A lot of students experience College weight gain when they move away from home to go to school. Have you put on a few pounds since you left home? Do you know what to do about it? I am a recent College grad, and during my time at school I identified several bad habits that students fall into that inflates their waistline. Are you making any of these mistakes? If you are, you need to identify and reverse your behavior so that you can get the body that you want! Here are 4 bad habits that could be causing you to experience College weight gain:
1. Making the wrong choices in the cafeteria. In my cafeteria, there was a soft-serve ice cream machine available, as well as a desert tray. I saw some people who would eat two deserts per day, one with lunch and one with dinner. Packaged deserts got smuggled up to dorm rooms in bulk for later. It's no wonder people are experiencing College weight gain with habits like these; and this is just the deserts. The waffle bars, bagel bars, etc. are also killers. Pick a diet plan and stick to it when you're in the caf. There are plenty of healthy fruits, veggies, proteins, complex carbs, etc. to choose from. Look over the menu the night before so you can plan what to eat the next day and then stick to it when you are there.
2. Eating out late at night. Up late? I always was is school, and the caf is not open. So what are you eating? Pizza? Subs? Burgers? You can really ruin a decent diet with this one meal, so pay attention to what you are ordering. Once again, try to stick to something that will be on your diet plan.
3. Relying on unhealthy snacks. This is a similar story to number two, because it's based on your lifestyle. You're moving around to several buildings throughout your day, and all of them have vending machines or snack counters with unhealthy snacks. During a long day away from home, you're bound to get hungry and reach for one of these snacks to satisfy you. It's a lot better idea to pack your own snacks that conform to your diet plan.
4. What are you drinking? No, I'm not talking about your weekend activities. I'm referring to the fact that sugary sodas are available everywhere on campus, such as: vending machines in buildings andorms, unlimited supply from the caf, and fountain pops from snack counters or party stores. If you switch to diet, or drink water instead, you'll cut out a lot of unwanted calories.
The good news is that you can fight college weight gain, but you have to identify your bad habits that are the causes. Once you do, you can make a plan to get the body you deserve!