Healthy Practices While in College
As 2018 graces us with its presence, many people, including myself have made a resolution to lose a couple pounds or eat healthier. Speaking for myself, college meals are the reason I gained the weight I am trying to lose. Freshman Fifteen is real and Sophomore Seven is real too, the key to keeping it slim is healthy living.
College food is actually a recipe for disaster. For starters cut out the Ramen, Little Debbies, TV Dinners, or skipping meals all together, and replace these with healthier choices such as salads, fruits, and granola bars. As bad as it may sound, it’s actually pretty good if you get the right stuff. If you have access to a blender, smoothies are a good way to snack in between meals as well. Always try to eat three meals a day, this way your body isn’t saving fat for those missed meals. This also will help with energy levels and stamina throughout your busy day.
Every college that I know of has some type of gym. You don’t have classes all day with no breaks. Go to the gym in between classes or even do a little 30 minute Youtube workout video in your room. As small as the activity may be, every little bit counts, these work outs build up those muscles that you normally reject.
Cut down on eating out. This is by far the hardest thing to do, trust me, I know. Not only will this practice help you stay healthy, it will also keep some money in you pocket. Take a look at your 2017 fast food transactions and begin adding them up, believe me, you will be surprised. Although it is convenient to grab a $4 for 4 from Wendy’s or some Waffle House after a party, these habits add up fast, the pounds do too. Actually, eating right before bed is a pretty bad idea too so…just don’t.
Drink more water. As cliche as it may sound, water is major key for healthy lifestyles. If you think about it, our bodies are 70% water, we must need it. This may have you running to the bathroom often but a healthy person should consume half their body weight (in ounces) of water per day. SO if you weigh 100 pounds, you should be drinking about 50 ounces of water on a daily basis.
These are just a few tips on keeping that New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or live healthier. It can be hard and expensive while in college but it is very possible. Keep in mind that nothing happens over night, it takes hard work and dedication.