The first year of college is notorious for weight gain in many students. Living away from home for the first time offers many temptations including food. Experts at Harvard Medical School offer these tips to help students avoid the “freshman 15.”
• Keep track of your eating habits; knowing that you eat even when you’re not hungry, can help you learn to avoid constant snacking.
• Plan out your meal before you sit down at the cafeteria. This can help you resist the temptation of high calorie or fatty foods.
• Set a limit of about 20 minutes to eat your meal. Hanging around the dinning commons may contribute to overeating.
• If you turn to food when you’re emotional or under stress, try to find a substitute activity like talking to a friend or a counselor. Try going for a walk, or head to the gym for a stress busting workout.
• If your dorm has a small kitchen, take advantage and prepare your own healthy meals.
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