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Fend Off the Freshman 15
Stay Healthy When You Start College
3/8/2013 5:14:08 PM
Thank you so much for this! I am a freshman in college and am very much worried about gaining the infamous Freshman 15. I also played sports throughout high school and am having trouble getting in my fitness like I used to. This article has some great advice for me to help me maintain my weight throughout college!
Lots of great tips in this article. I wish I had been better prepared for my freshman year away. It's definitely easy to pack on the pounds when you go away to college--I gained at least 15 my first year--but it's also filled with opportunities for you to establish lots of healthy habits. I was lucky because my college offered healthy options in the dining hall and there was a salad bar available at every meal. There are so many opportunities to get and stay active on a college campus from taking advantage of the fitness center to playing a sport (even if it's just an intramural one) to taking dance lessons.
This is a really useful article, I wish I had seen it two years ago when I started college. I put on loads of weight, those vending machines sure are tempting. It's next to late to start trying though :)
I'm a senior in college living in an on campus apartment, and this is still all great advice for me. I especially like the idea of keeping easy to grab snacks on hand, because I know I end up eating out of vending machines a lot when I have late afternoon and evening classes. If I start taking a healthy snack with me to these classes, I can cut calories and save money.
1/13/2011 5:37:59 PM
So, the first half of last semester I started out great. I packed health, low fat foods in a lunch box and went to swimming club/gym for weights. Then, as the semester got harder, I was buying Subway or takeout and started missing practices. I gained 8 pounds but it seems like more because I used to be muscular, not any more :(. Suggestions, esp from current college students welcome!
I gained 10 lbs my freshman year of college but it was almost all muscle. My dorm was built down in a hole, I had to walk up a hill or stairs to go anywhere. The campus as a whole was very hilly and filled with stairs. It was when I came home to student teach and stopped walking so much that I put on the fat lbs and lost muscle.
Attended a large Big Ten University for four years... I think a lot of people lose weight nowadays. I think this thought process of "freshman 15" is an old study because many people actually lost weight on my Big Ten University campus! I lost about 30 calories while in college - I lost my first year out of my parents house and continues to do so every year I was in college. I gained when I got out of college. I think a better study would be to check to see what people were gaining before they attended college - not after they started.
My daughter was so worried about gaining the freshman 15 and I kept telling her she has NOTHING to worry about because of all the rushing around she'd be doing on campus, getting from class to class! Well, guess who was wrong - ME! She did gain that notorious 15 lbs. plus a little extra. Luckily she just signed up at a gym, so she can work off some of the gained weight.
9/3/2008 4:55:34 AM
this is soooo useful im about to start uni in 17 days and i have saved this page to my favourites list so tht i have easy access to it :D thanks!
The title of this article got my attention. In my day (the 80s), the expression was the "Freshman 10." I guess we've even super-sized that now. Sad! When I was a freshman, I gained my 10, plus someone else's. Too much freedom, too many choices, no sports and sitting around too much.
Young people going to college are not the only people affected by the Freshman 15. This article failed to mention older students who either start college for the first time or graduate students probably attending a new university in a new city, which means new transitions that may or may not differ from those of younger students. Not only young students go through Freshman 15. Also, they usually encounter an even more (and probably new) independence than the younger students, so their food choices can be bad due to additional, social stress. Fortunately, the tenets mentioned in this article could also apply to them. Most of the tips, however, seem pretty common sensical to me. It is one thing to have the wisdom, it is another to actual apply it to your life. I wish I could be better at doing the latter.
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