5 Tips To Avoid The Freshman 15
Start writing a post

5 Tips To Avoid The Freshman 15

Sometimes, it's the sophomore 15 or even the finals week 15

5 Tips To Avoid The Freshman 15

Sometimes it’s not always the freshman 15. Maybe it’s the sophomore 15, or even finals week 15. According to WebMD, one in four freshmen gain at least five percent of their body weight, an average of about 10 pounds, during their first semester. Regardless, gaining some weight in college is expected. Here are some helpful tips that might make it easier to keep that extra weight off!

1. Drink water.

As simple as it seems, many people forget to. Doctors recommend at least eight glasses of water per day. What many people find handy is buying a reusable water bottle. They’re available in many grocery stores and are fairly inexpensive! An added bonus is that you’re saving the environment too!

2. Make healthy choices in the dining hall.

Again, something that seems easy. But when nothing looks too appealing and you see that tray of french fries, you might become tempted. Try to have at least one salad a day for you meal. Maybe designate lunchtime for salads only and then go a little crazier during dinner.

3. Don’t drive across campus.

Those winters can be dreadful, but driving your car across campus isn’t much better. When the weather gets nice out, walk to class and enjoy the fresh air! Walking reduces risk of heart disease and improves blood sugar levels. Plus if you walk, you’ll be saving money on gas!

4. Be careful about your alcohol choice.

It’s college; no one is going to tell you not to drink. But if you are, maybe do it in a healthier way. Pass on the beer; there are about 13 grams of carbs in just one beer! White wine has about 140 calories per glass, which is lower than red. If you’re going to drink liquor, don’t choose soda as a mixer. Try club soda or even crystal light as a substitute!

5. Don’t go out to eat so much.

Of course, campus food isn’t always going to be great. If you’re going to grab food off campus, try to make the best choice you can. My personal favorite go-to is making sure I order something without french fries. As good as they are, they are quite dangerous. Always order water instead of soda (also saves you money!) and try to avoid excessively fried food. If you want to get a salad, ask for grilled chicken instead of crispy. Those small choices can really add up and make a difference!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

12 Reasons Why I Love Christmas

What's Not To Love? But These Reasons Are Why Christmas Is Best

Young woman with open arms enjoying the snow on a street decorated with Christmas lights.

There are so many reasons why I love the Christmas time! Check out the joy that makes this time of year truly special, from festive traditions to heartwarming moments. Enjoy!

Keep Reading...Show less

A Beginner's Wine Appreciation Course

While I most certainly do not know everything, I feel like I know more than the average 21-year-old about vino, so I wrote this beginner's wine appreciate course to help YOU navigate the wine world and drink like a pro.

White wine being poured into a glass

Keep Reading...Show less
Types of ice cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? People from all over the world enjoy the frozen dessert, but different countries have their own twists on the classic treat.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

Remember The True Meaning of Christmas

“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?”

A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments