Fighting the Freshman Weight Gain

In high school, we ate whatever our family bought at the grocery store that week or whatever mom made for dinner. We would go out to eat with friends sometimes, but for the most part we didn’t have a lot of choice in what we ate. We ate the way our families ate. And then we get to the first day of college and see the vast array of food set up for us to just pick up and take to a table. Ah, the lovely dining hall. Full of foods we didn’t get often in high school that we binge on now that we’re in college and no one is regulating what we eat but us. Fro-yo tonight even if I had some last night? Sure! Eggs, bacon, potatoes, and pancakes for breakfast? Yes please! Waffles with fro-yo and sprinkles? Well, I do need to reward myself for all of that studying!
After about a month of this, you have probably already gained some weight. Add to that the fact that you now have classes harder than you ever had in high school and rarely get up from a desk except to goof-off with friends (and not workout) and you probably put on even more weight. Once exams roll around your stress level builds and time management skills seem to go out the window, as do your eating habits. Freshman year is hard, and the weight gain happens to us all.
However, after you are settled in and have the whole college thing figured out, you can combat that weight gain even though you have the same amount of work as in your first year. You just know how to manage it all better. In turn, you have a bit more time and space in your mind to care about eating healthier and trying to get workouts in. It may be difficult, but it’s possible if you really want it. And who doesn’t, especially when those trips to the beach with friends roll around! Working out and eating better will also help your mood and lower your stress levels, so don’t get yourself into a rut freshman year and never climb out—keep pushing, and get healthier!
Carve out a half hour for working out every day if you can. A 2 mile run there, and maybe some crunches. Every little bit helps. And, once you start doing this, you might even get hooked and will start to work out more than just 30 minutes a day.
As for food, again it’s the little things that will help improve your diet: add an apple to your lunch, some almonds instead of chips for your snack, and a big giant helping of vegetables at dinner. Try to eat these things first so that once you get to the less-healthy foods you won’t be as hungry and will therefore eat less. Drink more water—it fills you up and helps clear your mind.
Start small and your body will gradually want more and more. Soon, you will be living healthier just out of habit and will see that freshman year weight gain melt away!

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