Hey, College Kids: Don’t Gain the Freshman 15!
Hey college kids and parents of college kids! The new school year is starting soon, so we have some tips (that we know about first-hand) that will make sure you don’t gain that dreaded freshman 15 your first semester at school. Keep reading for tips, tricks…and a touch of humor.
When I began my freshman year of college, I was lucky enough to be svelte and tall (well, taller than most of my friends at 5’7). By the end of the year, I had actually lost weight. A few years out of college, and well…I guess the freshman fifteen (and then some) finally caught up with me. In terms of my first year, however, I knew that there were ways to avoid sitting in the cafeteria downing salty food and high-sugar drinks…and some are a lot easier and more sensible than you might think!
Congrats! You are actually studying in college! Now the next step is to consider your midnight habits. A taco and a greasy slice of pizza (or three) dipped in garlic butter sauce (you know the type) will not do your waistline any favors. When you are up late during a cram session, pack some carrots and hummus in your backpack so that you won’t be attempted to sit in the cafeteria or attack the vending machines. Smarter choices late at night when you are 18 or 19 will make a huge difference when you are in your mid-twenties: trust us!
It’s inevitable: most people are likely to drink in college, legal or not. Whether you’ve touched a beer before or not, there will be plenty of opportunities to drink, whether it’s at a frat party, a house party, a bar that lets in college kids under age 21 or just while at someone’s dorm. Just remember that it is illegal, and we don’t support underage drinking. If you do choose to drink, however, drink a light beer like Amstel Light and forgo the vodka soda: if you don’t have experience with alcohol, hard liquor is not something to consider, low calorie or not!
No matter what you call it, chances are that soda (pop) has a place in your life, whether it’s for your sugar-high or caffeine addiction. Starbucks and other local coffee shops also provide you with caffeine at a price: not only is it expensive, but it’s pumped full of creamers, chocolate and fat you don’t need. Stick to healthier options, or use skim milk or soy in your coffee beverages. You can enjoy a diet soda here or there, but don’t over-do it. Quitting the pop habit now will have you seeing a slimmer waist when you’re 25 or even 30! We know it seems like ages away, but time really does fly by when you’re having fun (and learning, of course).
Work it Out
There is a recreation center at your college or university: use it! It’s included in your tuition, which is likely pricey, so take advantage of this opportunity while you can, whether it’s on the elliptical or at the pool. If you prefer the outdoors, utilize the outdoor track or take long walks with friends or that new boyfriend. Whatever you do, don’t completely omit exercise: your combo of moderation in your diet with a healthy amount of exercise (2-3 days per week) will keep your body the way it is…and not something it shouldn’t be!
How do/did you stay fit freshman year? What is your tip for avoiding the dreaded F15?
Let me know in the COMMENTS!