By now most college students are more comfortable in their new environments, having settled into their routines and class schedules. There's also a good chance they've gotten more comfortable finding their way around the dining hall.
We got the scoop from a dietitian on just the right way to help you avoid that weight gain!
"You`re bombarded with a lot of choices. You don`t have your mom there reminding you that you need to eat your fruits and vegetables, and pushing you to have that balance and variety that you`re now responsible for,"says Medcenter dietitian Kelly Fisher.
While pizza, fries and burgers can be nice treats once in a while, having them on regular basis is simply a bad idea. But even after leaving the dining hall, there are other factors working against you at college.
"The stress, the sleep, you`re up later hours. Nobody`s telling you it`s time to get to bed. You`re socializing, you`re studying. Usually when you`re doing that you`re also snacking,"
Fisher recommends heading into your meals with a clear mind and a game plan. Pay attention to how you feel, and what you`re putting on your plate.
" All this looks good but I want to start with less because the more food you put on that tray, the more you`re going to eat. Think, I`m going to cut it back some. If I`m still physically hungry I can always go back and get more. Maybe I`m full but that really looked good, I can always have that next time,"says Fisher.
For a lot of students, class times conflict with meals, so it`s important to think ahead and have easy, healthy snacks on hand. Make sure to eat throughout the day so you don`t set yourself up for a late night binge.
A major part of the college life is socializing, so Fisher also recommends taking advantage of the wellness center with friends, or finding time between classes to take a walk with your roommate.
This plan works for any of us trying to lose those pounds! Good luck :)