How can I eat healthy in college to prevent the Freshman 15?

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How do you eat healthy in college? Is that even possible? Why, sure it is! Gaining weight is unavoidable if you’re not watching what you eat. But yes, it is very possible to eat healthy in college! Read below if you want tips on how to achieve this.

1) Pick a day to pack snacks

The thing about college is that the workload is nonstop. Even if this is so, pick a day where you can pack your snacks for the upcoming week. Packing your food would take about 1-3 hours, so be sure to set aside time for that. You won’t have to worry about what to eat anymore! This will save you headaches, time, and money too.

2) Fruits are better than Candy

I don’t know about you, but when I’m studying, I tend to eat everything I can grab. I’m hungry all the time since my brain is always thinking and functioning. I find that candy is the way to go because of the amount of sugar. Did you know that in order for something to be sweet, it needs to have a HIGH amount of sugar on it?  If you have a sweet tooth like me, you need to find an alternative to this.

Buy bananas, oranges, and grapes from Costco.  That’s the natural way of getting sugar, and it also gives you vitamins that will help your body fight illnesses like the cold. Also, eating fruits will fill you up a little bit compared to eating candy, where hunger will always strike after.

 

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3) Tea is better than coffee and an energy drink

I don’t know anyone who does not drink any caffeine. I used to drink coffee, but it started to give me anxiety. Energy drinks also tend to have a lot of sugar in them, and the side effect is that you will crash (fall asleep) when the energy drink wears off. As much as this would help in certain situations, it is not healthy for your body.

Coffee obviously has caffeine in it, but too much of it is not good for you. There are different kinds of tea that you will surely like. There is some tea that has an enormous amount of caffeine while there are some that have none at all. The benefits of tea are concentration and relaxation at the same time.

4) Limit Fast Food by eating at the cafeteria

We all know that fast food tastes so awesome, and they are so very convenient. If you continue eating this, pretty soon you’ll start to blow up like a balloon! We don’t want that. I’ve experienced that. Along with the stress that I feel every day in school and gaining weight at the same time, I was crying inside. Many universities and colleges have a cafeteria that serve sandwiches, salads and more. Take advantage of it. It’s only walking distance. Not only will you get to exercise but you’ll save money on gas.

5) Create Shakes for Vegetables

I don’t need to educate you on the benefits of vegetables. You already learned all this while in high school. Now that you’re in college, you don’t need reminders of how good it is, yadda, yadda, yadda. The main point I’m trying to tell you is that you need to figure out how to be healthy. The only way to be healthy is to exercise and get the necessary vitamins and minerals in our body. What’s the best food to get that? Vegetables. Now, I know a lot of people hate vegetables. Here’s the thing. You either eat it or drink it. What would you rather prefer? Drink it! Drinking is so much easier and faster than eating it. Try putting all the vegetables in a blender, add milk, and some fruits (to make it sweet) and ta dah! You have made the healthiest meal a college student can “drink”.

6) Eat continuously

Do you know what makes other people slim? It’s their metabolism (if they’re not working out). People who have fast metabolic rates lose weight quicker and are less likely to be overweight. Now, how do we increase our metabolic rate? Simple! Eat continuously. Whenever we eat, our metabolism works. If we eat all the time, this will trigger our metabolism to work continuously like a machine. Do not eat A LOT though. Eat light snacks and do it frequently. Pretty soon you’ll have people asking you, “How did you lose that amount of weight when every time I see you, you’re always eating?”

Did that help? I hope these tips convinced you that gaining weight is an option. Now you know how to eat healthy in college. No worries, not a lot of people know this yet. You’re not missing out. You’re way ahead of the group actually. 🙂 If you want more tips and secrets on succeeding in college, please subscribe to our newsletter! It’s free!

About Aurora 69 Articles
Aurora is studying Business Administration at California State University - San Marcos. She is a nontraditional college student that loves to help out other students since she had no help when she was starting out college. During her free time, she loves to play with her two chihuahuas and read.

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