College is a place that you want to be mature. You want to independent. You want to excel in your class as much as possible. Thus, you study hard. You spend more hours in the library. Because of this, you tend to eat more to satisfy your brain that has been draining your energy. You also gain more friends, thus you start drinking a lot. Suddenly, for only one semester; you realize that you have gained 15 lbs. it is the old freshman 15 syndrome.
Let’s take a look at the causes of weight gain:
- You don’t control your food intake in the cafeteria. You tend to always get a second serving.
- Because of late night study groups, you always tend to have high carbohydrate, low protein midnight snacks.
- You have no control in eating unhealthy snacks like chips and other junk food which are loaded with calories.
- You have no control in drinking alcohol, especially beer which is so high in calories. While drinking, you always tend to eat fries and burgers along with it.
Getting rid of the fat you gained:
- Control your eating habits. It is not enough to what to eat and what not to eat. You must be vigilant and do it yourself.
- Water therapy. Drink lots of water. Drink one cold glass in the morning before breakfast. Drink some more before each meal and even during meals. Forget about sodas, it has lots of calories.
- Avoid sugar foods and other processed foods. It is better to eat natural, like fruits and vegetables.
- If you and your study group decide to have a midnight snack, control your food intake. Eat only half of a burger or perhaps just a slice of pizza.
- Get physical. Have lots of physical activities, at least one hour or more. Go to the gym and lift weights at least two to three times a week and run or walk everyday for at least thirty minutes.