How to Survive College Without Gaining or Losing the Freshman 15

Being in college for the past few weeks has shown me that college is not all about gaining the freshman 15, but also about losing it. Most people I know are too lazy to keep going to the dining hall for real food, so they live off of Easy-Mac in their room. I have found myself eating 1 meal a day on most days. So how do we make sure we don’t gain too much weight but also not lose too much weight? Here are a few tips:

 

1) Bring a snack with you for your downtime between classes. It has been scientifically proven that eating many small meals a day is healthier than loading on the calories for 3 large meals. So, bring granola bars, trail mix, pretzels, or other healthy snacks with you for when you are starving on the bus or waiting for a class to start. 

 

2) Set aside time to go to the dining hall for some real food. I have found that going to the dining hall for breakfast before classes start, or going for dinner after all my classes end gives me enough time to eat some real food and keeps me energized throughout the day. 

 

3) Motivation to go to the dining hall: Set aside a time to meet up with friends. After the stress and exhaustion of a long day in classes, it is nice to sit down with some people. This will allow you to stay connected socially, and also give you a reason to leave Netflix and go get some real food. 

 

4) Try to keep fruits, veggies, milk, yogurt, and other healthy essentials in your room. Rutgers gave us a refrigerator for a reason! This will keep you healthy when you have late night cravings, and it will help you ease down on the ramen and Easy-Mac.