The Dreaded Freshman Fifteen & How to Avoid Them

This feared syndrome is so common there’s even a name for it: the Freshman Fifteen. We’ve all heard of it and we all wish to avoid it. What’s a college girl to do? Fear not. The triggers for this sneak attack of fat are explained below.
• Late night snacking
Home late after a fun night out with your pals? Up late studying for exams and feel fidgety? These two scenarios will lead you right to over-indulging if you’re not careful. Plan a healthy, super satisfying dinner on these days. Make sure it’s full of protein and includes some healthy fats. Stock up on low-fat, low-sugar munchies that you can nosh on for those late night snack emergencies. Hummus, pre-sliced veggies, low-fat string cheese – all excellent options and won’t have you feeling bloated and yucky the next day.
• Dorm food
Cafeteria, meal plan, dormitory…all synonyms for potentially unhealthy food. These days, most universities are aware of the dangers of serving food that is high in fat and calories. Maybe you’re lucky and attend one of those schools that serves fresh salads, vegetarian options, even sushi. If not, there’s plenty of ways to get the most nutritional bang for your buck in the dorm cafeteria. Go for green and fresh as much as you can. Indulge in the desserts only occasionally. Go for unsweetened tea, carbonated water, milk or juice over sodas. And don’t forget to supplement your meal plan with some healthy snacks in your dorm room.
• Change in routine
Let’s say you played soccer in high school. You devoted hours to practice. You probably ran miles during your games. Now you’re in college and have a full-time course load, late night study groups, and no time to work out. That sudden drop in activity is going to show, probably on the scale. Here’s what you do: schedule workouts like you would any other class or event. Instead of vegging out in front of the tv when you have a break, head to the gym. Your energy levels will thank you.

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