How to Survive the Freshman 15

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For those of you that are heading to college, you must have heard that you gain an extra 15 pounds going to college which so far has been true for many. So to help you avoid the freshman fifteen here are some easy tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine in school.


This dietary plan might not work for everyone, but it is just something for you to try during your freshman year.

• Don’t have any hard carbs after 6 PM, try to keep those complex carbs to breakfast and lunch.
• Attempt to eat every 2 1/2 hours, by eating every two hours
• Try to have a schedule for when you eat food because college can be pretty hectic your freshman year so it can be hard to have every meal. But it’s important to eat every meal because you need energy to keep up with classes and new friends.
• Pack snacks in your backpack or bag before heading off to class, because you WILL get hungry. Some easy and healthy snack options are apples and peanut butter, some turkey slices rolled up, or even just a simple granola bar.
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Try to avoid a lot of juices and save those party drinks for your weekends.

Lift some weights at least 2-5 times a week, or even try a yoga class, if your school gym offers them. Have a cardio plan and workout around six days a week.
Cardio Workout
• 20 min@ 5mph
• 2-5 min@ 6mph
• One min@ 2.5mph
• 2-5min @ 6mph
There are many other workout plans that you could try and find on your campus, but that is one that you could try and see if it’s the right one for you.
Try to avoid the freshman fifteen, but what’s most important is that you’re comfortable in your own skin. It doesn’t matter if you gain a few pounds, embrace those curves, and forget that scale, what matters is if you are feel strong and confident.