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8/29/10 2:57 P

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I started a grad program a couple years ago along with working full-time, and lost weight. I was too busy to eat so I was forced to eat many small meals. I never lose weight when I'm doing field work despite hiking for hours and carry heavy equipment. I think everyone's body just works differently. As long as I don't have a meal plan, I know I'll be losing weight during grad school.

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8/1/10 3:21 P

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Undoubtedly. I took a 15 month hiatus from school just over 2 years ago, and my weight dropped by ten pounds with no conscious effort to lose. I had the time to be more active, go to the produce market often, cook healthy meals, and get enough sleep. And for me, no school stress = no stress bingeing.


**oh, and I gained it all back in the past year since returning to my studies.

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It would be an interesting dissertation topic. I do know many of my fellow students have not gained significant weight, actually. So it would be interesting to see if there are common factors among those who do and those who don't.



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I think it definitely contributes to weight gain! For me, the tremendous amounts of reading is enough to make me a couch potato for the day. Add on strange and strenuous working hours, lack of energy to cook, and the convenience of on-campus food and I was doomed for disaster! It doesn't help that my friends here are quick to head to fast food.

I'm brown bagging it from now on... and avoiding the caffeine to the best of my ability... But it is still going to be an uphill battle.



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7/3/10 1:07 P

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I completely agree with you CraftySarah! I definitely make poor food choices and live a sedentary lifestyle when I'm forced to study all day in order to pass the constant slue of exams. And I feel embarrassed too, because I'm in medical school! I know what's healthy and how crucial physical activity is to health. I even counsel patients on living a healthier lifestyle. It makes me feel like I'm being hypocritical. So, I'm determined to remedy this. My goal is not just to lose the weight I've gained, but to serve as a healthy example for the patients I will see in the future.

"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.

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It seems like someone should do a dissertation on this.

I have certainly used the stress and time demands associated with grad school as an excuse to make bad decisions about eating and working out. All the more embarrassing since I am studying health promotion.



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5/25/10 10:22 A

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It definitely has for me...I have access to the gym on campus, but by the end of working a full day and going to class or my internship, I'm just too tired to even think about exercising. Plus, when you're gone 14+ hours, it's hard to pack enough food to last you a whole day, so I've been eating out way more than I ever did. I'm trying to take advantage of the somewhat slower pace of summer classes to get back to the gym (I went last night!) and get my eating back on track...it's tough though, I weigh more now than I ever did, and I still have a job where I'm sitting most of the time. Stress has not been helpful either...

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5/25/10 8:44 A

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Prior to this thread, I had not considered the connection between weight gain and grad school. My personal experience has been that focusing on learning made eating/exercising lower priorities and I made choices that were not always the wisest, though often the quickest.

I did a quick search of the literature and found a great deal of material about the freshman 15 but nothing on graduate student weight gain. It might be interesting to see if there are similarities between the two.

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3/28/10 5:36 P

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Grad school meant weight gain for me because I am an emotional eater. All the stress used to get to me but now I'm making better choices.

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3/24/10 3:32 P

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Luckily I've managed to maintain my weight. I think part of the fact may be that I eat breakfast at home, pack my lunch (and don't really get any extra treats) and then eat dinner (and not too many snacks!) when I get home.

When I know I am going to get home late, I try to eat my lunch in "sections" so I can stretch the last of it until 2 or 3pm. Then when I get home at 7 or 8, I am more likely to find something healthy to eat, rather than eating whatever I see first.

I do watch too much TV though, and I've started trying not to eat my meals on the couch, so I don't associate the couch with food.

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10/3/08 6:08 A

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On the cable vs groceries question, just know that people who watch more than 2 hours of TV a day are MUCH more likely to be overweight. It's not just the sitting around, it's the fact that you don't monitor your eating, and you're watching so many tasty commercials.

'Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.'

After all, as Zig Ziglar said,"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now."
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10/2/08 4:43 P

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Grad school poverty lol has made me reassess my eating habits. I spend way too much money on the fast foods that I have decided to get disciplined about buying groceries and making a decent meal and package it for the week. I have saved time because I have food prepared and I am working through resisting the evil free food that constantly invades my department meetings etc. It takes discipline and creativity to work with our budget but your health is your health and thats first priority. Shuu I cut down on my cable so I could have more money for groceries.

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10/2/08 3:49 P

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I know the biggest issue for me is being poor and having little money and time for food preparation. it's so much easier to eat the fattening things like chips than take time and money to eat an actual meal. I've been good this year about getting lean cuisines instead of eating pizza all the time, or stopping at McDonalds, etc.
But I have little motivation to make healthy, nutritious meals. sparkpeople has been helpful in reminding me of quick and easy snacks, etc., that I can have. But that has been the biggest struggle for me.
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9/30/08 7:19 A

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Actually, I gained the most weight when I started working full time while working on my dissertation. Another reason to finish!

'Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.'

After all, as Zig Ziglar said,"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now."
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9/29/08 6:40 P

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Thats the excuse we give ourselves. I have decided that without my health, I can't get my doctorate completed so I am actually taking time to exercise and take care of myself. I am making sacrifices in other areas but not when it comes to what will make me sane enough to complete that paper or finish my dissertation. I refuse to be done with my program and have to start wondering what happened to my body and my life. For me Grad school will equal healthy lifestyle.

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9/29/08 6:37 P

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Thats the excuse we give ourselves. I have decided that without my health, I can't get my doctorate completed so I am actually taking time to exercise and take care of myself. I am making sacrifices in other areas but not when it comes to what will make me sane enough to complete that paper or finish my dissertation. I refuse to be done with my program and have to start wondering what happened to my body and my life. For me Grad school will equal healthy lifestyle.

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9/24/08 10:06 A

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For me, it definitely meant weight gain. Working a full day (sitting at a computer) then running to class, then staying up late to get work done, up early to get to work etc etc etc. The lack of sleep, movement and time allowed me to gain over 30 pounds during my program.

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9/23/08 9:32 P

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And now they've come out with research that implies that thinking hard leads to eating more calories. I'm working on my dissertation and working full-time. I have definitely gained a lot of weight during this stint at grad school. Too bad we don't know more about how using a lot of metal energy affects the metabolism...

'Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.'

After all, as Zig Ziglar said,"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now."
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8/16/08 9:27 A

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THERESE08,

I think you're right. The need to do well ofter overshadows our personal well being. About the fourth year I realized I had no life except for reading, writing, and studying. Personal ailments and family health issues brought me to the conclusion that I needed to rethink what was important.

Good luck on your plan to workout more and get more sleep. emoticon

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8/15/08 3:13 P

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I think that when the pressure is on, all I want to focus on is studying and working. I do nothing but that in fact. My strategy this year, however, is to decide that school will NOT be my whole life...even if it means the difference between an A and B. My health and wellbeing is just too important. My plan is to get up at 6am every morning to go running or workout and to make sure that I get to bed at a reasonable hour so that I am able to get up early again the next day. We'll see how it goes.

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Why thank you.

If I could make one recommendation, I would say to use exercise as your stress relief. This is a way to accomplish 2 things at once. Schedule a time to exercise, and stick to it, just like anything else you would schedule. Even if it means you get 1/2 hour less of sleep, you will sleep better for the time you do get to sleep.

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7/17/08 11:22 P

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Amanda,

You are a true inspiration for the rest of us!

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7/17/08 11:01 P

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Pedess,

You are right about the stress. I had forgotten about the stress which of course is a contributor. Would any of us stand for being subjects of such research? Don't think I would. That would only add to the stress.

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For me, grad school = weight loss. Not a whole lot...somewhere around 7 pounds I think.

It could be the field I'm in though. We do a lot of sitting, but we also have a lot of lab time where we are moving around, climbing on tables to stretch people, doing exercise tests, and all kinds of fun stuff.

And I'm feeding off the energy of my classmates to keep me motivated to run races. They keep asking when my next race is, so I figure I have to sign up for more so I can have an answer.



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7/17/08 3:22 P

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I'd love to see some research on it.... Not only because of the less active lifestyle and messed up eating habits, but also because stress often helps pack on the weight.

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I know it definitely has meant that for me. I gained weight going through my master's and now that I'm working on the doctorate the pattern has continued. I'm new to SparkPeople so I'm hoping this keeps me accountable for what I'm eating on the run and pushes me to be more active when I do have the time.

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Oh, I forgot about the food on the run problem. I worked full time for two years and it was pack a sensible lunch then lose your mind trying to find something quick to eat before going to class. Way too many burgers at Wendy's and Burger King.

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Sure has for me! I've gained 10 pounds since starting my master's (only six months left - yay!) For me, part of it is not having time to be as active or work out. But mostly, It's all the food I cram down my throat when I'm putting off doing homework or stressing about it. Trying sooooo hard to get that under control.

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Just curious about the relationship, if any, between being a graduate student and the tendency to gain weight. My RA and TA assignments meant more sitting and less activity. Add that to sitting and reading and sitting at the computer and I was (am) doomed.

Anyone find that being scholarly (initially) is detrimental to your efforts to stay trim and fit?

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