We’ve all heard the term of “Freshman 15” which is named after the phenomenon that new college students have been reported to gain on average fifteen pounds by their second year. For some students, this can be unavoidable when you think about all the variety offered in the dining hall and constant all nighters that tamper with one’s schedule causing unhealthy late night snacking. However, there are ways to combat this phenomenon so take a look at this guide to help promote healthy eating while in college.
Stock up on Healthy Snacks
If you’re like most lucky college students, you might end up getting a mini-fridge in your dorm room. Now it may be very tempting to fill that fridge up with nothing but high-calorie snacks for those late nights, but instead, you should stock your room up with healthy foods with a long shelf life such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit, rice cakes, and multi-grain crackers. Apples and other citrus fruits have the ability to sit out for up to two weeks. Other great options to include are raw veggies with hummus.
Utilize the Dining Hall Wisely
Most freshmen who start out living on campus are set with a meal plan which means that they will be getting most of their meals from the dining hall. The dining hall will have many options to choose from so it is important that you make the right choices. First off try eating two to three square meals at the dining hall per day. You want to save your trips to the dining hall for the times that you can sit down and have a solid meal. Another useful tip is to take advantage of the salad bar in your dining hall. You can virtually turn anything at the dining hall into a salad, and unless they are prepared heavily in fat sources, the added vegetables will have fewer calories. You can also take control of your situation by making special requests for your food. Most of the workers will be willing to make reasonable modifications like a burger without the bun.
Try Intermittent Fasting
This isn’t so much of a diet as it is a lifestyle change. Trying out intermittent fasting might be great especially for a college student’s schedule. You give yourself a limited window to have your meals and eat nothing when outside of that window. So for example, say you’re unable to eat breakfast in the morning because you have back-to-back morning classes, with intermittent fasting you can fast until noon and then have your first meal around that time. There also many other benefits to intermittent fasting, if you are able to work it into your schedule.