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25 Biggest Fears of the Incoming College Freshman Class

The first day of class is just days away for many college campuses. That day can be very emotional for any student. However, there may be no one more emotional than the incoming freshmen. The first day of college is more than just attending a new class, it’s entering a whole new world.

It’s been 12 years since I had my first day of classes. Many of my biggest fears came true that day. I couldn’t find a place to park, I got lost, and I was very late to my first class. It was a public speaking course. The first assignment was to give a quick speech about the person sitting next to you. My partner had very little time to interview me as I was so late. Her speech went something like, “I can only assume she’s not a very punctual person given she was so late today.” That got her a laugh and me a red face.

Looking back, I find it funny, too. But that day I was ready to cash in my chips and assume college wasn’t for me. Our emotions have a way of getting the best of us. By my final semester I had made many more mistakes, been late a million more times, and still managed to get lost on campus after all those years. Those issues among a million others seemed to happen to everyone though, and after a few years of it, the fretting stopped and it was just understood that college is a dynamic environment. Everyone was trying to find their way, it wasn’t just me who struggled from time to time.

More than a decade later, I wondered what today’s freshmen were dealing with. What fears are keeping them up at night as they prepare for their first day. I asked several members of the class of 2016 and here’s what they said were their biggest fears: Read the rest of this entry »



3 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid the Freshman 15

The Freshman Fifteen. We’ve all heard of it. Some of us like to think that it is just another silly rumor about college, but the sad truth is that it does exist, and if you don’t take the necessary steps to avoid it, it will get you. Scary, huh?

When I was in high school, I went to the gym every day for two hours, ate like a rabbit, and took good care of myself. When I went to college for the first time, all of my healthy habits went right out the window and I gained the Freshman 15…and then some. But is there any way to avoid this? Now that I’m way past my freshman year, I have discovered a few tricks of the trade that I will now share with you. You may want to start trying these habits on for size now, so that when your first day of college comes, you’ll be ready for it. Don’t worry, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
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Best Diets for College Students

Just like with colleges, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to selecting the right diet that meet your weight loss goals. For college students, choosing a diet depends on a variety of factors including financial and practicality.

Perhaps you’ve put on the Freshman 15 or perhaps you need to start thinking about your New Year’s resolution, but no matter what your motivation for dieting, here are three of the best diets for college students.

Weight Watchers Online: This famous weight loss program has a plan for everyone, including college students. While most of the Weight Watchers programs require that you attend weekly support group meetings and have weigh-ins, the beauty about the Weight Watchers Online plan is that everything is done – you guessed it, online.

How it works

As a Weight Watchers member, you receive a set number of Weight Watchers POINTS you must follow in order to meet your weight loss goals. Foods with lesser POINT values are low in calorie and healthier for you while foods that pack a calorie punch will be assigned a higher POINTS value. No foods are off limits with Weight Watchers, giving high marks on its practicality ranking. You can log in to a secure online account and access all of the education still found in meetings. It won’t interfere with your already crammed schedule and it gives you all the tools that Weight Watchers offers such as support, recipes, menu planners and much more.

Cost

As a Weight Watchers member, you pay a monthly fee. The weight loss giant often features online coupons or discounts.

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Best and Worst New Year’s Drinks

If you’re struggling with your freshman 15, or any 15 for that matter, you’re probably dreading this time of year. People, on average, gain seven pounds during the holiday season, and part of that weight gain is due to those irresistible holiday cocktails. If you plan on drinking this New Year’s, you will be shocked at the amount of calories in some well-known mixed drinks.

Check out this best, better and worst list of alcoholic drinks by their caloric amount.

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Freshman 15 Doesn’t Compare to Senior Surge

Gaining weight during college is a fairly common occurrence. So much so that there is a term for the average weight a freshmen gains called the Freshman 15. Typically a student may put on 15 pounds or more in their first year of college due to less activity involvement or poor eating habits. Although gaining weight isn’t true of every student, a new study has shown that the Freshman 15 pales in comparison to the weight gain students may experience as they progress through college.

A study done at Indiana University has revealed that college students become less active physically and gain more weight as they go into their junior and senior years. One possibility for the lack of physical activity can be related to increased stress and the workload that comes with being an upperclassman.

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5 Halloween Candies to Stay Away From

candy cornOn campus, nothing quite says Halloween like massive bowls of candy filled with Snickers, Blow Pops and fun-size packages of Skittles.

You’re probably thinking that a little candy here and there through the month of October is no biggie, but if you’re trying to avoid the Freshman 15, or any 15 for that matter, consuming all that candy can ruin your healthy eating habits. Though it’s tempting to dig into those ever-so-colorful bowls of candy that are so conveniently positioned at every front desk on campus, you’ll feel a lot better about yourself if you resist. Read the rest of this entry »



Best Fitness DVDs for College Students

Walk Away the PoundsGoing to college, for some students, can be the start of weight gain. Many college students find that they are not as involved with sports or activities as they were in high school and that can lead to gaining weight. There is often the problem of extra calories by way of pizza, alcoholic beverages and other unhealthy foods that students have easy access to because they are cheap and plentiful.

Going to college doesn’t have to turn into a curse for your figure. Typically, colleges offer a nice gym facility that is accessible to students as long as they are enrolled. Not everyone enjoys going to the gym, though. Some people are more comfortable exercising at home in private. For those students wanting their own private getaway to exercise without blowing the college budget on a complete home gym, we’ve compiled a list of fitness DVDs that will be great for working out in your dorm room.

An important thing to look for when you’re trying to find a good fitness DVD is that it gives you good results, is fun, offers variety and doesn’t require lots of extra equipment. The DVDs below meet that criteria and done on a regular basis, can get you great results. Read the rest of this entry »



P90X is Perfect Fitness Program for College Students

P90XOne thing you hear from a lot of people that are trying to lose weight or get back into shape is that they want to get back to their high school weight. The main reason for that is that most people were at their best weight in high school. If you were at all involved in sports, high school might have been when you were in your prime. Many people who play sports in high school are involved in several sports and always training, practicing or working out- without even noticing.

In college, this is often not the case. College students have a lot more academic responsibility and often don’t workout if they are not involved in sports. Like every other aspect of college, you are left on your own to get moving. Those that don’t get some sort of activity usually start gaining weight. Even if you don’t gain weight, it is easy to let yourself go when you’re studying, working on big projects, partying and trying to make it to class.

For those college students that want to get their high school bodies back or just get into shape, P90X may be the program for you. P90X is a 90-day, extreme workout program that is available on DVD that you do in your home. For most college students, these workouts can be done in a dorm room with only a TV, DVD player, hand weights and a pull up bar. You do strength training, cardio and plyometric workouts, all in only a few feet of space. Read the rest of this entry »



Fighting the Freshman 15 on The Today Show [VIDEO]

On this morning’s edition of the Today Show, Ann Curry spoke with psychologist Gail Saltz and nutritionist Joy Bauer about how students heading off to college can avoid gaining the infamous frestoday-show-logohman 15.

They discuss both the emotional issues and practical issues of maintaining a healthy weight at college. Emotional issues include the stress of moving out of their parents’ homes for the first time. “Eating is a very natural way that people contort themselves,” says Saltz. Finding ways to cope with homesickness other than eating is important.

The practical issues may be a little easier to address. “If you can make water your beverage of choice, instead of sodas and sweetened teas, instead of coffee and even fruit juice you can save thousands of calories,” says Bauer. “Because the liquids don’t fill you up.”

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Fight the Freshman 15 with Yoga

If you thought yoga is only about gentle postures and chanting Om in an incense-filled room, you may be in for quite a surprise during your first yoga class.college yoga

While there are many forms of yoga, some, like Ashtanga yoga, can produce quite a caloric burn. In fact, given yoga’s ability to increase metabolism and tone and strengthen the body, it can be a great way to fight the freshman 15. But yoga’s physical benefits are just as important as its mental benefits in helping you avoid weight gain.

Here is what you need to know about yoga and your health.

Yoga and weight loss

Yoga can be such an effective workout to avoid the dreaded freshman 15 because it does more than just give you a cardiovascular workout and produce lean and toned muscles. When it comes to weight loss and health, yoga’s real gold star comes from its ability to produce body awareness. In doing so, it has a near magical way of making you much more aware of the reasons for choosing certain foods over others, controlling portion sizes and clueing you into why you are eating. Read the rest of this entry »





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