SURVIVOR SERIES: HOW TO AVOID WEIGHT GAIN IN COLLEGE
Good news! You won’t have to worry about the “freshman 15” ever again. The “freshman 15” doesn’t actually exist. It is a myth! Although, it is true that students tend to gain weight in college, it is typically only 2-7 pounds. It is rare for students to gain the full fifteen.
On that note, it still is important to be active and eat healthy. The average college student does tend to put on weight every year! Luckily, you have freedom at college. You don’t have parents telling you what to do! You don’t have to clean your room, watch after your siblings, or go to bed early. You can eat whenever and whatever you want. You will always have options. So use them to your advantage in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Here is what you should do:
- Walk to class.
Avoid taking the bus. If you walk everywhere you will get in the extra exercise you need. Sometimes this is enough!
- Intramural sports.
Join a league! Whether you’re athletic or not, Oswego offers a ton of non-competitive sports/hobbies to students. There is indoor soccer, handball, swim lessons, table tennis, volleyball, you name it!
- Join the gym.
It is $60 to join the gym for a single semester, and $100 to join the gym for the whole year. Use this to your advantage and try it out.
- Workout in your room.
If the gym isn’t the place for you, try working out in your dorm room! FitnessBlender is a YouTube channel that provides a variety of indoor workouts that you can do on your dorm room floor.
- Take the stairs.
Skip the elevator.
- Find a fitness buddy.
Working out alone can get boring fast. Try to find a friend to hit the gym with. They will motivate you and keep you from giving up!
- Don’t eat three hours before bedtime.
This helps your body slow down for the rest of the night. Having a normal sleep schedule and getting a good night sleep will help you avoid night eating! It’s not always about what you eat but when you eat it. Eating at night leads to twice as much weight gain.
- Eat slow.
Wait about 20 minutes before you go back for seconds. The slower you eat, the less you will eat.
- Eat at regular times.
Do not skip meals! It can lead to binge eating. So try to maintain a balanced diet in order to keep yourself energized and active.
- Drink water.
Cut off all sugary drinks! This will save you so many unnecessary calories.
- Eat Breakfast.
This is the most important meal of the deal. Like I said, eating at night can lead to weight gain because you will most likely not work off your meal at 11pm at night. When you eat in the morning, you have all day to work off those calories!
If you ever want more information about eating healthy or staying fit, contact the Lifestyles Center here at SUNY Oswego. The Lifestyles Center is located in Mary Walker and is always looking for visitors. You can also contact the schools Registered Dietician, Sarah Formoza at 315.312.3284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written and researched by Megan Tuohey, Peer Educator