Fighting the Freshman Fifteen - A College Woman's guide to Getting Real About Food and Keeping the Pounds Off

Wan't to Keep Unwanted Weight Off?

Asbury Park Press

By Patti Martin, Staff Writer - August 14, 2002

Registered dietitian Robyn Flipse, author of "Fighting the Freshman Fifteen: A College Woman's Guide to Getting Real About Food and Keeping the Pounds Off," offers these tips on avoiding weight gain during freshman year.

  • Don't stop moving. Whether you played a sport in high school or just took daily physical education classes, your body was used to doing something. Find a replacement activity at college - and do it every day.
  • Remember, liquids add up. With the exception of water, everything you drink - smoothies, energy drinks, soda, alcoholic beverages - has calories. Those drinks all count, and the calories add up quickly.
  • Whenever possible, eat meal and skip snacks. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don't forget it. The same goes for lunch and dinner. While you may want a snack, you don't need one.
  • Sleep when you are tired. Who says you can't catch a couple of hours of sleep in the afternoon? Sleep when your body tells you to - otherwise, you'll end up eating hoping to recharge your body (and it won't work).
  • Be aware of emotional eating. Eat because you're hungry and not because you did poorly on a test, had an argument with your roommate or a fight with your boyfriend. The only thing emotional eating does is help pack on the pounds.

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