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It was easier in my time to keep the weight off than for students in current times.
Most of us could not afford to buy our cars or bikes and had no choice but to either walk everywhere or walk miles to the nearest public transportation sites.
This article may need to be updated for current times - affordable apps that students can use, varieties of exercise programs and flexible timings to suit them all
Staying healthy and eating heathy in college is really not that hard; at least for me it wasn't.
May I add that students need to get plenty of rest.....there is so much going on at this time of life, I remember those days - studying, cramming, parties, social events. Sleep is just as important as exercise. It has been a long long time since I was a student living at school but I remember it well. I was overweight when I got there but in my freshman year I lost around 40 pounds....I walked or biked everywhere and started making healthier nutritional choices. It can be done!
I've been thinking about this, because in Sept I start university for the first time to finish my last 2 years of college. It will be overwhelming and very busy. I've been exercising great but that's because I took a year off to improve myself. So I'm thinking I will walk to the school, and every morning before school get my exercise the heck over with. Because if I try to exercise after school my mind will be full of other things I need to do. So my run and my weight lifting as usual. Even with nothing to do, sleep has been terribly challenging. So I hope I can learn to wake up early.
Good article. I always park really far away from my class in something called the "overflow parking lot" reserved for the first couple days of classes when there is an overflow of students, and it takes me a good 10-15 minutes to walk to class. I park there throughout the entire semester, not only is it good for walking but when leaving the school I don't have to go around a whole bunch of traffic to get out of the main parking lot :]
Great article, though I wish it provided links to resources for things like reducing stress without food, how to keep your portions down when your significant other is a bottomless pit, why over-indulging on alcohol causes weight gain, learning to track food, etc. I also wish it provided a warning about not justifying study treats as a merely-temporary bad habit. That was my downfall. I had a very basic education in the importance of eating healthy and exercising, but I hadn't learned to read labels and actually track my food intake. I ate what I wanted from the (very tasty) cafeterias, including huge salads that I *thought* were healthy at the time (because it's salad!) but I know now were simply loaded with calories. I drank plenty of high-calorie alcohol. I treated myself to ridiculous desserts while studying for exams or writing papers - because hey, it was just temporary. I wouldn't eat that much raw cookie dough NORMALLY. I wouldn't eat so much Ben & Jerry's once the paper was turned in! I wouldn't buy a microwave Stouffer's lasagna every night for dinner - just until the exam was over. It was just temporary! But the calories WEREN'T. Additionally, the difference between an active college life (dance team, walking to classes, etc.) and my first year in the real world was a killer. I didn't have access to a gym, didn't get any exercise apart from walking to the bus stop to go to work...and I still didn't understand portion sizes and label-reading. So maybe an article about transitioning into the real world would be good, if one doesn't already exist here (it might, I'm new to reading articles). Finally, grad school added more weight because I ate to soothe my stress, and because I had a skinny boyfriend with a huge appetite and I figured, if he could eat so much, I could get away with eating just a little bit less than him. SO DUMB. I've had to work hard to lose 70 pounds I never should have gained in the first place!
Thanks for offering some advice to people who are still young enough to take preventive action so they don't go down a similar road!
Just saying, the bunch of people commenting, "oh, it really wasn't hard for me, because I'm perfect" need to keep it to themselves. While every school and person is different, the vast majority of people gain weight because of stress, EVEN IF they are eating correctly. This is due to evolutionary chemicals that tell your body to store food when stressed, because your body thinks you are starving. If you add that even if you're eating "right" your body may be missing some nutrients, especially if your body is saying to store food. As for me, I have been struggling with weight my whole life, and am in college. So this article is for "me." Those out of college, this article is not for "you." (The teacher is the exception)
Why does it all have to be so hard? I don't remember coming up and everyone and I do mean everyone is so focusted on diet and exercise. It seems like a few people were but not everyone. It gets so overwhelming. Why can't we just live our lives like the good old days and if we gain a few pounds during college or whatever, we do what we need to do to get it off. We are all so obsessed with it all. It just gets to be too much. Always thinking about what we are eating and what we are drinking and never being the size we want to be. What ever happened to Eat Drink & be Merry? What?
My school had this meal plan where you could basically get anything you want, anytime, so long as it's kinda-yucky cafeteria food.
Anyway! Bacon and crossaints for breakfast, fries, pizza, and soda for lunch, and dessert every night really taught me a big lesson in self-control... a 45-pound lesson! The shirts I'ld bought at the beginning of my freshman year fit me like a sausage tube.
Fortunately, I did a lot of hard work that summer, and even more fortunately, in my junior year my friend pointed me towards Sparkpeople. Not only have I kept those 45 pounds off, I've lost an additional 25!
What I'm trying to say is: college students! Don't work too hard or eat too much! Making time for a good diet and good exercise actually SAVES you time because you can work more efficiently when you feel good about yourself.
I went to undergrad first two years at a school with required PE and no food options besides the cafeteria (rural GA)...got down to 125 and was eating cinnabon once a week at the mall to try and keep some weight on! By the time I got through senior year at main campus, I was up to 150 from going with my dieting roommate out on her treat nights. At grad school now, finally starting to get the weight back off, though I don't know if I should keep any of the clothes from when I was at 125 as that doesn't seem like an attainable goal anymore.
Unfortunately, I could never get it going in college. Exercise was such a TERRIBLE Chore. Gratefully, at nearly 45, I can NOW say I really enjoy it!
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