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How to maintain weight in college

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How To Keep The Weight OFF In College!

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     Many college students come home from college with many life eperiences and a lot of knowledge; but they also come home having gained something else as well, a little extra weight. While most college students believe that the "freshman fifteen" is something that all college students go through, it is actually preventable. 



  • Alcohol has an abundunace of calories, with absolutely no nutritional value
  • These are called empty calories add they only add up to extra pounds
  • Drinks such as beer and alco-pops are very high in carbohydrates 
  • If you want to be really healthy both physically and mentally you should avoid alcohol completely 



  • To maintain a healthy weight, it is necessary to get a good amount of sleep every night
  • College students find themselves cramming for exams all night, while their minds and bodies pay the price for sleep deprivation. 
  • In recent studies it has been found that women and men who get seven to eight hours of sleep at night were healthier and leaner than those who only got five or six hours.



  • College dining halls are notorious for providing plenty of greasy, fatty, unhealthy options for meals.
  • For breakfast, choosing to eat oatmeal or cereal in the dorm is a good substitution to cafeteria food.
  • For lunch and dinner opt for grilled chicken, the salad bar and fresh vegetables.



  • Staying active is also a great stress reducer for bogged down college students.
  • There are easy ways to stay active even for the non-athletic students 
    • Simply walking to class adds activity to the day.  
    • Arranging group outings to places like bowling alleys, hikes, or any activity that gets people up and moving.
    • Even parties that involve dancing can be great exercise!


     Stress Reducers[2]

  • College students need to find things to do that reduce the every day stress they get in college.
  • Instead of over eating, students need to take a walk, read, take a nap, join a club. 


     What You Can Do To Keep the Freshman 15 Far Away[3]

  • Avoid eating while stressed, while studying or watching TV
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat at regular times, DO NOT skip meals
  • Pick lower fat options such as skim milk or low fat salad dressing
  • Choose nutritious foods
  • Watch the size of your portions
  • Steer clear of vending machines
  • Keep healthy snacks on hand like fruit or vegitables


With just a few simple modifications to the traditional college lifestyle, college students can easily avoid weight gain. Remember, it is much easier to keep weight off than to lose it. 



  1. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/221178/avoiding_the_freshman_15_maintaining.html?page=3&cat=51
  2. http://www.doctoryourself.com/weight_loss.html
  3. http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/college/freshman_15.html

Comments (14)

Helena Baert said

at 9:52 pm on Sep 11, 2008

Good job Pauline, I specially like your tips. Rather then saying what not to do, you provide some tips on what you can do. Great resource for college students!

amwilcox@... said

at 9:10 am on Sep 23, 2008

Everything was really cool, I learned a lot. I guess she said to put the reference for the you tube video and thats it!

Maggie Wermann said

at 7:18 pm on Sep 30, 2008

This was a very good article. I love the video! I like the tips on what to do it is very helpful!!!

Ashley Mena said

at 2:44 pm on Oct 5, 2008

I liked this article because it can apply to everyone in thier first year of college! Transitioning from home to college is difficult and many other things come along with it if you choose to do the wrong things, So.. Good article! Very Interesting!!

Pauline Ripley said

at 10:46 pm on Oct 7, 2008

It didn't save my Exam Questions, here they are:

Exam Questions: Pauline Ripley

1.What is one easy way to stay active during the day?
a) Walk to class instead of ride the bus
b) Ride your moped to class
c) Watch a marathon of movies

2. vending machines provide many healthy choices. True or False

3. Portion size doesn't matter when it comes to healthy foods. True or False

4. Dancing at parties is great exercise. True or False

5. Eating fast is a good idea. True or False

Sonya Garrison said

at 10:36 am on Oct 10, 2008

Wow this really applies to me! Great job!

Callie Grant said

at 9:53 pm on Oct 13, 2008

This is a very interesting article to me because I am at college and need to be watching what i eat!

Brinlee Duncan said

at 7:48 am on Oct 14, 2008

This is something that we all want to do! Great job on the page!

Nikki Crocco said

at 2:25 pm on Nov 13, 2008

Awesome job! Helped me out alot!

Ashlee said

at 12:38 pm on Dec 1, 2008

This is a really helpful and informative page for incoming freshman if they would like to know how to avoid the "freshman 15". Good job!

Monique said

at 3:43 pm on Dec 2, 2008

I found this article helpful. I found surprising that eating in front of the TV makes people gain weight.

Olivia Lassiter said

at 10:27 pm on Dec 2, 2008

This article was so helpful. It gave me a lot of tips about food choices and stress reducers.

brawling@... said

at 11:47 am on Dec 3, 2008

Great article. Plain and simple and right to the point! Advice that can benefit everyone not just college students. Thanks for the great info!

Shona Feistner said

at 4:40 pm on Dec 3, 2008

This was a very informative article. I like that you gave tips on what types of foods we should eat in the dining halls! The video wasn't informative, but it was interesting/fun to watch!

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