Freshman 15. HELP!!

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    Sep 11, 2007 5:16 PM GMT
    Ok the Freshman 15 is, every Freshman puts on 15lbs their first year. I have put on 4 already. I'm trying to watch what I eat but the food is better than what I've had at school before. I try to get to the gym mondays, wednesdays and fridays. Any more advice?
  • iHavok

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    Sep 11, 2007 5:39 PM GMT
    MSNBC has a great article about this. Stuff to avoid, healthy substitutions, and general advice.
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    Sep 11, 2007 5:50 PM GMT
    I just recently graduated college and I can say that I gained the freshman 15 plus a sophomore 10. It took me my last two years to lose it all again. I didn't vary my meal enough and always went for the typical food that was only a once-in-a-while thing at home. My recommendation is to balance the meal. Also to try and get enough sleep because that will and does have a partial impact on weight gain.

    For more information you should Google the Freshman 15. There are plenty of articles on how to avoid it. Good luck!
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    Sep 11, 2007 7:02 PM GMT
    take Dominos off your speed dial...the late nite pizza delivery after the bars close are the biggest culprit...
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Sep 11, 2007 7:27 PM GMT
    In total, I gained the college 40-50 (thank goodness I was on the bottom edge of healthy weight before I started there!); a buffet cafeteria combined with poor eating habits made for a terrible combo. You have my sympathies for your potential gain.

    My suggestions, after having shed off a little over 30 lbs this past Sep-to-Sep year, include the following:

    * developing an increased awareness of the calories you consume versus a reasonable approximation of the calories you expend; this includes looking comparative at the nutrition labels of the food you're likely to buy

    * moderate your food intake and make yourself aware of how many servings you've had / intend on having

    * be aware of the caloric intake of any booze you may consume

    * replace "try to get to" with "go to and use"

    * cardio, cardio, and cardio

    * engage in physical activities (sports and hobbies) with your friends to enjoyable burn calories

    * walk for twenty minutes instead of driving for five, where possible

    * make sure that you're not confusing your lean muscle mass gains with your potential increase in excess fat (in terms of your weight)

    * find alternative exercises that can replace the ones your school gym lacks

    * beware takeout ("fast food") and their presumed serving sizes

    * structure your meals-per-day and develop some degree of dietary discipline
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    Sep 11, 2007 7:33 PM GMT
    And:

    * maintain a journal / record of your intentional exercises (at the gym, longer walks, etc); such a record can help you put pressure and expectation on yourself as well as provide you with positive feedback (tracking increased weights, calories burned on machines, etc)
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    Sep 11, 2007 8:23 PM GMT
    sushi. lots and lots of sushi.
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    Sep 11, 2007 8:42 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth made pretty much the most thorough list you're gonna get lol

    on the sushi thing, be careful how much you consumed because only a few pieces are a full serving of starchy white carbs that spike sugar levels and slow metabolic rate...go for sushi with brown rice (or none if thats your choice).

    When you fill your plate, just look at it then remove half of each thing. balanced meals are good, but balanced diets are much more important.

    also, goji berries, just because :)
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    Sep 11, 2007 9:09 PM GMT
    Of course, it's not all just about the feedbag. Probably most freshmen are still growing and SHOULD be gaining some weight. Don't freak out over a few pounds if your overall health is good.

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    Sep 11, 2007 11:22 PM GMT
    Try keeping track of your food intake at fitday.com or something like thatso you know exactly what's going into your body. It's free so why not.
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    Sep 12, 2007 12:15 AM GMT
    Make sure to walk to all of your classes if you have a big campus. Just by doing that I end up walking 1-2 miles here. Now add to that a couple of days a week of running (recommend 2-3 miles at least for each session) and you're good to go. If you weight train 3-4 days a week also, for an hour each day, even better
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    Sep 12, 2007 12:25 AM GMT
    You could go to your school nutritionist and ask him/her what works with your freshman meal plan. I see you're in Pittsburgh what school are you in?
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    Sep 12, 2007 12:45 AM GMT
    I changed my headline. I call Pittsburgh home and for school I go to Mount Aloysius College. A small private catholic college near Altoona Pa. So we are in the middle of no where. There's a sheetz, rite aid and Mcdonalds at the bottom of the hill. Everything else is about a 15-20minute ride. Just walking to we have to park is exercise in itself seeing as I'm still outa shape. It's small so I have no choice but to walk to classes. I dont have a job yet so food off the schools meal plan is out of the question.
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    Sep 12, 2007 12:49 AM GMT
    And thank you NickoftheNorth. I will follow what you have said. And to Runninchlt for sugeseting fitday. I will look into that. If anyone can think of anything else or is going through or has gone through, I'd like to hear what you did. Not everything works for everybody but it doesnt hurt to try.
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    Sep 12, 2007 1:27 AM GMT
    i gained the a total of id say 15-20 while in my first 4 yr college...to get it off, i started walking a lot more actually....I live in NYC so there are cabs and trains but i started say, walking to the next stop or the stop after that before i borded or id take my day off and explore a new part of the city..the point is i moved my body a lot and i watched what i ate and it started melting right off
  • GQjock

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    Sep 13, 2007 10:42 AM GMT
    Yup.. mascjoc got it right
    get rid of the pizza and beer and you'll be set
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    Sep 13, 2007 3:49 PM GMT
    I avoided the Freshman 15 by picking up smoking, avoided eating and just drank, and did so much acid I didn't have time to force myself to eat.

    It took me three years worth of 4.0 semesters to make up for it.

    This strategy I do not recommend.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 13, 2007 4:43 PM GMT
    Get a mini fridge, zip lock bags, and load it with carrots celery apples and eat those for snacking instead of simple sugar and carbs!!

    Almonds are also a great alternative>

    Good luck! Keep up the cardio 30-45 mins 3 times a week should do it.

    Mike
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    Sep 13, 2007 9:14 PM GMT
    I cook in a college dining hall for a living... my thoughts:

    1) Put less on your plate.

    2) Eat more fruits and veggies, if you can.

    3) Less pop, more water

    4) Actually go to, and use, the gym.

    The first is the biggest one. I see so many students load their plates and trays with mountains of food that I doubt they'll ever actually finish. I'm sure they try to though, and that's where most of them start gaining weight.

    And hey, it takes a load of work off of your kitchen staff ;).
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    Sep 15, 2007 7:07 AM GMT
    Gwgtrunks I to keep the food down but sometimes the eyes are bigger than the stomach. And I know about the kitchen staff. My mother is a Lunch Lady. And I have a personal reason as to why I don't drink pop period.