Five Tips for Avoiding the Freshman 15

Happy and thin college freshman who followed our five simple steps to avoid weight gain.There's no other milestone in life quite like starting college. It's exciting. It's challenging. It's fattening - at least according to a study by the Utah State University and thousands of students' stories. Researchers found that one in four college freshmen - male or female - gains five percent or more of their body weight in the first semester of school. That averages 10 to 15 pounds, thus the moniker, "the freshman 15."


To help gain and maintain a svelte figure while beginning your studies, Metabolic Research Center offers these 15 tips for avoiding the freshman 15.


  1. As soon as you're settled into your dorm, check out the campus gym, pools, walking trails and other nearby exercise spots.
  2. If you've got a mom or grandmother who loves to send you care packages, politely set a few ground rules for what and what not to send. Fruit, nuts and whole grain crackers - yes. Twinkies, candies and Grandma's homemade pecan pie - no.
  3. Get a good night's sleep and wake early enough to get breakfast before that 8 am lecture.
  4. Stay the healthy course when hitting the dining hall for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Load up on proteins, vegetables and fruits and lay off the unhealthy carbs.
  5. Watch the alcohol intake. College parties are notorious for serving up the cocktails and beers. There are multiple reasons for limiting your alcohol, or avoiding it altogether. Among them is the fact that many are high in calories, sugar or salt.


Another great tip - locate the Metabolic Research Center nearest your campus for a customized nutrition and fitness plan designed to help keep you in your best shape physically while you excel academically.


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