How To Lose The Freshman 15
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

5 Things I Did To Lose The Infamous Freshman 15

Here are five things I implemented in my daily routine that helped me lose my freshman weight.

22
5 Things I Did To Lose The Infamous Freshman 15

We get it—it's your first semester in college, you're trying to get the hang of the dining halls and all of the good food when you go out with your friends. It's not unnatural to gain some weight the first year of college. First of all, just know that if you did gain weight, it's OK. You're still beautiful and strong and worthy of all the self-love in the world. However, if you do want to lose some of the pesky weight, here are some things I've noticed that have helped.

Work out at least three times per week.

This really isn't that hard to accomplish: you're in the gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It'll help you a lot not only physically but mentally as well. Try switching between weights and cardio for the best results.

Cut out added sugar.

I still eat ice cream, but I eat Halo Top or Kroger Deluxe No Sugar Added Ice Cream now. Honestly, I think it tastes better because it isn't so rich, and I can indulge a little without feeling guilty. Just for comparison, a pint of Ben and Jerry's has ~1,000 calories.

I started intermittent fasting.

This takes about a week to really get the hang of, but essentially you pick an 8-hour window in which you eat (mine is 11-7), and then you fast for the rest of the time. You think you'd be starving, but honestly, I'm asleep most of the time anyway throughout that time, so it isn't too hard.

I drink more water.

This helps everything, not only my skin but also my digestion. Room temperature water is a lot easier for your body to digest, and I stop drinking water about 20 minutes before eating and resume about 20 minutes after eating, which helps your body in its initial digestion of food.

I practice moderation.

If I want pizza, I eat it. But I fill the rest of my day with more quality sources of protein, and I don't go crazy and binge. This is the biggest thing that I've learned and took me the longest to actually realize and implement in my own life.

No matter if you have trouble gaining weight, losing weight, or if you're just chilling in the skin you're in, it's important to practice and implement healthy habits while you're young so you don't face problems later on in life, and I'm so thankful I started now!

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

Holidays With the Family?

Should retail outlets close on holidays so their employees can be with their families?

172
Pexels

For the past few years, having stores open on Thanksgiving has become a popular trend. The sales have started earlier on the day known as Gray Thursday. Now, the Mall of America has taken a bold stand and is closing its doors on Thanksgiving. They are very excited in giving the day back to their workers so they can spend time with their family.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Black Friday: Explained

Time to question this unofficial corporate holiday.

2462
Flickr/John Henderson

On a personal level, Black Friday has always confused me. Everyone just ate a ton and spent all day with their families—why would we want to go out and vigorously shop, fighting crowds? I totally see why other people want to go do it, but I’ve never quite understood the concept myself. While I’ve been Black Friday shopping once or twice, I don’t get that excited about it unless it’s an opportunity to spend time with family or friends. Don’t get me wrong; I am the queen of bargains. Still, I never seem to have the energy to go out into the jungle of shoppers early the day after Thanksgiving, or even immediately after Thanksgiving dinner. Many people, though—including my loved ones—are enthusiastic about Black Friday shopping, and it seems most other Americans are the same way. So, it’s worth looking at the reasons for this commercially-driven, unofficial American holiday.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

#OptOutside This Black Friday

I am opting to go outside this Black Friday, and I hope you do so as well.

5480
Ross Woodhall

The day after Thanksgiving has always been regarded by many as the beginning of the Christmas season. While not a federal holiday, many people take off work, spend time at home with their families, and enjoy the beginning of the holiday season. This Friday off turned into a prime opportunity to begin the never-ending chore of Christmas shopping. Soon it became one of the busiest shopping days a year, which companies capitalized on by bringing the best deals of the year to this day we know as Black Friday.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

7 Moments You Only Experience As A Night Owl

Cereal never seemed more appealing than at 10 pm.

6835
7 Moments You Only Experience As A Night Owl

There is almost nothing more annoying in the world than waking up to the sound of an alarm. From the moment you get up until the time you get to bed, you are bombarded with responsibilities. You have to go to work and school, run errands, and do favors. But if you're a night owl then you have an advantage of getting a few more extra hours in the day. Here are seven perks to being a night owl:

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

17 tasty foods to cook in an air fryer

Air fryers are becoming a staple in all health conscious households because of its delicious, yet grease free way of cooking your favorite dishes! We all love a good fried chicken dish, but this is a great alternative if you are eating mindfully.

There are plenty of places that sell air fryers such as Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon.

5458
Air Fryed Avocado Fries
Photo by: Tatum Oblonsky

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments