Get Rid of the Freshman Fifteen Quickly

freshman fifteen Get Rid of the Freshman Fifteen QuicklyThe Freshman Fifteen is the weight gain that many college students experience during their first year of college. I used to believe that this was just an urban myth until I lived through it myself. During my first two months in college, I packed on an extra twelve pounds! Considering my tiny frame, that was a lot of extra weight to carry around campus. Luckily for me, I had a nutritionist help me beat this infamous phenomenon and was able to lose all my Freshman Fifteen within a month. Here are the most useful tips that I followed.

Be careful with those all-you-can-eat dining halls

There are all kinds of foods laid out at the dining hall. You pick a bit of this, a bit of that, and soon enough you lose control of the amount of food that you eat. Those dessert corners are not very helpful either.

Next time you go to a dinning hall, limit yourself to one serving per meal. Start with a salad (be smart about its dressing) or a light-soup (say bye to the fatty, creamy soups), and then have some lean protein such as grilled chicken breast or fish. As for the dessert corner, go for some fruit or yogurt. It’s okay to indulge yourself once in a while with a sweet treat, but just don’t go overboard with it.

Don’t skip your meals

College students tend to skip meals quite often.  Some students eat one huge meal and skip the next. Others are just too busy to bother to have a bite. Whatever your reason is, stop now! Skipping meals will not only slow down your metabolism, but it will also leave you with less energy making it more difficult for you to concentrate in class. In addition, skipping meals during the day will most likely lead you to binge at night, a fatal mistake for your body.

Learn to control your emotions

Nasty break-ups and stress from exams and classes were some of the sources that led to my late night pig out sessions. College students are in fact exposed to emotional roller-coasters and constant stress that often lead them to emotional eating. The next time you feel down and reach for a chocolate bar or a slide of pizza, try to go for a run or listen to your favorite music instead. If you do this, I guarantee you that the urge to eat “that too shall pass.”

Watch Your Alcohol Intake

Alcohol is essentially omnipresent at college. Just remember that alcoholic drinks are a major source of empty calories. Limit, if not eliminate, alcoholic drinks from you life. It’ll be good for your body, and it’ll be good for your brain.

Active Lifestyle

One of the advantages of being in college is the free gym. Make good use of it! Go run, lift some weights, or swim a bit. It will be a great stress reliever from your classes, and it will help you to burn away those pounds while keeping your energy level up.

Follow these tips and you will be able to get rid of the Freshman Fifteen very quickly. Also, keep in mind that the eating habits that you develop during your first year of college can stay all throughout college and even beyond.

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Maria Kessar January 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I have also suffered this situation. I could not be serious to get about my body in the college days.

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