High school seniors dream of the freedom they will have once they reach college. Sleeping, drinking, and eating when, where and how they choose is like a dream come true. Until the consequences set in. The most common of which is the dreaded Freshman 15. Balancing new found freedom with old school common sense can help fight the Freshman 15.
1. Try new foods!
College is all about trying new things, food included. Just be sure to try all kinds of new foods, not just new cheese steaks and pasta. Try healthy foods you never considered before. Who knows, you might find a new favorite food!
2. Get involved!
The transition into college can be difficult. Making friends at school is crucial to scholastic success. A great way to do that, and fight the freshman 15, is to get involved. Try intramural sports or join the local gym. If sports aren’t your thing and club might allow you to be more active. Community services clubs, like fraternities and sororities often do projects like litter pickup, or car washes. These are great ways to stay active and meet people!
College towns are great fun to explore. Since most students don’t have cars for the first few years, these towns are set up to cater to students who walk. There are usually many interesting sights to see within walking distance. Take the opportunity to walk as many places as you can. You will get to see all that your town has to offer, you will meet people and will get some great exercise all at once!
4. Plan ahead
College students are not typically known for planning ahead. However, planning for the extra calories associated with social events can be very helpful is fending off the freshman 15. Eat a light dinner before going out. This will curb the calories and will keep you from getting too drunk too fast. Plan some extra activity the day before and after a calorie laden social outing. If you keep burning as you consume those pound s won’t stick around!
It may seem contrary to popular advice to suggest students skip classes, but there comes a point where it is healthier and more productive to skip a class and catch up on sleep, then to go and become more burned out. Every once in awhile its ok to skip class to sleep! You are busy and young and need sleep to continue functioning at the warp speed college requires. If you need to skip class to sleep do so. But then plan how you are going to get on a better sleep schedule so you don’t make this a habit. Getting enough sleep will keep your metabolism functioning at its best, and helps you to maintain a healthy weight.
College is an exciting time of learning. Students learn not just academic principles, but more importantly life lessons. By planning ahead and being aware caloric intake and activity levels, a smart college student can ward off those frightening freshman 15.
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Van Wagner, Lisa R. Nutrition Smarts. http://www.foodfit.com/healthy/archive/healthyNutriSmarts_sept28.asp. Accessed August 12, 2010.