The ins and outs of dorm living: 15 tips for avoiding the freshman 15

Renee Sogueco, ‘Doah Staff Writer
August 20, 2013

In today’s society people have a tendency to obsess over weight and waist size, but life is not all about the size of your body. It should also be about living a long and healthy life. Our weight can fluctuate all of our lives, and it is absolutely normal as our bodies age and change. In college, living healthily and maintaining proper weight often take a backseat to new friends, newfound freedom and life with no parents. In my experience, I did gain weight, so I will impart the lessons I learned from my freshman year to you.’

1) Avoid eating during down times like watching TV. When you’re eating during these times, you do so more out of boredom and you pay less attention to how full your body actually is.

2) If you want to snack avoid snacks such as potato chips which are full of cornstarch. Try a healthy alternative like almonds or Greek yogurt.

3) Late night swipes (8-10:30 p.m. at the Grill) are great, but not when you’re going to bed afterwards. Eating right before bed can cause indigestion and it slows down the emptying of your stomach.

4) Eat something in the morning. Even though it’s really easy to skip breakfast, breakfast is important. According to a study at the University of Texas at El Paso, eating breakfast helps to lessen the amount of calories you will want to eat throughout the day.

5) Avoid binging on junk food. My friends always had a bunch of junk food in their room, and it was easily accessible. Needless to say, we all ate from their junk food stash at one time or another.

6) Do not starve yourself. When you do finally decide to eat after starving yourself for however long, your body — that is very upset with you for not feeding it— will store calories as fat because it’s afraid you won’t eat again.

7) When you eat, eat slowly. Your brain will signal to your stomach that it’s full. If you eat too fast, your stomach will fool you into thinking that you need more food.

8) Drink water. It’s recommended to drink eight glasses a day. Water actually helps to make you feel full so you’re less tempted to eat more.

9) Avoid those late night Waffle House, IHop and Sheetz runs. Trust me. You’ll know when the time comes. Just say no.

10) Go to the dining hall and eat some fruits and veggies. This is a healthy way to fill your stomach without adding corn syrup calories.

11) Do NOT go to Walmart when you are hungry. You’ll end up buying the whole store and then will proceed to eat it all.

12) Watch your portions. In the dining hall, your plates have a circle on the inside. Stay within that circle.

13) Try to avoid mooching off your friends plates after you are done eating. I did that way too many times to count with my friends’ fries.

14) Avoid the soft serve machine, ice cream and soda machine in Allen Dining Hall. Having any one of these everyday will take a toll on both your weight and your energy.

15) Watch what you drink. Alcohol carries a lot of calories, especially the cheap kind.

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