Everyone has heard the phrase “freshman 15”, but how much of it do we know to be true? After much research, we’ve concluded that this phrase can actually be true, but only if you allow it to be.
We all know that starting off your college career can be a scary and stressful time, especially if you are moving across the U.S. away from home. Living on your own, whether in a dorm or apartment calls for responsibility. Even though studies have shown that the freshman 15 is realistically more like the freshman 3-10 (lbs.). If you don’t prepare, then you can definitely be at risk to gain some college weight.
Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind during your entire college career, which will help keep your health on the right track:
- Get plenty of sleep (although being a college student is stressful, try your best)
- Drink lots of H20
- Keep healthy snacks in your minifridge for in between meals
- Look up MyPlate to see how to incorporate the 5 food groups into your diet
- Stay active
- Eat breakfast
- Talk to your University dietician to help come up with a meal plan that you can accommodate with the dining hall on campus
Remember, the freshman 15 will only come to be if you allow it. Monitor your eating habits and take care of yourself!