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Avoiding Freshman Year College Weight Gain


If you do not want to fall prey to the “freshman fifteen,” you need to make a conscious effort to watch your diet and activity level. This article suggests different ways to avoid unnecessary weight gain while in college, so that you can staying looking and feeling great about yourself.

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									Avoiding Freshman Year College Weight Gain

It is not uncommon for many people, both male and female, to gain several pounds during their first
year at college. This could be due to a change in eating habits, sleep deprivation, stress, drinking, or a
number of other factors.

However, one important thing to keep in mind is that it is not inevitable—it can be avoided with the
right habit changes, and attention to your fitness. This is not to say that you should be dieting and
worrying about your weight all the time, instead of having fun.

It simply comes down to a logical way of exercising, eating smart, and taking care of yourself. If you are
careful to do these things, you can stay looking and feeling great, instead of whining about your weight
gain when the summer months roll around.

Change Your Attitude

One of the first and most important things you can do is to change your attitude toward food, and about
eating in general. Being away from home for the first time is difficult for everyone, and loneliness and
stress can lead to comfort eating.

When you are in an unfamiliar setting it is not difficult to turn to food for a little extra comfort. Train
yourself to eat only when you are truly hungry, and not to meet any emotional needs you may be

There are better ways to deal with the change of emotions—trying working out on a treadmill, talking to
a friend, calling family, watching a favorite movie, or just getting out into nature. Food no longer has to
be the answer to your problems—it only become inches on your hips and waist!

Find Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress

                                                          Next, make sure that you find healthy ways to
                                                          deal with stress. Stress is a very common part of
                                                          the transition to college, and everyone
                                                          experiences it as some point.

                                                          Learning how to deal with it effectively can keep
                                                          you from gaining weight. After all, stress tends to
                                                          lower our metabolism, and our ability to lose

                                                        Try to de-stress your schedule, and cut out any
                                                        unnecessary activities that may be taking too
much time in your schedule. Trying working out when you are stressed—taking a run on the treadmill is
a great way to relieve any stress you may be feeling from school.
One of the best ways to stress-proof your body is by eating a healthy diet. Make sure that you get
enough sleep every night, so that you are able to better deal with the stressful events of the day.

Eat healthy foods that will keep your blood pressure down, while giving you energy. When things
become too overwhelming, call a close friend or family member for a little talk time.

Connecting with others can do wonders when it comes to stress relief. It can also help to keep off those
unnecessary pounds.

There are many people that do not realize the physical repercussions that can occur if they gain too
much weight. There are many negative repercussions that can occur and you should be sure that you
understand the severity of continually gaining too much weight.

Possible Surgery

If you gain too much weight you may need a surgery to recover. As you are looking into your surgical
options you have to make sure that you are going to ask about any type of electro surgery.

When you look into electro surgical tools you want to make sure that you are going to realize any
benefits and risks associated. Take time to talk to your doctor about the differences between electro
surgeries and surgeries that do not require electro surgical tools.

While you take time to find the surgery that is right for you, you may be able to minimize your healing
time. Be sure that you understand how you can get a second opinion to ensure that you are getting all
of the facts necessary.

Make sure that you take the time that you need to make your decision wisely. And, if at all possible, it is
important that you understand how you are going to be wise about avoiding the surgeries and health
problems that come with gaining too much weight.

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