9 Tips To Fight Off The Freshman Fifteen

We have all heard the dreaded “f” words before our first year of college… “freshman fifteen”.  Yikes.  No high school girl wants to jump into college, the best days of her life, and gain 15 pounds right off the bat.

So instead of stressing and worrying about gaining that weight, put your energy elsewhere and worry about how you are going to be healthy and feel good during your first year of college.  Here are 9 tips to avoid the Freshman Fifteen:

  1. Stock your dorm room full of the right foods. If you buy the junk food, you will end up eating the junk food.  I promise you!  Don’t set yourself up for failure.  If you stock up on fresh veggies, fruits, granola bars, nuts, etc. you will become less likely to binge eat the unhealthy alternatives.  Here are healthy snacks to keep in your dorm room:
  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Nut mixes
  • Organic granola bars
  • Hummus
  • Greek yogurt
  • Raisins
  • Dark chocolate
  1. Parking far away can be a good thing. We are all guilty of wanting to get the closest parking spot and not having to walk far.  The more activity your body endures, the better.  So force yourself to take those extra steps each time you park.
  2. Making the right choices at the dining hall. Since you have to pay for room and board all in one and have to pay for meals at the dining hall… make the best of it!  The dining hall almost always has a salad option, veggies, fruit, and some type of meat.  So make your own salad, take the bread off of your cheeseburger, and choose veggies over the French fries for most of your meals and you will be set.
  3. Carry your books. You do not have to physically carry all your books in your arms, but if your bookbag is overflowing and just too heavy to handle… take a few out and carry them in your arms.  Not only will it help your back and take some weight off your shoulders (literally), but you will also be working your arm muscles as you carry books around campus.
  4. Take gym classes. Most colleges offer physical education (PE) classes for credits.  Even if it is just one credit… it is still a credit and it still pushes you and makes you go to the gym.  So, if your school offers this, take the class!  Get a credit out of the deal, and do your body a favor.  Working out on a regular basis is the best thing you can do for yourself.
  5. Eat breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day!  Did you know that breakfast calories are more filling and satisfying than calories eaten in the latter part of the day?  Jump start your day with a healthy breakfast and your body won’t be starved by the time it is time for lunch.
  6. Join intramural sports. Get your money’s worth and join clubs that your college has to offer.  Joining intramurals gives you a chance to meet new people, be a part of a team outside of classwork, and gives you a chance to work out and be active.  It’s an all around win.
  7. Drink water. All day… all the time.  Your body needs water to keep it running and functioning properly.  Drinking water will help reduce stress and help sharpen your thinking for those difficult and rigorous courses.
  8. Get your sleep. Massive amounts of school work and studying can easily lead to you cutting the amount of sleep you get each night.  When you are tired, it is best that you get rest.  Your body will thank you and you will be able to function and concentrate much better than if you fought sleep and pushed your body past its limits.

The only “f” words you will be using during your first year of college are “fit and feeling good”.

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