Friday, August 22, 2014

Freshman Fifteen Isn't Inevitable

As summer winds down and high school seniors head off to college many of them might be thinking about the dreaded "Freshman 15!" Fortunately not only is that weight gain not inevitable some studies say it really is a myth and few college students gain that much.

If you're headed to Wash U or any college for the first time this fall there are some things you can do to keep your weight in a healthy range. Staying at a healthy weight not only is good for you but it helps you feel more energetic and it makes it easier for you to do the things you'd like to do at college.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain a healthy weight.
* Don't feel compelled to sample everything on the menu in the first month
* Do keep physical activity in your schedule
* Don't skip meals
* Do establish a meal and snack pattern - every 3 - 4 hours is a good meal spacing
* Don't skimp on sleep - fatigue leads to overeating
* Do learn about proper portions sizes
* Don't snack right from bags or boxes of food - you will overeat
* Do take time to sit down and eat your meals and snacks

In addition to these tips, make sure you check the dining services website to learn more about nutrition. Many universities have Registered Dietitians on campus, and Washington University is one that does, so find out if you can make an appointment to talk - healthy dining?

Have a great first year!

Connie Diekman, M.Ed. RD, CSSD

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