The freshman 15 is the infamous weight that many college freshmen will gain during their first year of school. Before starting my freshman year I figured that the freshman 15 was only begotten by those who did not care about themselves, or are regular overeaters. I unfortunately gained the freshmen 15 my first year which surprised me; however I lost it the following year and another 5 lbs. This article will take a look at how the freshman 15 is gained, and how to avoid it.
The fabled freshman 15 is gained from numerous methods, from the all you can eat dinning commons to the binge drinking sessions that many freshman will find themselves encountered in. There are three major causes of rapid weight gain in college which include, all you can eat food, drinking, and high stress levels. The all you can eat dining commons that are found at most college campuses will have many different choices for food options, some options are very unhealthy and some are healthy. Making the decision to eat a salad with baked chicken instead of a few slices of pepperoni can make a huge difference in your weight. Not only will a healthy diet keep your weight low, but it will also reduce stress levels since you will not be worrying about your figure.
When asked most college students will inform you that they do not partake in binge drinking, but did you know that in the United States drinking 5 or more drinks in an occasion is referred to as binge drinking (http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/bingedrinking.html). An occasion is also defined as an entire day, so having 5 or more drinks in an entire day is very commonplace on a college campus. Think of Beer as liquid bread, the carbohydrates in beer will surely make you gain weight very fast. Hard liquor is not much better since it too is made from sugars and other calorie loaded substances. I am not condoning underage drinking in any way; in fact I am stating how this behavior can lead to rapid weight gain.
Stress is another huge reason many students will gain the freshman 15; stress allows your body to easily gain weight. Stress is easily helped by regularly attending the gym, which not only reduces stress but will make you healthier and leaner. College stress is caused from social anxiety and also the heavy pressure to do well in school, unless managed this can lead to some serious weight gain. The reason the upperclassman do not gain this weight is because they have learned how to deal with various stress factors. I suggest taking at least an hour out of every day to meditate and relax, not worrying or stressing out can reduce weight gain, and can also help school related performance.
The freshman 15 is easy to avoid if you know what the leading factors are. I would strong suggest limiting alcohol consumption, taking regular breaks to keep stress levels low, and eating a healthy diet in order to keep the weight off. This weight is easier to gain than you may think, do not go home wondering if the scale is broken since you cannot possibly weight that much!