How to Lose Weight in College: A Recent Graduate’s Story

So many students are concerned about avoiding the infamous Freshman 15 upon entering their first year of college, but what about the rest of their educational career?

Katie Conrad, a recent graduate of North Central College, shared her story of how she came to start shedding pounds during her senior year.

She was also kind enough to provide some pointers on getting fit and eating healthy in between hitting the books.

What made you decide to start losing weight?

I really started getting motivation when I started having lots of joint pain during the winter of 2013. I felt eighty when I was only twenty-one!

We were in a creative nonfiction class together last winter, and for one of our assignments, we had to do an experiment and write about it. You chose to write yours about losing weight. Was that another factor that pushed you to work out?

Starting this, I kind of had the idea that I could write about it as well. It all kind of just worked out perfectly. I wanted to lose weight, I needed a topic, so I did it!

What are the steps you’ve taken to start losing weight?

My first step was really looking at others transforming, honestly. I scoped out Tumblr and Instagram for people who had lost weight the healthy ways, and they inspired me. From there, I started to change my diet and began exercising at least one hour five days a week.

What has this journey been like for you both emotionally and physically?

Emotionally, I’ve had ups and downs. It’s great fitting in new clothes and having people tell you how good you look, but I still have my days where all I want to do is eat, and cravings do occasionally take over. I constantly remember one day is not going to ruin all my progress. It’s okay to slip up every so often, but you have to get back on track as fast as possible to not backtrack. Around finals and graduation, I definitely had a lot of stress eating, and this month, the scale didn’t go down quite so much. It was a little depressing, but now that I’m done with school, I’ve been doing two-a-days and meal prepping to get back to routine.

You were a commuter student. How did that play a role in losing weight? 

Commuting was definitely hard sometimes while trying to lose weight because of the lack of healthy meals around campus. I tried to bring fruit to school, and I would also only eat salads on days I had to eat at school. The more you plan out what you’re going to eat, the better off you’ll be.

What advice do you have for students, especially those who live on campus, who want to lose weight or just stay healthy in college?

My advice is that any movement is good movement. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, do floor exercises in your dorm; anything that gets you active. Honestly, in college, you can find one hour to go work out. I mean, let’s face it, most of us Facebook for at least twice that amount! Eating-wise, I’d say stick to a lot of fruits and veggies when possible! Dorm cooking isn’t so easy, so by sticking to those foods for snacks, you’ll be able to avoid cooking and still be healthy.

Are there any resources that you’d recommend students using to help them eat healthy and get in shape?

I used MyFitnessPal to keep count of calories, and I also used Instagram and Tumblr for a lot of motivation. There are so many helpful people in the fitness world, and social media makes them so much easier to access.

Although you’ve graduated from college, do you plan to continue maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

I definitely am maintaining this lifestyle. I’m down a little over fifty pounds in four months, and I don’t plan on stopping until I reach my goal. I eventually want to get my trainer’s license once I’m happy with my body so I can help other who struggle with their weight!

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Britni Roberts

Britni Roberts

Britni Roberts is a senior at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois pursuing a degree in English Writing. She has been an Editor for the North Central Kindling humor magazine, Assistant News and Arts Editor for the North Central Chronicle newspaper, as well as a DJ and Rock News Reporter for WONC-FM 89.1, her college’s radio station. She enjoys listening to music and spending time with her friends, boyfriend, and his cat Willow.