The first day of school is just around the corner and if you are an incoming freshman you are probably excited and nervous. There are so many wonderful things to experience and people to meet. College will be the best time of your life! You get to stay up as late as you want, eat whatever you want, and go wherever you want. You are going to love it! BUT there is one thing you must consider – the freshman 15. If you have not heard of it let me enlighten you, the freshman 15 is 15 pounds of extra weight that you may obtain by the end of your first year. If you do become victim to the freshman 15, pound by pound your body will start to change and before you know it you will be buying bigger clothes. Are you freaking out yet? No? You should be. At the end of the year, you won’t even know how it happened. As someone who has gone through college and successfully bypassed the freshman 15, I am going to pass along some tips on how to avoid the freshman 15.
Mode of Transportation
Large universities have a bus system due to the campus being so large. While the bus system is great and it allows you to get from one side of the campus to the other in just a few minutes, walking is better. If you are not under a time crunch opt for walking. It is great cardio and is a built-in workout. The choice is simple, walk your way around campus. You will also get to see little things that you would typically miss if you chose to ride the bus.
As a freshman, you will be living in the dorms and be taking advantage of the meal plan. Meal plans are great, especially if you attend a large university. There will be so many options for food and the unhealthy options always look the best. I’m not going to lie, I do love french fries but everything in moderation. It will be very tempting to stop making healthy choices but don’t. Eat a healthy and energizing breakfast, a balanced lunch and dinner. If you want to indulge in a treat remember – moderation.
Beverage of Choice
Water, water, and more water. Take a water bottle wherever you go and drink throughout the day. When you are on the go all day most days, you will get dehydrated. Drinking water will also keep your energy up, skin clear and the bloating down. I know that coffee is the drink of choice in college but have your one to two cups and switch to water for the remainder of the day. Trust me when I say it makes all the difference!
Throughout my entire collegiate career, I never once pulled an all-nighter. I am one who needs my sleep and when I don’t get it I can’t function. I was also a dance major so sleepless nights would have had a much bigger effect on me than the average student. Maintaining a regular sleep pattern not only helps you function but it also keeps your metabolism running. When your sleep schedule gets out of whack it greatly affects your metabolism. Which will, in turn, cause the pounds to start stacking on those hips. Getting plenty of sleep will also help your studying. When your mind is foggy you will have trouble concentrating and committing things to memory.
Alcohol will most likely be presented to you at some point during your first year. It may seem like a good idea but number one, you’re not 21 and number two, calories. Those calories will add up quickly. You may think that a work out class or two will make up for those extra calories but you would be wrong. It takes so much effort to shed a couple hundred calories and hardly any to consume them. Choose wisely!
Aside late night studying there will be late night munchies. Satisfying your need for a snack is not bad, however, when you choose Doritos over an apple that’s when it becomes bad. Again, calories, calories will add up so quickly and if you want to avoid the freshman 15 opt for a healthy snack.
Work It Out
One thing you may not know is that your body and how it works will most likely change when you get to college. In high school, your metabolism is probably fast and you got a decent amount of sleep. Your schedule was probably predictable and consistent. When you get to college there won’t be anyone keeping you on a schedule. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to hold yourself to a schedule. I understand that fun events will come up and by all means go but on a regular basis stick to your schedule. Speaking of schedule, aside from academic classes attend the gym a couple of times a week. This changes your scene during the week which is always refreshing. On top of attending the gym, treat it like a class. In meaning, go every week. There is so much research that supports the benefits of regular exercise and who are we to argue scientific fact? I promise you won’t regret this decision.
If you put these few tips into practice keeping those 15 pesky pounds off will be a breeze. You will love college and it will be the best time of your life. Remember to have fun and make wise decisions.
Did you successfully avoid the freshman 15? What tips do you have that aren’t listed here?
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