue - always seem to be able to make it to the hotel gym when I'm on the road.

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Apr 5, 2018

High school I was 135.

College I was 160.

3 years out of college I'm 155 even with all the traveling and being on the road due to consulting. I'm 5'10" and pretty fit I'd say.

I don't snack, I try to avoid soft drinks and sweet tea and I don't overeat. Work out everyday on the weekend.

Maintaining and losing weight has never been difficult for me luckily.

Apr 5, 2018

Any of you guys able to drink a lot and still stay in shape? Would love to hear some strategies

Apr 10, 2018

Vodka water.

Apr 5, 2018

College: 155 @ ~10% bodyfat

After 1st Year IB: 150 @ ~13/14% bodyfat

After 2nd Year IB: 155 @ ~13/14% bodyfat

Workout 6 days a week (preworkout addict) + 1 rest day of only cardio (unless working past 2:30am)

Only eat musclemaker/fuel for lunch and dinner, eat out only on weekend nights

Drink heavily (like absolute hammered) 1 night a week usually friday/saturday

diet/routine never affected my work - top of class both years

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Apr 5, 2018
knightbanker:

College: 155 @ ~10% bodyfat

After 1st Year IB: 150 @ ~13/14% bodyfat

After 2nd Year IB: 155 @ ~13/14% bodyfat

Workout 6 days a week (preworkout addict) + 1 rest day of only cardio (unless working past 2:30am)

Only eat musclemaker/fuel for lunch and dinner, eat out only on weekend nights

Drink heavily (like absolute hammered) 1 night a week usually friday/saturday

diet/routine never affected my work - top of class both years

Sounds motivating

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 6, 2018

@ 5'9

Apr 10, 2018

How did you maintain a 6x week gym schedule working 80+? Would you go before work? Appreciate any color!

Apr 10, 2018

How did you maintain a 6x week gym schedule working 80+? Would you go before work? Appreciate any color!

Apr 10, 2018

Never before work, either at dinner time ~6/7pm or after the day is over. I would never go if I was leaving the office after 2:30am. I wake up at 8:30am so I try to keep a minimum of 6 hours of sleep (when I can). Also note there were a bunch of missed workouts and some workouts were 20 minutes and some were an hour long depending on my time. But there also were a bunch of perfect weeks where I crushed 6 workouts for an hour in a week. Sticking to the 6x a week goal and pushing to always reach it helped my discipline myself and build the body I have today (a lot of missed happy hours, food binges, etc.)

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