How to Prevent the Freshman 15
There are tons of cautionary tales about the freshman 15.
The shape of your body and the number on the scale don’t define you. Weight gain in a short period of time, however, should be a cause for concern. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in college, and unusual weight gain can be a sign that you aren’t giving your body everything it needs.
It can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle during freshman year. Your daily schedule will be different, you might have to work and there will be less time for extra curricular activities, such as sports, that kept you active in high school. Stress also can play a part in weight gain.
Here’s a list of ideas to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle:
Hit the Gym
There’s a good chance your tuition and fees include access to campus gyms. Some colleges have more than one depending on the size and student population. Find a gym near you and use it. Just 30 minutes a day can help reduce stress and give your body necessary daily movement.
Drinking alcoholic beverages can lead to weight gain. Most beers have between 100-200 calories — they don’t call it a beer belly for nothing. If you are old enough to drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Green food is good for you. Add spinach to your smoothies or have a handful of broccoli with dinner. Vegetables (even the nongreen ones) have nutritional value and the necessities to keep your body going.
Avoid Late-Night Food
Late-night restaurant trips or snacking will add inches to your waistline. Late-night food tends to be heavy in fat, sugar and salt — all things your body doesn’t need in excess. Also, it’s wasteful spending. If you’re hungry, grab an apple.
Hydration is a great way to stay healthy, and be sure to drink plenty of water each day. Water helps keep your skin clear, prevents bloat and cleanses the body. Try fruit-infused water, such as lemon and orange, instead of sugary juices or soda.