Avoid the ‘Freshman 15’ with These 10 Tips

You don’t want to miss out on these great tips if you are heading to college this fall
Avoid the ‘Freshman 15’

Don’t let your diet flunk your first semester of college.

When they tell you that college will be the best time of your life, they’re not lying. Spending time with new friends, decorating your dormpartying studying on the weekends — it’s all it’s cracked up to be. And although most of the premeditated downfalls of college are myths, unfortunately, some are true. We’re here to save you from making common dietary mistakes and avoid that “freshman 15” before it’s too late.

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The first thing you should know is that most of the food in the cafeteria is processed junk. Don’t gravitate towards the fast food or pizza. Seriously, in most cases it’s not even real pizza. Instead of fast food options or premade sandwiches, head for the salad bar or even some of the ethnic food stations — opting for vegetables and protein selections. You could even try to (gasp!) make your own foods. When you head to the cafeteria, think of how many times you’d have to walk across campus to burn off that slice of pizza or burger. Totally not worth it.

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The second thing you should know: drinking beer will ruin your figure. Literally, it will take your body and turn it into a rounder, much fuller version of itself. If you’re of age, choose clear liquors and calorie-free mixers. Don’t drink the punch at the frat party, and don’t drink cheap alcohol. There’s a reason that vodka is $5, it’s because it’s essentially toxic. You’re going to be in bed for at least 24 hours, and unable to consume anything. Not worth it. If you’re not of age, don’t drink. Hey, think of the calories you’ll save. And skip the soda! You’d be better off eating a bowl of sugar. (Gross!)

To recap: avoid processed food, don’t drink beer or that mystery punch at the frat house, build complete meals and think before you eat something. Each meal should contain protein, vegetables and a complex carb. A prime example would be brown rice with grilled chicken and vegetables. It sounds boring, but trust me, it’ll help you avoid the freshman 15. We’ve compiled a list of 10 tips to avoid unnecessary weight gain, and help you enjoy your college experience.

Eat on a Schedule

The best thing you can do for your body is to set an eating schedule, so your body can adjust to a new place and schedule. Make sure you eat breakfast, and try to eat every 4-5 hours.

Stop Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol is liquid sugar. It is literally your worst enemy in trying to maintain your weight and enjoy college. If you’re of age and choose to drink, stick to clear liquids and calorie free mixers.


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