Anyone who's been to college has heard about the "freshman fifteen." This reflects to the weight gained by many college students during their first year. Some common causes include lots of questionable dining hall meals, excess alcohol consumption, and lack of physical activity. Lucky for you, you do not have to fall victim to the "freshman fifteen," as long as you follow these 5 easy weight loss tips for college students.
- Participate in Intramural Sports
Intramural sports are a great way for college students to stay in shape. Most college students enjoy playing some sport or another, but do not have the time available to play on their school's team. Intramural leagues are great substitutes, with more flexible schedules and the ability to play with (or against) your friends. Most modern colleges offer a wide range of intramural leagues, including less demanding, though still fun and challenging, sports such as ultimate Frisbee.
- Reduce Alcohol Consumption
If you think that drinking alcohol has no effect on your weight problems, think again. Beer is LOADED with calories. Yes, even light beers. For example, a 12oz can or bottle of regular beer has about 153 calories, but the same serving of a popular light beer still has 110 calories! That may not seem like much, but you have to remember that most students generally do not stop with one beer. Not to mention some students drink several days per week. That's why people get "beer bellies." Distilled drinks, such as vodka or rum, only have 82 calories per 1oz serving (commonly called a "shot" or "shooter").
Even though 82 calories seems to be a high number for such a small serving, you must remember that most people do not consume distilled beverages in large quantities. Standard cocktails are made up of a 1oz or 1.5oz serving of distilled alcohol mixed with 1 cup of some form of "chaser," commonly a juice or soda. These chasers are loaded with sugar and calories. Club soda, on the other hand, has 0 calories. So next time you go out with your friends, skip the beers and get yourself a vodka and club soda with a lime, a tasty 82 calorie drink that still does the job. Just remember to drink in moderation.
- Eat less fast food / Prepare your own meals
It's not surprising to hear that fast food is packed with calories and is very unhealthy. What is surprising is that so many people continue to eat fast food all the time. If you've cut back on drinking alcohol already, then you have already taken a big step towards reducing your fast food consumption. Most college students can attest to the fact that a long night of drinking is often followed by a trip to the diner or a Taco Bell. Many modern college dorms These days are equipped with kitchens that are available for student use. Take advantage of this resource! There are many recipes available online that you can choose and many of them require minimal cooking skills and can be prepared in just a few minutes. You do not even need a full kitchen. You'd be surprised what you can put together using just a microwave. My favorite source for quick and healthy recipes for all skill levels is the Men's Health Recipe Finder. You can use the various criteria to find the perfect recipe for you. I greatly enjoy the Turkey Pita Pizza, which can be ready in 6 minutes.
- Instead of mindlessly browsing Facebook, do some exercise
Most of us are guilty of sitting around browsing Facebook for hours on end when faced with some free time, even when we actually have something more important to do. Why not take some of this wasted time, even just 5 or 10 minutes, and do a light workout. Some pushups and sit-ups are excellent exercises and can be completed in little time. If you complete it and do not cheat, you will be able to do 100 pushups consecutively at the end of 8 weeks.
- Get enough sleep
College students often learn to survive on little to no sleep while running on the fumes of coffee and dreams. Lack of sleep has a great impacts your health. Forgetting about the loads of calories in many Starbucks concoctions, studies have shown that lack of sleep has negative effects on your metabolism, which then could cause you to gain weight, not to mention other potential health issues. Rather than trying an all-night, sleep-deprived study session, try to sneak in a 20-30 minute nap every few hours.
There is evidence to suggest that this is the way our prehistoric ancestors slept, instead of sleeping for hours at a time. This way not only will you feel refreshed and your mind kept sharp, you will also be preventing those extra pounds from coming on. Getting enough sleep is LITERALLY so easy, a caveman can do it.