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Fend Off the ''Freshman 15''

Stay Healthy When You Start College


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  • Good information
  • My son will be a freshman in college stating September, and I will also be on next month. The difference is he will be away from home for the first time where I will be at home.I am not so concerned about his eating habits but more or less him being away from home for an extended amount of time.
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  • My daughter has been a Freshman for 3 weeks and has already noticed a small gain. I'm sending her this article right now!
    Thank you so much for this! I am a freshman in college and am very much worried about gaining the infamous Freshman 15. I also played sports throughout high school and am having trouble getting in my fitness like I used to. This article has some great advice for me to help me maintain my weight throughout college!
  • Lots of great tips in this article. I wish I had been better prepared for my freshman year away. It's definitely easy to pack on the pounds when you go away to college--I gained at least 15 my first year--but it's also filled with opportunities for you to establish lots of healthy habits. I was lucky because my college offered healthy options in the dining hall and there was a salad bar available at every meal. There are so many opportunities to get and stay active on a college campus from taking advantage of the fitness center to playing a sport (even if it's just an intramural one) to taking dance lessons.
  • This is a really useful article, I wish I had seen it two years ago when I started college. I put on loads of weight, those vending machines sure are tempting. It's next to late to start trying though :)
  • I'm a senior in college living in an on campus apartment, and this is still all great advice for me. I especially like the idea of keeping easy to grab snacks on hand, because I know I end up eating out of vending machines a lot when I have late afternoon and evening classes. If I start taking a healthy snack with me to these classes, I can cut calories and save money.
    So, the first half of last semester I started out great. I packed health, low fat foods in a lunch box and went to swimming club/gym for weights. Then, as the semester got harder, I was buying Subway or takeout and started missing practices. I gained 8 pounds but it seems like more because I used to be muscular, not any more :(. Suggestions, esp from current college students welcome!
  • I gained 10 lbs my freshman year of college but it was almost all muscle. My dorm was built down in a hole, I had to walk up a hill or stairs to go anywhere. The campus as a whole was very hilly and filled with stairs. It was when I came home to student teach and stopped walking so much that I put on the fat lbs and lost muscle.
  • When I went to college it was the "Freshman Five" so see how much it has increased since the 1970's!
  • My daughter was so worried about gaining the freshman 15 and I kept telling her she has NOTHING to worry about because of all the rushing around she'd be doing on campus, getting from class to class! Well, guess who was wrong - ME! She did gain that notorious 15 lbs. plus a little extra. Luckily she just signed up at a gym, so she can work off some of the gained weight.
    this is soooo useful im about to start uni in 17 days and i have saved this page to my favourites list so tht i have easy access to it :D
  • The title of this article got my attention. In my day (the 80s), the expression was the "Freshman 10." I guess we've even super-sized that now. Sad! When I was a freshman, I gained my 10, plus someone else's. Too much freedom, too many choices, no sports and sitting around too much.
  • Wish I had read this before I was a freshman. I gain 50 lbs my freshman year. Luckily I have lost that but I still have more to lose from my SR year of High School that I gained..

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