5 Ways To Avoid Gaining Weight In College

It’s no secret that students tend to gain weight during college.  It’s just hard not to with the “all you can eat” meal plan and the unhealthy food options on campus.

The only way to keep off those unwanted pounds is to EXERCISE!  Not only will exercise help build muscle, burn calories, and strengthen your heart, but it also helps your mind to generate positive thoughts.

Below are 5 ways that you can avoid gaining weight in college:

  • Don’t get bored! What does this mean?  Good question.  You have to mix up your exercise routine.  There are so many ways to get your body moving and your heart pumping.  If you get tired of the treadmill, try the elliptical or go running outside.  If you get tired of those activities, try playing a sport or going hiking.  I’m sure you get the point.
  • Build exercise into your schedule! Yes, you will likely be busy with homework, extracurricular activities, and your part-time job, so it will be easy to make excuses not to exercise.  To avoid this common pitfall among college students, you must write down exactly when you will exercise and actually do it!  If you have a 2 hour block in between two of your Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes, then use this time to go exercise.  If you make exercise part of your weekly routine, then you won’t have to worry about deciding to do homework or sleep instead.
  • Exercise 3 times per week. You don’t have to do the same exercise during each workout, but you should try to get in 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week.  After a month or so, you’ll start to actually feel the benefits of exercise and start to actually enjoy it.  Exercising on a regular basis is also a good stress reliever.  You might try to get some exercise in after taking a big test or finishing a research paper to relieve stress.
  • Consider taking a gym class. Taking a gym class is a fun way to build exercise into your day.  You’ll also earn some credits in the process.  Take some time to research what gym or sports-related classes your college offers.  Some of these courses will require you to pay an “activity fee,” so make sure you find out all the details before you sign up.
  • Avoid the 5 C’s. What are the 5 C’s?  They are: cookies, cake, candy, chocolate, and chips.  These high calorie treats are yummy, but they are also extremely unhealthy and can lead to unwanted weight gain.  it’s okay to indulge in these types of snacks occasionally, just don’t make it a habit.  The basic idea here is that you want to eat as healthy as possible, as often as possible.

If you follow these 5 tips, you should be able to avoid that additional 15 pounds that college students usually gain during their freshman year. Remember, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind! Good Luck!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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