How to beat the “freshman 15” in college

The “freshman 15” is a common term used by people to describe the weight gain they experience during their first year in college. It might not be exactly 15 pounds, but it is very common to gain a bit of weight when you move onto your college campus.

A little weight gain is completely natural as we switch diets, and as we grow older, our metabolism changes. However, if you are experiencing an excessive weight gain, you might want to make some changes. Those late night snacks, that extra can of soda, skipping of meals, and stress eating can all lead to fat build up, and thus weight gain.

College freshmen are straight out of high school and on their own for the first time. They are free to choose whatever they want to eat and that can lead to the temptation to splurge on junk food. Moreover, the stress of all the assignments and work to be done in college causes many students to stress eat. Stress, anxiety, and homesickness are some of the reasons why freshmen tend to stress eat.

Now that we know why many students put on the freshman 15, the question arises as to how to lose it. Sometimes, when people see themselves putting on weight, they start skipping meals or going on elaborate diets. However, when you initially see that you have started putting on weight, it is better to evaluate your diet and eating habits and work out what is causing the extra weight.

Evaluate your eating habits

You can start small by improving your eating and sleeping habits. Try to eat nutritious food and avoid drinking too much soda and pigging out on French fries and chips. Initially, the temptation might be too much to ignore. However, once you start eating better and see the changes in your body, you will stick to it.

Stay active

In high school, students get enough physical activity to keep up with their eating habits and they also have a higher metabolism. The physical activity decreases drastically in college as we are too busy with classes and assignments and tend to neglect our physical fitness. Try to do some sort of exercise or workout and make sure to stick to it. It will not only make you physically fit and active, but also help in avoiding that excess fat build up.

Only eat when you’re hungry

Try to adopt better eating habits to make sure that you’re only eating when you’re hungry. Eat slowly and never eat while stressed, while studying, or while watching TV. Make sure that you have balanced meals with a mix of nutritious foods incorporated in your diet. Do not choose high calorie drinks and foods, and steer clear of the vending machine junk as that will only cause negative impact on your body. Make sure to eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

A little weight gain is not necessarily a bad thing as long as you’re healthy. So make sure that you are getting the nutrition and exercise that you require to be the best you possible.