How to Avoid the Fifteen
Published: Monday, February 10, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014 09:02
For a majority of students, college is the first time in their life they are away from their parents and their parent’s house. It is one of the first steps into adulthood.
Something easily taken for granted is home cooking. It may seem worrisome at first, but all panic is erased with a step into the dining center. The dining centers provide a colossal selection full of all different choices for food.
If you want to cook your own meal, you can. If not, food is prepared for you. At first glance, it appears to be a hungry college student’s paradise. Come when you want, eat what you want, however much you want.
But, with great selection comes great responsibility. Engaging in increased eating habits during this time is known as the “freshman 15” — 15 being the number of pounds gained.
Avoiding this weight gain is not a hard process but is more commonly ignored than practiced. A few simple steps can be implemented to keep oneself at a healthy weight.
The first is managing portion sizes. With all the variety of foods offered at the dining center, it is easy to want to try them all. It important to watch how much you are consuming — especially if you are not planning on working out that day.
The second, I touched on briefly, go to the Wellness Center. Sometimes it is harder to actually get up and go to the Wellness Center than it is to workout. Working out does not have to be hours of weight lifting and hard running. Do some light cardio and light lifting.
A 200-pound person can burn up to 450 calories with an hour of walking. Simply getting out and being active is what is important.
Lastly, watching what you eat is important, along with portion size. Getting ice cream after every meal can really add up in calories. Maybe consider a side salad with limited dressing versus an extra slice of pizza.
Implementing these few guidelines in your everyday routine can keep you from adding the unflattering pounds.
Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.