As high school students who are making that difficult, scary but also thrilling transition into college you are given a lot advice…yet healthy habits is not included in that. I had heard of how people gained a lot of weight in college but it never had a label so when I first heard of the ‘freshman 15’…I was unconcerned. I came to Cal in 2012 to start my freshman year; the ‘freshman 15’ was the last thing on my mind and in my hierarchy of priorities. Besides, I had always struggled with my weight most of my life so I thought that I would finally lose it in college…nope. Balancing classes, clubs, friendships (back home and in college), stressing out over getting good grades and not being a freshman dropout as my old high school physics teacher used to lovingly say. I did not have time to lose weight because that valuable time could have been used for something else. I went back to my old habits of eating food when I was stressed out which then caused me to gain more weight that I’m slowly losing. So to all of you freshmen and non-freshmen, I sincerely hope that these tips help you.
- Remain focus
- DO NOT LOSE YOUR GOAL! I know that with everything going on in college it is easy to lose that focus and drive. But keep on working to your weight loss goal because if you do lose focus…it makes it 10 times harder to get back on track and that doesn’t even have to apply to just weight loss that can apply for everything in life.
- Make subtle changes to your routine.
- Whenever you pass a vending machine (evil little things) instead of chips or candy, try getting fruit snacks or popcorn instead especially since they are much healthier sways in comparison. Also whenever you are really hungry but you do want to spend money (saving is a must) drinking water can sedate your hunger and make you feel satisfied and full until you can eat.
- Make everyday life a workout
- If you don’t have time for the gym, or if you don’t like the gym, do small tasks like taking the stairs and offering to carry groceries in supplement for a workout. When I am at work, I’ve taken to doing crunches in my office chair.
- Do what you think is best for you. Do what you want to do.
- I know that a major problem with myself, I always try new things or change my routine based on popular demand. Instead of first asking myself ‘Is this what I want?’ or ‘Will this really work for me?’ I just do what everyone else is doing. If you don’t like going to gym or working out, then change your routine to what you are comfortable with. If you don’t like eating vegetables that much, then eat smaller portions or healthier variations of whatever you usually eat. Do not force yourself to do anything that you do not want to.
I really hope that these tips help you and that you don’t fall into the evil claws of the freshman 15. Also, if you like superheroes or do not like going to the gym…or both of those things here is a really amazing site for workouts that might interest you: Workouts.
Courtesy of: CA Rhonda Alford – Bldg. 7