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EER8116 Posts: 7
4/12/09 1:29 A

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The dorms definitely have a lot of unhealthy options. However, if you're careful, you can end up losing weight. Usually, before I grab my food, I walk by all the options and pick out what will be the healthiest for me to eat. It helps a lot. Also, I make sure to load my plate with vegetables, drink lots of water during dinner, and avoid pasta, fried foods, and dessert. Since I stopped eating them, the temptation has disappeared!

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4/11/09 2:14 A

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College has absolutely been the root of all evil for my health. I would consider myself somewhat of an emotional eater and the stress I bring on myself related to school is just ridiculous! I have access to any kind of food I want, and unfortunately, I usually go straigt for the least healthiest thing I can find....uuugghhh!!! But being determined and keeping your goals in mind can certainly help..and SparkPeople helps too of course!!

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4/10/09 7:19 P

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Golden,

I know what you mean, but its not hard if you are on a good sized campus!

Walk to and from classes! I lost about 30 lbs my first semester because I was car-less!
Spend time outdoors, rather than in the cafeterias, or coffee shops. Being outdoors just sparks energetic juices anyways!
If you HAVE to have coffee, skip the caramel machiatto etc... and just get a regular coffee.
BRING LUNCH! Especially veggies for noshing!

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CHICKENDAWG's Photo CHICKENDAWG Posts: 6
3/8/09 8:22 A

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I've used the dining hall and a large campus to my advantage. I walk everywhere, go to the campus gyms, and make a salad or get healthy soup from the dining hall. With this and intense exercise i've lost close to 30 lbs now. The freshman 15 can suck it.

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3/7/09 12:41 P

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I have to disagree. I think its pretty easy to lose weight in college, especially on my campus. The uni I attend is a green campus, there are a lot of organic food projects, weekly farmers markets near by, there are a lot of veggies & vegans around so there are always loads of options for them. I always see people running around campus, individually or in large groups. Loads of people bike to campus. So, for me, there is constant motivation to workout & eat healthy. Yes, there's still lots of beer & pizza but for the most part, I see a lot of athletic types around.



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3/7/09 12:19 P

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When I was a freshman last year, somehow I found it easier to lose weight by living in a regular dorm and having a meal plan. I had a mini-fridge in my room and kept only healthy snacks, so that way when it wasn't meal time, I only had healthy choices and wouldn't eat fatty foods.

Also, in the cafeteria, I would stay away from the unhealthy choices and ate more of the salad bar and the stir-fry. But if every now and then you want to eat something that isn't the healthiest, just pay attention to the portion control. Last year by doing this and working out 5-7 days a week, I lost 30 lbs.

This year I have hardly lost any weight but I've started because I now have a kitchen, and a bunch of skinny friends and roommates who don't eat the best, and I joined with them, and went out to eat with them, etc. But now I'm cooking and buying healthier because if I don't have it in the kitchen with my food, I can't eat it! :]



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3/5/09 11:38 A

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I find that if you want to still eat healthy at home but have no time/inclination, a make shift pizza can work-basically cheese on toast with some tomato paste under the cheese and some toppings. Or even a grilled cheese plus vegetables sandwich. Or, for the UK students amongst us, Cheese Toasties emoticon

Definatly cooking food in bulk when you have time is the best weapon though.

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3/4/09 4:19 P

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I go to Brock U and I'm really impressed with the salad bar, deli, and stir fry. You can customize your food so that you know exactly what is in it, making it easy to track calories. Of course there is the unhealthy "homestyle" meals, desserts, and the grill. But as a general rule, I avoid those.

I also do a lot of studying on the eliptical at the gym...it makes 45mins of running pass really fast and I can concentrate surprisingly well!

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3/4/09 12:12 A

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I totally feel everyone's pain on this thread! I have the cheapest meal plan at my school, and it's still so hard to find healthy stuff that still tastes decent at my dining hall. Blech!

I am very much looking forward to having a kitchen next year!!

If not now, when?

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3/2/09 12:02 A

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wow i totally disagree! lol my sophmore year of college was the only time in my life i could ever lose weight because being around my unhealthy obese family made it impossible for me to make healthy choices\. at school i have a meal plan and its amazing at bu! yummy salad bar and really good vegetarian options and always lots of fruit. so yeah, i would never have lost weight without college and when i visit home i eat so badly cause a. i feel skinny around my family and b. they make such good food! lol i needa work on that

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3/1/09 7:40 P

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I completely agree! I thought it would be so easy to lose weight once I came to college, but it has been the complete opposite! Everything is sooo high in calories (only 2% milk, fatty desserts, limited fruits and veggies) It certainly is extremely frustrating.

I too try to take the stairs whenever possible and have moved down on my meal plan. This semester my goal has been to really go all out exercising and to cut down on snacking. You know that mentality that it is a social thing to snack is certainly hard to overcome.

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2/2/09 10:41 A

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I'm living in my sorority this year and find its even harder than living in the dorms. We aren't allowed to have mini fridges, and most of the stuff we have in our pantry isn't that great for you. Plus there is always some kind of delicious dessert at dinner or cookies that are hard to resist.

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BRIANABIRD Posts: 7
1/12/09 8:54 P

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Ugh. I live on-campus and our accessability to a kitchen is very limited. I can use a microwave that nearly everybody uses, or raw stuff from my itty bitty refridgerator.

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1/8/09 7:18 A

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it's hard for us commuters too...I have started bringing my lunches but when friends want to go out, or when I go to the cafeteria with them all the junk food is so tempting X( Bringing my lunches makes it easier, but still...lol

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LIL_UNIQ1 Posts: 4
1/7/09 12:50 P

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geez... it's so impossible for me to stay healthy on campus... I'm far from home and I HAVE to eat the school's meal plan since I can't generally afford tostock my fridge w/ healthy food. Plus.. my school is pretty small and doens't give much consideration to the food served there. after 7 ALL you can eat is stuff from the grill, just greasy icky stuff... Lol.. HELP!

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1/6/09 7:06 P

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The college lifestyle definitely makes it hard to keep up healthy eating habits. I, too, have the school's meal plan. I don't really mind it, but I basically live off of microwaveable meals...I suppose it's not too healthy, but I steer clear of the bagel bites and I try to stick with the Healthy Choice steamed entrees, which don't seem TOO terrible. Even so, it's tough to resist all the pizza, Frappucinos, late night snacks, and alcohol-loaded beverages that come with a college campus.

As a balance, though, I think I get a lot more exercise when I'm on campus. I don't have a car, so I have to walk everywhere, and in addition to that I try to make it to the gym a few times a week.

I've found that I lose the most weight when I resist the urges to eat late at night. I've also recently cut back on alcohol consumption, so hopefully that'll have an impact too.

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1/1/09 3:30 P

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I often have an hour or two between classes, so I use the gym at the university to workout as often as I can. Food-wsie, definitely the best thing to do is pack my own food. I don't live on campus so I don't have to worry about a meal plan, they sound rough!

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12/25/08 10:10 P

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It's unusual that you say that, to me, because in my experience, college helps me to lose weight. I live at home and recieve minimal financial aid (no meal plan), so I pack all my food for the day, making sure that it's fairly healthy. My rule is to park as far from the school as possible (within reason) and to leave my books for the next class in the car so that I have to make another round trip for each class. In my program we usually have an hour between classes, so this works out really well.

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COLLEGIATECHICK Posts: 5
11/19/08 5:50 P

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I definitely have found that not having a meal plan helps. This year I'm living in an apartment and get groceries about once a week. That's definitely helped - I've lost a few pounds without too much effort just from not getting second desserts at the dining hall and making my own food. Usually "making food" ends up being oatmeal or microwavable soup, but it really does help to make healthy food (like frittata or dal if you're feeling adventurous) on the weekends. Also - if you have subway on campus, it's a must-have for lunch. (Or any wrap/sandwich place as long as your can customize.)

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MRANITY Posts: 43
11/18/08 11:36 P

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I have a meal plan ($1700) value and it is currently going down the drain. I cannot eat that food...either I lose 1700 now on that meal plan or lose $17,000 on medical treatments related to my weight in the future. So, I've decided to just suck it up, act as if the meal plan doesn't exist, and stock my mini-fridge and storage box with food. It's going quite well..actually, the only time I am tempted to go off my diet is when I go home! Gasp! You would think it would be easier at home than college since there's a kitchen, a home basement gym, and I have access to my car plus I live in an area where there is grocery store in every corner and a Whole Foods & Trader Joes only 15-20 minutes away.

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9/21/08 3:26 P

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It's nice to know other people are going through the same problems... I have found that planning ahead helps, but I still get sidetracked.

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9/21/08 1:41 P

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What I hate about my college is they make us pay a full meal plan and don't reduce the price each year. It's ridiculous and all they feed us is crap which is refined and processed.

I also hate it that in school gatherings (like club meetings or cookouts) there are temptation since they serve us junk.

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9/17/08 8:11 P

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YOU ARE READING MY MIND! It just seems like all is against you when you want to be healthy in the collegiate world. With all the quickfix (AKA UNHEALTHY) stuff around and no time it seems like there's no other choice. But I've found that if I can make something and enough of it, I can spread it through a couple days that way I'm not going for the unhealthy stuff. But also as a tip I avoid elevators and hallways with snack machines on campus haha.

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9/16/08 11:23 P

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I totally get where you are coming from.. I live off campus set up by my school. It is in a nice apartment building so we have a kitchen and stuff and I love to cook, but when I get home from school at like 6 or 7 I am too exhausted to jump on the healthy dinner wagon, especially when I do not have all of the cooking supplies or ingredients yet.. so I feel like I do well the whole day, because I pack a lunch and I carry my water bottle everywhere, but then I get home and it all goes to crap.. So this weekend I am going to go grocery shopping and hopefully I will also get the chance to cook food in bulk so that I will have it to eat for dinner for the week... We shall see how that goes and if it works out better for me to do it that way..
In the meantime you HAVE to try and push yourself. Even if it is one day that you hit the gym, give it your all.. As for the cafeteria food, I avoid it like the plauge, except my sister is telling me to get a meal plan next semester.. So my plan is to just stick to the salad bar and maybe occasionally the grilled chicken.. actually I think my school has a better selection of healthy food choices around, but I just have to really look for it, and try not to go back for seconds :)

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i feel for you!! i've done this twice now! (last year i gained 20 lbs, 15 i just lost the summer prior)! i've learned to bring a lunch. it's really hard because my class always has pot luck dinners. ugh. i always try to be the one to bring fruits/veggies and just load my plate up w/ those, i get a SMALL treat, too. i love my sweets!

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So throughout my college life I've made half-hearted attempts to lose weight, and it has never worked. Well this past summer I really committed and I lost 15 lbs and I really felt healthy and energized. But now that I'm back at school I'm having such a hard time keeping my habits. I don't have all the healthy meals and snacks at my immediate access anymore, I barely have time to work out, and stress of course is high. I thought that since I made such great progress in the summer, I could overcome, but I'm starting to feel overwhelmed. And of course this just makes me want to eat the over abundant varieties of dessert the cafeteria offers... and I still have two more years before graduating!

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