The infamous “freshman 15” is a term used to describe the amount of pounds many college freshman tend to gain their first year away from home. Give or take a few pounds, entering college is an overwhelming experience in itself; new friends, environment, schedules, and freedom all come into play at once.
Here are some tips to forgo the freshman 15:
- Always eat breakfast. Your body fasts throughout the night and needs a hearty, protein-rich, whole-grain breakfast to kick-start your metabolism. Studies show that you’ll make smarter food choices throughout the day if you start out with a healthy breakfast!
- Drink lots of water throughout the day. Not only will you stay hydrated, but also, sometimes we confuse hunger with thirst. Down a big glass of water before reaching for a snack.
- Plan ahead. Have a busy day? Prepare snack packs: peanut butter and celery sticks with raisins, homemade trail mix, string cheese and almonds, hard-boiled eggs (apologize in advance).
- Choose grilled, steamed, or broiled dishes at the Dining halls. Don’t be afraid to ask how the food was prepared! So what if you’re “that person”, maybe your healthy habits will rub off on others.
- Indulge..in moderation. Live life on the edge and have a cookie! But don’t go cray-cray.
There are plenty of things to do and things not to do when it comes to avoiding the Freshman 15. My best piece of advice? You’re in the best place to make healthy, grown-up decisions; listen to your body, be active, and enjoy the ride!
-Katie Evans, Wellness and Fitness Graduate Assistant