5 Easy Ways To Avoid The "Freshman Fifteen"

5 Easy Ways To Avoid The "Freshman Fifteen"

For incoming freshman, here's how I've avoided the dreaded freshman weight gain.


Most everyone going into college has heard of the dreaded "freshman fifteen." If you haven't, the "freshman fifteen" refers to the weight gain many students face their first year of college. A lot of factors go into this phenomenon. A mixture of dining hall food, snacking, and general laziness can cause students to gain a little weight. Going into college, I was very worried about the "freshman fifteen." However, I set rules for myself that allowed me to actually lose a little weight my freshman year instead of gaining weight. These rules aren't strict at all, and I don't even require consistently working out. Here are some ways I avoided the "freshman fifteen" this year.

1. Eat consistently.

As a college student, it's easy to skip meals if your class schedule is odd or if you're just too lazy to go to a dining hall (ME). However, this causes a cycle that can make you gain weight. You'll skip a meal, and then during the next meal eat way more than you usually would. You'll also probably crave high-calorie foods because of your hunger. Eating a consistent three meals a day keeps your energy up throughout the day and also promotes better-portioned meals. You are more likely to maintain your weight if you eat consistent, well-portioned meals.

2. Drink water.

This is a big one. With access to soda machines in the dining halls, it's easy to skip the water and go straight for a Coca-Cola. Although I don't think it's a bad thing to treat yourself to a soda, drinking one at every meal can cause you to gain weight. Make sure to drink water with at least one meal a day. It is also easy to forget to drink water with such busy college schedules, but water is so important. Water helps to boost your metabolism and rid of the waste in your body. Keeping a reusable water bottle in my backpack has helped me to remember to drink water every day.

3. Walk to class more.

Having buses on campus is amazing, don't get me wrong. However, sometimes the buses become so convenient that you end up bussing everywhere instead of walking. If it is a nice day outside, consider walking to class instead of riding the bus. Sometimes setting a goal is helpful. A good place to start is 10,000 steps a day. Setting a goal gives incentive to your walking and is a fun way to stay healthy and challenge yourself.

4. Eat your fruits and veggies.

This is probably the toughest one. Dining halls definitely make it easy to eat unhealthily. Burgers, fries, hot wings, pasta, you name, the dining hall probably has it. Every now and then it is important to incorporate vegetables and fruits into your diet and doing this will make you feel much better than greasy foods will.

5. Relax.

Stress can be a large factor in weight gain, and college undoubtedly is very stressful. Homework, projects, and deadlines can stack up and make anyone feel crazy. Finding ways to relax is very important in reducing your stress levels. Make sure to take some time for yourself whether it be a nap, a face mask, or even just some Netflix. Self-care is a great way to avoid the "freshman fifteen."

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

4 Ways The Plan To Deport International Students Is Dumb, According To An Exchange Student

The whole policy isn't very stay-in-place, if you ask me.

Wikimedia Commons

On Monday, July 6, new federal guidelines were announced that do not allow international students to remain in the U.S. unless they are taking classes in person. Which, if you ask me, is stupid.

Keep Reading... Show less

Naya Rivera Is Missing, And She Deserves SO Much More Than Being Labeled 'Big Sean's' Ex'

We are all sending prayers to Naya Rivera hoping she finds them so we can find her.

I woke up this morning looking to find Naya Rivera's name trending No. 1 on Twitter. I was reading all of everyone's prayers wishing to find her so she can be reunited with her baby boy who is only 4 years old.

Naya's son's name is Lord and the entire collective is hoping the Lord is with him right now. I'm a firm believer in the Fear of God, I hope all of Naya's love is protecting Lord right now.

Keep Reading... Show less

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still surging in the United States, where we are averaging 50,000 cases daily, wearing a face mask has become even more important. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, has stressed the importance of wearing a mask and is pleading Americans to take notice of the "disturbing" rise in cases. It would be common sense to listen to him, considering we are dealing with a virus that has a mortality rate higher than what we have seen with other viruses.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Sex Toys You NEED To Turn Up The Heat This Summer

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but...

It's your fairy sex godmother back at it again and here to tell you that masturbating is an essential need, just like toilet paper.

It comes with so many benefits, besides cumming. According to the New York City Health Department, "you are your safest sex partner" during a pandemic, so why not use the best toys to get the job done? Shopping for the best fit can be tricky because there are a few factors to consider — whether it's the price point, experience, sound, and more.

Keep Reading... Show less

These 3 Smoothies Totally Cleared My Acne-Prone And Scarred Skin

How I drank my way to flawless skin.

With this summer being the first of its kind for most people to be in the midst of a global pandemic, almost everyone is beginning to have an overall focus on improving their health.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone remembers the first time they went to one of the Disney parks. Spinning in teacups and having Goofy wrap his arms around my 8-year-old self were some of my fondest childhood memories, and I'm surely not alone in that.

Keep Reading... Show less

These Superfood Beauty Products Show Kale And Matcha Work For SO Much More Than We Thought

Just another summer's day with a cold glass of kombucha on my face.

I've been vegan for about six years now, so a love for fresh vegetables and superfoods has now become a core part of my being. Don't get me wrong. I love my indulgent, creamy pastas and truffle fries more than anyone. But I keep most of my focus on eating clean and healthy so I can indulge guilt-free.

But I'd say about a large part of my diet has always, unknowingly, included superfoods. Being Indian, lentils, beetroot, garlic, ginger, and whole grains have been core essentials on the family dinner table since I could digest solid foods.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments