It’s that time of the year again: back to school… And for some of us it means becoming college freshmen. As well as new faces and new classes, we now face the ultimate struggle of trying not to gain the infamous freshman 15.
As college freshmen, we are no longer getting healthy home cooked meals and are instead consuming mass-produced cafeteria food for every meal (not to mention the cheap snacks that we keep in our dorm).
This is a big change for most of us, but we can make sure it isn’t a bad change by following these simple steps.
#1 – Walk To Class.
On my campus we have a shuttle system from the dorms to classes. It is very convenient, especially when you’re running late — but that should be the only time you take a free ride to class.
If you have the time, it is in your best interest (and the interest of your body) to leave 15 minutes early and walk to class. This can be hard to do when it is boiling hot outside, trust me I live in Texas I know that feel, but I force myself to walk to all of my classes when I have the time.
Just remember to bring water with you to avoid getting dehydrated.
#2 – Drink All The Water You Can.
Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body. It helps sustain your appetite and overall just makes life better.
This is especially crucial if you are a coffee drinker. Coffee will not hydrate you so just make sure you are drinking water along side your coffee to avoid getting the feeling of drinking but not actually hydrating your body. Give it what it needs: water.
This is also a great thing to do if you are eating all your meals on campus since the food that the school provides is not always the best for your insides. Try to drink at least one glass of water during each meal.
Please just don’t live off of soda & coffee for the caffeine!
#3 – Don’t Eat Out Of Boredom.
This is something that many people struggle with. It’s a challenge to understand your body and know if your body is hungry or if it is just your mind. Now I am not advocating starving yourself but you need to get to know your body.
The one trick I use in determining if I’m really hungry or just bored is by drinking something. Whether it is apple juice, water, or milk it is always a good idea to drink something then wait ten minutes to see if you are still having the urge to sit down and eat a whole bag of hot fries.
Also try to stay away from any kind of carbonated drink like soda in this process because the carbonation is rumored to expand your stomach (meaning making you more hungry) which is not what we want. We want to make sure that is it your body and not just your mind telling you to eat something.
Bonus Tip: Try To Work Out (When You Can).
Every school campus I have been to has a beautiful gym. This is one of the amenities that you should take full advantage of. Just 30 minutes a day doing some kind of physical activity like lifting or cardio will help ensure a healthy and better feeling body. However, I competely understand the intimidation that comes with going to the gym on your college campus, especially as a freshmen. But it is there for a reason; to make you feel better.