The Dreaded “Freshman 15”

Carl Germano, Celebrity Nutritionist Is Here To Help All Those College Students Coming Home for the Holidays

The causes of the freshman 15 may seem to be common sense for many people but for those who don’t understand why they gain so much weight during the first year at a college this should help. Everyone is settling into their college life, finding out what works for them. However, somewhere along the way health gets put on the back burner. Next, you show up to Thanksgiving looking like the turkey. Here are some reasons:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Pulling all nighters (drinking/ studying)
  • Late night snakes
  • Keeping unhealthy snacks on hand (in the dorm room)
  • Not watching the calories you consume throughout the day
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Unmotivated

Although the “Freshman 15” might be a little bit of an exaggeration, most freshmen do gain 5 pounds.

Some Fun Facts about Freshman year: Cornell University researchers found that college freshman gain half a pound per week on average. That’s about 11 times more weight than the average 17-and 18-year old will gain, and nearly 20 times more than the average weight gain among adults. Both male and female college students eat approximately 500 additional calories between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Carl’s Dorm Room Tips:

· Get all the unhealthy snacks out of your dorm (yes the Ramen Noodles and Mac + Cheese have to go)

· Walk to class! While the shuttles may seem to be a better option the exercise will help

· Eat Breakfast and do not skip meals

· Every campus has a gym and you already pay for it. Get there, even if it is 3 times a week

· Try your best to get a full night of rest. This helps your overall health tremendously

· Get involved in an intramural sport, it will keep you active and create an opportunity to meet new people

· Keep an eye on what type of alcoholic beverages you are consuming, stay away from sugary mix drinks

· Start a workout routine in your dorm room. You can start with something as small as 25 push-ups and sit-ups. You can gradually increase the number that you are doing.