Recovering From Fall Break: Freshman 15 Strikes Back

Fall break has come and gone, and you never knew you could feel this lethargic after a few, er maybe more than a few, bites of turkey. Thanksgiving takes a toll on college students, especially freshmen, since everyone is dealing with the stress of a new environment and adjusting to the college lifestyle. You may have gained a few pounds, but there is no need to worry. With a few adjustments and some dedication, you will have shed the unwanted weight from the infamous Turkey Day in no time!

Limit your portions.

Despite what your stomach may be telling you, that second or third helping of beef stroganoff from the dining hall probably is not the best choice. You will find that the slower you eat, the more full you become. Plus, you get more of a variety from the buffet-style dining if you take small portions of many things. Instead of chowing down on a huge helping of macaroni and cheese with bread, you could have a small scoop of macaroni, broccoli, some grapes and many other food groups. Next time you stop by the dining hall, do not feel like you have to fill up your entire plate at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Eat smaller snack-like meals throughout the day instead of three huge ones.

Believe it or not, snacking is actually great for your metabolism. That is, it is if you do it the right way. If you have a break between classes, munch on some carrots or almonds. Handfuls of healthy snacks like these will keep your energy up and make you less inclined to binge at dining hall meal times. I actually got this tip from my mother and her sisters. Their healthy and maintained weight speaks for itself. Give this technique a shot, and I guarantee you will find yourself less hungry and less bloated.

Try to squeeze in exercise whenever you can.

This does not mean you have to maintain a strict regime and hit the gym everyday. Keep up a fast paced walk on the way to class to keep your heart rate up or take an early morning jog before classes to wake yourself up. Simple things like walking up and down the stairs several times can do wonders for your stamina. Sites like Pinterest even suggest simple workouts to do before you get in the shower each day. They last about fifteen minutes and give your body the push it needs to kickstart your metabolism. Whenever you have a free night, go to the gym and take a group fitness class or run around the track. All these minutes really add up when it comes to shedding those turkey day pounds.

Water is your best friend.

After a long break at home, sugary drinks are what you really want to steer clear of. This goes for pretty much any sort of healthy diet in college. One every once in a while will not hurt you, but they should not become a habit. Milkshakes, cappuccinos and other beverages that rely heavily on dairy are also something you will want to avoid if you are looking to maintain a healthy body. While they are nice treats, having them on a daily basis will do you no good. Even some teas and juices have a lot of caffeine or sugar in them. Overall, stick to water because it is great for you, and it will clear out your system. Do not let yourself get dehydrated, especially while working out. Even when you feel like you are not thirsty, take sips every now and then.

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Tori Stukins

Tori Stukins

Tori Stukins is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Theatre. On campus, Tori can often be found working on various projects for Her Campus Illinois, acting in a production or reading. While at home, she enjoys working at her family’s restaurant or exploring with her friends.