I find the best thing to do is to walk like crazy. I'm at a large campus, and instead of taking the bus I just walk everywhere. By the end of the day I've got in at least a few miles, those 10 minutes here and there really add up, plus its very hilly in some places. My uni has a gym thats free for students, also a rock climbing wall, pools, intramural sports, running groups, etc.
Like someone else said, get your own snacks. I would definetely invest in a rice cooker, a nice one with a timer. I have a zojourishi (sp?) that is awesome for one person and completely idiot proof. You can put stuff in for the morning, set the timer, and have nice fresh rice or oatmeal when you get home (or wake up for that matter). Knowing you have something done at home is going to be HUGE to not be exhausted and overwhelmed after classes and just going for junk. I'll also add lentils or split peas and veggies to my rice if that's all that I'm having that night. I have friends at college who have had mini blenders, crock pots, and bread machines in their dorms. Also, a mini fridge with stuff for sandwiches. Most dorms have a kitchen where you can make a bunch of soup or something, and then package it into little meals.
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good luck with your goal.
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Fitness Minutes: (83,993) Posts: 19,198 6/20/08 6:34 A
As a first year college student I can understand the concern you have over gaining weight. The best tips I can give are first of all to listen to the tips that have been posted on this thread, they are amazing.
Secondly, what I've found to be helpful was to pack a lot of my own snacks -for example, I'm going to class tonight and I have a couple bottles of water, some unsweetened apple sauce, and one slice of whole wheat veggie pizza.
Drink a ton of water, and try to use the fitness tracker on this website, I do push ups, squats, and leg lifts at my work! I walk to the store after class to burn a few extra calories, and I try to do as many active events as possible. For example, a friend of mine had a BBQ and I spent about 30 minutes in her pool and then had a veggie burrito rather than munching on chips, smores, and candy.
If you need anymore help just message me...I'm always looking to get to know other college students trying to maintain a health lifestyle. Good luck!!!
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Great advice Coach Nicole and Will. You didn't say if you exercise or not. I find when I need to lose weight or if I am not losing weight that exercise is the key for me to get the stubborn pounds a moving down again. Good luck and just by reaching out - I can tell you are motivated.
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Fitness Minutes: (19,075) Posts: 1,080 6/19/08 3:00 P
Nicole gave you some good advice. Also, I do not know how it is where your college is, but some schools have online networks where you can get to know your roommates and fellow students before you get there. See if your school has such a thing. I find that the most important help you’ll get is the support and encouragement from others. Like Coach Nicole says, the plan you follow doens't matter. It's all about your personal commitment level and your support system.
If you can connect with someone else at school who has similar goals to yours, that will help immensely. If not, there are several teams for students. Find one suitable for you and network with other students who are focusing on health and nutrition.
Check out these teams and select one or more for yourself:
Vegetarian weight loss really isn't any different--just make sure you're eating enough and meeting ALL your nutrient ranges, including protein and fat. Using the Nutrition Tracker will help you learn where you need to make changes.
Other than that, check out our College Living Lifestyle Center for college-specific tips that will help you stay on track.
Hi! My name is Kate, and I've been a vegetarian for 2 years now. I'm going to be a freshman in college this fall and would like to lose my extra poundage before I go. I tend to be a yo-yo dieter. I will lose 15 pounds for a couple months and gain it back, only to go through the whole process again. With the scary "freshman 15" concept looming in the near future, I would really like to lose weight now and learn strategies to keep it off. My goal is to lose 17 pounds. Is there anyone out there with some tips about losing weight as a vegetarian? I'm always afraid by cutting calories I will be cutting necessary nutrients and protein. I tend to be a little anemic too so I have to be careful. Help please?
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