Getting ready head to college and nervous about the freshman 15?
I remember the summer after freshman year seeing all your high school friends again, everyone could tell who gained the freshman 15 and who didn’t. Don’t freak out, it’s a lot easier than you think to keep that weight off. Here are 10 tips to make sure you wouldn’t come home in the summer with an extra 15 pounds.
1. Realize alcohol has calories
Here’s a website that will help you count how many calories you ingest when you go out http://ift.tt/2aZ1rZK Drinking incessant amounts of alcohol without making other changes will cause you to gain weight quickly. If your 21 you don’t have to stop drinking to prevent weight gain use it as an incentive to work out. Say ok since I burned 200 calories at the gym today, I can have 2 beers and not have any consequences.
2. Group Exercise Classes
Anybody get sick of the cardio machines at the gym?! I do, and the best thing I found to combat that was exercise classes that the University held. Look at your University’s website and see if they offer classes such as kickboxing, spinning, yoga, etc. They are usually pretty cheap and keep you excited. If you get some friends to join you too, you are more likely to go every week.
3. Take the stairs
When you are going to your class room or your dorm take the stairs. You don’t have to do it all the time, but it’s a quick way to burn a few extra calories.
4. Join an intramural team
You don’t have to be Michael Jordan to play intramurals, so don’t worry if your thinking sports aren’t your thing. Joining an intramural team is a great way to meet new friends while getting some exercise.
5. Stop that late night eating
There are 3 meals in the day not 4. That whole ordering pizza at midnight will not help you avoid the late night weight gain. If you have to have something to eat, go for something healthier or make sure you only eat one piece. This was my downfall in college and once I stopped doing it I lost the weight I had gained.
6. You have to have some sleep
If you don’t get enough sleep you will not be able to exercise at your full potential and you will be more likely to fall prey to unhealthy food. Try to get 8 hours or at least 7.
7. Watch your snacking
Do you keep lots of food in your dorm room even though you eat all of your meals at the union? Watch out for your snacking, it’s easy to mindlessly eat while you’re studying. Only keep a limited amount of food in your dorm. If you don’t have the food in your dorm you won’t eat it.
8. Eating out at all?
Maybe you get tired of your food cafeteria and decide to run to McDonalds…. AHH! This is ok a few times but make sure you don’t get into a habit. If you need fast food try a slim sandwich from Jimmy Johns or just a happy meal from McDonalds. Not eating out will also save you money.
9. Get into a routine
Find a routine that works for you. What time you should eat your meals and when you will go to the gym. The more you regulate yourself the more likely you will be to do something. If you always go to the gym at 3 on Monday then you will normally go instead of saying you will go whenever.
You will be ok! Try to keep your stress down studying, by planning and making sure you study in advance. And don’t worry too much about gaining weight; you will be fine as long as you pay attention to what you are putting in your body.
Best of luck not gaining the freshman 15! I gained about 10 pounds the 1st semester of my freshman year, then I followed these tips I created and lost about 15 pounds!
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