Great article, though I wish it provided links to resources for things like reducing stress without food, how to keep your portions down when your significant other is a bottomless pit, why over-indulging on alcohol causes weight gain, learning to track food, etc. I also wish it provided a warning about not justifying study treats as a merely-temporary bad habit. That was my downfall. I had a very basic education in the importance of eating healthy and exercising, but I hadn't learned to read labels and actually track my food intake. I ate what I wanted from the (very tasty) cafeterias, including huge salads that I *thought* were healthy at the time (because it's salad!) but I know now were simply loaded with calories. I drank plenty of high-calorie alcohol. I treated myself to ridiculous desserts while studying for exams or writing papers - because hey, it was just temporary. I wouldn't eat that much raw cookie dough NORMALLY. I wouldn't eat so much Ben & Jerry's once the paper was turned in! I wouldn't buy a microwave Stouffer's lasagna every night for dinner - just until the exam was over. It was just temporary! But the calories WEREN'T. Additionally, the difference between an active college life (dance team, walking to classes, etc.) and my first year in the real world was a killer. I didn't have access to a gym, didn't get any exercise apart from walking to the bus stop to go to work...and I still didn't understand portion sizes and label-reading. So maybe an article about transitioning into the real world would be good, if one doesn't already exist here (it might, I'm new to reading articles). Finally, grad school added more weight because I ate to soothe my stress, and because I had a skinny boyfriend with a huge appetite and I figured, if he could eat so much, I could get away with eating just a little bit less than him. SO DUMB. I've had to work hard to lose 70 pounds I never should have gained in the first place!
Thanks for offering some advice to people who are still young enough to take preventive action so they don't go down a similar road!
- 9/27/2011 6:16:51 PM