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The notorious frosh fifteen refers to the extra fifteen pounds (or more) typically gained by students between their first class in September and the tearful goodbyes to newly found friends when departing for summer break.
A combination of factors contribute to this weight gain. More importantly, these factors can be managed and the trauma of the frosh fifteen can be avoided altogether. While college is often the first opportunity young adults have to live their lives virtually unsupervised, avoiding the frosh fifteen involves a little discipline.
So, what can you do?
Take control of your life. Keep in mind that the decisions you make on a daily basis will impact your future. Take a pro-active approach right from the start. Get your new friends in on the deal by getting a group together to go to the gym, run or roller- blade through campus. Work together to keep each other in shape. Exercise is also a great stress reliever and it tires your body out, making it easier to sleep. It may be especially helpful to workout 3 to 4 hours before you want to go to sleep. As your heart rate and temperature drop after a workout, you naturally feel sleepy.
Focus on nutrition. Get your hands on some portable nutritious snacks. Here is a suggested list of foods to keep around instead of sugary, fatty snacks:
Other suggestions on how to fake out the frosh15:
Focussing on nutrition will not only prevent weight gain - it will keep you healthy. There is a direct link between your diet and your immune system. This is important when you're living in such close quarters with hundreds of people. Eating the right food, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk products and meat or alternatives will provide your immune system with the weapons to fight off these germs. No flu for you!
Your frosh year truly is about fun. The frosh fifteen is not that much fun, but it is common. So if you feel like your situation is getting out of control, or you just need a gentle nudge in the right direction come see me and we can work on your personal nutrition and fitness goals. Knowledge is power - you have choices so "Chews" wisely.
Vitamin/mineral pills are not insurance for a poor diet! Only food provides you with great taste and the energy you need to get moving and feel great. Some individuals, including pregnant women, can benefit from supplements. Before taking any supplements talk to a registered dietitian.