When I visit college campuses, I can’t help but notice that an alarming number of students are overweight. In fact, I just read a story in The Chronicle of Higher Education, that stated that a third of college students are overweight. If your jeans don’t fit at age 20, I hate think how much your waist band will stretch by age 30 or 40.
I think freshmen are especially susceptible to weight gain in college – Freshman 15 – because of all the food that’s available round the clock for the first time in their lives.
- Don’t use a cafeteria tray – you can pile too much food on it. Only eat what you can carry to the table with your own two hands.
- Avoid the cafeteria’s self-serve ice cream. A Dairy Queen self-serve ice cream cone is 280 calories.
- Avoid yogurt toppings. A medium scoop of yogurt is 113 calorie, but that doesn’t include all the brownie chunks, sprinkles, gloppy fruit sauce and M&M’s that college students dump on it.
- Stop binge drinking. Five 8-ounce margaritas equal up to 2,500 calories. Five 12-ounce beers equal up to 800 calories. Five shots of liquor add up to 1,000 calories.
- Don’t play Beer Pong, Flip Cup and other drinking games — you’ll drink more than you think.
- Post this warning on your dorm mini fridge: To loose one pound of weight, you must burn 3,500 calories more than you consume.
- Don’t eat anything straight out of a bag or carton.
- Avoid dorm vending machines. You don’t need a Kit Kat bar at 1 a.m.
- Visit Rachel & Ramen for healthy cooking tips from a student attending College of William & Mary.
- Start a food journal and write down everything you eat.
Here’s where you can find the rest of the weight loss tips.