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2/12/13 5:34 P

Thanks! Packing snacks is definitely helping to prevent binge eating later. I have also started packing healthier snacks that I like, such as soy beans and nori instead of just grabbing potato chips from the vending machine.

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2/8/13 10:17 A

Aw ): No gym? My community college had a gym, but we were a big one. Usually colleges have a fitness center because they tend to have HPE classes. Sorry yours doesn't ):

I definitely say pack good snacks. That will help with your hunger at the end of the day. Another thing that will help- take breaks after eating SINGLE portions for ~20 mins. Some days you do need more food and you will be truly hungry and thus don't limit yourself to only one portion ALL the time... but eat a healthy portion-size, and then do something else for 20 minutes or so. Just get engaged in any type of activity. If you are still hungry, the food will still be there- but if you aren't, you just saved yourself from pigging out.

When at home, always eat in the kitchen or dining room, and don't eat while distracted. I know when you study, you get hungry, but you don't want to break away from the studying! Time is precious; I know! I'm a chem and bio double major. But- taking a 10 minute break to eat a snack helps me with the material even more than eating while studying.

Also, something kind of helpful: jumping jacks. You won't get all of the cardio benefits like strengthening your heart, etc, but if you can, spend a couple minutes whenever you think you need a break between studying doing jacks, especially if you are switching classes (ie, if you are doing a math assignment and then you need to switch over to study a history book). It will help signal your brain it is time for a change- it always help me focus on the material I want to study instead of the material I just studied. Always been a problem for me, even when I go to bed, that I cant get calculus out of my head, and I'll sit there trying to memorize other things, and integrals just pop into my head! It's worth a shot to improve your cognitive functioning!

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2/8/13 9:47 A

Pack snacks with you! Most fruits and veggies are super portable and don't require refridgeration, Eat every few hours, either walking to and from class or in the classroom waiting for your classes to start. This will stop you from pigging out when you get home :)

2/8/13 9:14 A

Sadly, I am at community college, so no gym access. However, I will be transferring to a "real" university in the fall. I hadn't thought of walking the perimeter of campus... I'll try that.

As for the meals, my dad is trying to lose weight too. He dropped 30lbs through exercise alone (running ten miles a day) but now he is starting to change some of the food around here. (For example he buys frozen yogurt instead of ice cream) Also, my family usually cooks low fat meals. They're just so tasty...

I think my problem is that I spend all day at school, I'm hungry when I get home, and so I pig out on anything I can and then still eat dinner an hour or two later.

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2/8/13 8:45 A

YAY!! You lost one pound!! Great start!! Incidental exercises include, Parking out in left field. Walking the perimiter of the college campus, Enter the opisite end of the building and take stairs up and down on your way to class. Sit front and center (it really works), The college work out room, just 10 minutes between classes, Don't forget your water bottle, Keep books in your car for between class walk out to left field.
Just pick up one of these today. Then add another one next week. Like you said you are already maxing your time. I highly suggest the Front and Center to start. You will see another pound gone soon, just keep on it. Sandra

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2/8/13 8:21 A

I bet your college has a gym. How about going there in the mornings?

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2/7/13 11:53 P

Run up and down the stairs in your dorm building.

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2/7/13 11:33 P

Full time college student here. Software Engineering major, taking 16 hours, and some pretty tough courses.

I make it to the gym 3-4 times a week. It's doable, for sure. I go to the gym on campus, and it takes roughly 4-5 hours out of my week.

I would recommend hitting the gym after classes. That's what I do. Bring a pair of gym clothes in your backpack. Colleges always have locker rooms to change in.

Edited by: CHRIS686 at: 2/7/2013 (23:37)
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2/7/13 8:58 P

Weight loss IS mostly about what you eat. How much you exercise IS definitely a factor, but think about it: putting down 1000+ calories can take maybe 15-30 mins, but BURNING 1000+ calories can take a couple hours! You can't work your way out of bad nutrition.

Talk to your parents regarding the meals they serve and see if you can get anything healthier!

Does your college have a gym you can use? If so, GO!!! Don't be scared. We don't bite- promise :) You can set up a book on a treadmill or stationary bike and study while you work out- it is more effective than you might think! Or, make flashcards and use those while you are on the bike. That way you don't have to sacrifice study time.

Now, for strength training- definitely DO strength training, first of all. It is really beneficial and helps you keep more of your muscle (which is what you want, trust me... I didn't when I lost weight and now I have very little strength). What I would do (and what I actually do!) is split your days up so you work out 6 days a week, maybe Monday through Saturday, and you rotate- so it's like Monday: Upper Body; Tuesday: Core; Wednesday: Lower Body; Thursday: Upper Body; Friday: Core; Saturday: Lower Body; Sunday: Rest.

For strength training, there are TONS of videos on here- and they are split into core/upper/lower too! They are typically 10-15 minutes long which would fit in with your busy schedule, and you can do then twice to get more effect if you think you can!

If you don't want to use the videos (but seriously, especially if you are new to exercise, they will help you learn proper form to avoid injury), they have Workout Plan Generator on here and you can click "under 30 minutes" and get a list of pre-made plans that suit your needs as far as time, area worked, fitness level, and equipment available.

Good luck!

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2/7/13 2:36 P

I, too, live with my parents (although I graduated in May) and I buy my own groceries and cook my own meals. (I'm also a vegetarian, and their meals are meat-and-potatoes kind of meals, so that's another reason why I buy/cook for myself.) Weight loss is about the food you eat, not the exercises you do, so while it's great that you're walking in the morning, it isn't going to help with your weight loss if you're overeating.

2/7/13 2:25 P

I'm about 230lbs, my largest yet, and starting to get tired of excess weight. I know that something has to change or I will have bad health problems. Also, I realize the value of keeping things balanced. I still live with my parents, so don't have much control over WHAT I eat, just how much.

I am a full time college student, and spend most of my time studying or in classes. My only free time during the week is 30 minutes in the mornings. I am already walking during that time, but I need to know if I should be doing more.

I have been doing this for a month, but have lost maybe one pound during that time. (Kind of discouraging)

Any advice?

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