A recent study found one out of four college freshmen gains about 10 pounds during their first semester. There are various reasons as to why many college students see an increase in weight. They include a decrease in physical activity, eating too much food in dining halls, snacking a lot, drinking sugary coffees, pop and alcohol.
It’s important to keep your physical activity and to watch your caloric intake when you are in college to help maintain a healthy weight. Having a food log or exercise log can help keep track of both. Eating breakfast (to help start metabolism), watching portions, and making healthy food choices (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) are ways to help stop the “college weight gain”. Eating lean proteins (lean beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, beans), incorporating healthy fats in your diet (nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil) and drinking low calorie drinks (water, low-fat or fat-free milk, unsweetened teas, and coffee) are also good ideas. Limiting fried foods, sweets, alcohol, and other such foods are recommended. Also, incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity almost every day. By doing all these things will help you survive the college weight gain battle.