College is filled with exciting experiences, new tasks and many choices. You have to pick a major and your classes and find ways to get involved and meet new friends. Another important choice is what to eat now that you’re on your own. Choosing healthy alternatives can help you stay fit and avoid the dreaded “freshmen 15” — those extra pounds that can creep up if you’re not careful.
Avoid late-night snacking
Many students love to stay up and eat late at night, but it’s also a pitfall for mindless eating. If you’re really hungry, grab an apple, some low-fat yogurt and water. Pass on the fatty, high-calorie meals from fast-food restaurants.
Skip the sides
When you go out to eat with your friends try skipping the appetizers and greasy side dishes. Focus on a healthy entrée to cut down on the fat.
Drink more water
Drinking water is essential to your health. It can keep you hydrated, keep your skin looking great and help with maintaining your weight. While it doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, choosing water over a high calorie beverage can help. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go.
Skipping out on breakfast is a big trend among college students but it’s not necessarily the best for your body. Eating a healthy breakfast that includes high-fiber whole grains and fruit will keep you more alert during classes, help you stay focused and kick-start your body for the rest of the day. It will also keep you from overeating to compensate for the missed meal.
Try 30-minute workouts
Keeping up with academics and a social life can take a lot of time, but it’s important to make time for your health. Get 30 minutes of vigorous exercise at least five days a week of moderate to vigorous exercise. Block out time for exercise or make it an activity you do with friends. The more motivated and accountable you are, the more likely you’ll follow through.