The Freshman 15: A Food Guide

While in high school, students don’t think about the effects of a bad diet or think a quick run will keep the weight off. I’m here to tell you that neither of those ways of thinking are going to cut it in college. Those of you who have been here for a year or two already know, maybe too well, about the freshman 15. If you haven’t gotten to college yet or you’re one of those jerks with a fast metabolism, just know that the freshman 15 is real and beware.

One way to avoid the unwanted weight gain is to start an exercise regimen and maintain it. However, exercise isn’t the only method that will keep the weight off. Hence the phrase, you can’t outrun a bad diet. As cliche as it sounds, the phrase resonates truth. A healthy lifestyle begins on the inside with a well rounded diet, and then comes the exercise.

Having a well rounded diet in college can seem difficult because of the amount of preparation and cost of healthier food items that are needed. As college students, you’re all too familiar with scheduling out plans for the week to prevent overlooking assignments and due dates. The best way to shop and eat healthier is to plan ahead or make a food diary of everything you’re consuming. (Guess what, there’s an app for that.)

By keeping a diary or journal of your diet, it’s easier to see what changes need to be made. If you’re unsure of what type of diet is right for you, there are numerous websites that can help you decide. For instance, the nutritionists at BBC Good Food understand that men and women have different requirements when it comes to a well rounded diet.

The freshman 15 can happen to anyone, but the best way to avoid it is to start taking better care of your body. Search for a diet and exercise regimen that correlates to your body type and goals. Understanding what needs to go inside the body before testing it’s fitness abilities can help students reach a healthier lifestyle faster and without injury.