Beat The "Freshman 15" With These 5 Tips
Many young adults are currently making the transition from living at home to on campus. Along with this newfound freedom come some typical stressors—liking your roomie, making new friends, navigating campus, settling in away from your family for the first time, and then there’s the dreaded “freshman 15”. This phenomenon is no myth my friends, and it’s important to take control! Here are 5 simple ways to avoid weight gain your freshman year of college.
1. Learn About Nutrition
The first way to avoid the dreaded “freshman 15” is to prepare yourself. By learning about nutrition, you will be more likely to make healthier choices for yourself on a day-to-day basis. Understand the difference between good and bad fats, the ingredients in your food, and the importance of portion control. Check out these blog entries for some nutrition 101: 5 Reasons to Eat Carbs, 4 Reasons We Love Milk, and What Does Healthy Mean to You?
2. Stock Smart Snacks
This is key! We understand that you’re not going to give up snacking 100%, and we don’t want you to. With our monthly snack memberships you can have healthy snacks delivered to your dorm room door each month, without the hassle of grocery shopping, or searching the dining hall up and down for healthy options. Call up your parents and tell them about your plan to avoid freshman weight gain, and we guarantee they will be on board! Read the blog Healthy Snacking Made Easy for some inspiration and check out our variety of subscriptions here.
3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!
Making smart decisions in your diet is the first step, but don’t forget the importance of physical activity. Exercise is a great way to keep your weight under control, and it’s also known to improve your mood and reduce stress. Hit the gym with some friends, join an intramural sport, walk the long way to class, or go on a hike. The opportunities are endless!
4. Don’t Go Overboard in the Dining Hall
Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? The dining hall can be a glutton’s dream. It’s true that the Cafeteria has tempting junk food options, but there are also a ton of delicious healthy alternatives. Learn to love the salad bar, and opt for fruit over other sweet treats. And don’t forget the importance of portion control!
5. Avoid Drinking Your Calories
A huge reason to avoid alcohol (other than not being of legal drinking age) is to avoid weight gain. If you do decide to partake in a few drinks, stick to light beers and avoid mixing alcohol with super sugary drinks. Also, try to limit your intake of soda and energy drinks. If you need an extra boost during your late night library session try a cup of black coffee! Check out our blog 5 Health Benefits of Coffee and give our Peruvian Ande’s Select Blend a try!
The “freshman 15” is not inevitable. By following these simple tips throughout your college career you can avoid unwanted weight gain, and lead a healthy lifestyle that you’re proud of!