Not everybody gains the dreaded freshman fifteen their first year in college, but it is common to gain a little weight as we learn to live on our own for the first time. There are many factors that contribute to this weight gain. The factors can be different for all people, some include lack of sleep, increased stress, dining halls, and one that is true for all is increased age. No matter what the reason, it cannot be denied that it is real. WebMD even has a page related to this trend. For some, no habits change from high school to college, but they may still gain this weight from normal aging.
Here are some steps you can take to help prevent unhealthy weight gain:
- Walk to class instead of drive. This is a simple step if you don’t have enough time to do a regular work out.
- Limit late night snacks. One reason people who sleep less gain more weight is because they usually eat higher calorie snacks at night.
- Don’t skip meals. if you skip meals, you’re bound to overcompensate at your next meal.
- Limit fast food. It is hard to find time to make healthy meals, but it is important to limit the double whoppers. There are healthy alternatives you can find in any restaurant, like salads or baked potatoes.
Read this news article from CNN Health on other ways to avoid the freshman fifteen.