How I Got Back In Shape Freshman Year Of College

When I came home for winter break after my first semester of college, I was horrified to hear my parents talking about the weight I had put on.

I knew I had packed on some pounds, but I didn’t think it was noticeable. It had only been four months!

When I went back for my spring semester, I was determined to get back in shape. Here’s what worked for me:

Snack Healthy and Snack Often

If you’re on a meal plan, you probably eat two big meals a day. If you’re anything like I was freshman year, you might eat as much as humanly possible at each meal to ensure you don’t get hungry again in a few hours and have to waste money on eating out. However, it’s actually better for you if you eat several smaller meals throughout the day.

Before I went back to school for spring semester, I stocked up on healthy snacks –granola bars, yogurt, fresh and dried fruit, nuts. That way, I could eat smaller meals in the dining hall and not have to worry about going hungry between lunch and dinner. Buying healthy snacks in bulk also saves you money because you won’t have to spend a dollar at the vending machine every time you get hungry.

Try to keep unhealthy, processed foods out of your room. If you don’t keep snacks like chips in your room, you won’t tempt yourself. If it’s not there, you won’t eat it.

Avoid Late-Night Eating

A common tradition my freshman year was to get home late at night and order food to someone’s room. And most late-night cravings aren’t for salad – we would order pizza, bread sticks – anything cheesy and/or greasy.

If you do this two or more times a week, the calories add up. Additionally, eating heavy food before going to sleep isn’t good for you. So, if at all possible, opt out of your friends’ late-night orders.

Work Out

Any workout routine you had set in high school or over the summer probably got thrown off when you started college. You might be one of the many students that played sports in high school but stopped at college. Either way, getting back into a regular workout routine can help you get your pre-college body back.

Thankfully, my freshman dorm had a gym. If you’re not so lucky, talk to a friend and agree to meet at the campus rec center a few set times each week. If you have a schedule and a workout buddy, you’re less likely to cop out.

If you hate working out at a gym, try some unconventional methods. Check out bike paths around your campus, go swimming, or find out if your school gym has a climbing wall (mine does). There are tons of ways to stay active on campus if you’re creative.

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Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, she loves reading, traveling and bike riding. She’s currently deciding whether to go to law school or to postpone her studies for a year and teach English in Spain.
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