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Tips for Losing the Freshman 15

If this is your first semester of college, you may have noticed that your pants are fitting a little snug. On average, a person gains 15 pounds during their very first year of college. There are a lot of reasons for this...sudden freedom, more food choices, and less mandatory physical activity among the many. Of course, this weight can certainly be discouraging. If you are approaching your very first college break, and you have a few more pounds than you want, check out these tips for losing the weight and getting back on track.

Get Out of the Cafeteria

Most of the time, the cafeteria on campus offers a lot of options. Not only that, but many meal plans offer unlimited visits. This can mean taking in a lot more calories than what you re used to. If you have an unlimited meal plan, limit your visits AND your number of helpings. This can help to get your portions back on track and your calories under control. With some persistence and self control, this one step may help you lose all that you have gained thus far.

Join a Gym

Some colleges have a gym that you can join for free just for attending the school. If you have one of these, take advantage! In high school, PE or athletics is often mandatory. Once you hit college, it is likely that you workout a lot less than you once did. This means that you are not only taking in more calories, but burning off a lot less. Get into your local gym and stick with a fitness plan to lose the pesky last few pounds.

Stop Snacking

My dorm room was often full of unhealthy snacks. Chips, microwave popcorn, name it and it was probably in my room at one point or another. This unhealthy snacking can lead to really bad weight problems. If possible, replace the bad snacks with healthy ones. Pick fruits and vegetables or other healthier options. This will decrease your caloric intake and increase your vitamin intake for a healthier body and weight.

Just because the freshman 15 is pretty normal, it doesn’t mean that you have to go crazy and outgrow your clothes. With some planning and restraint, you can enjoy the college experience and stay fit at the same time.

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