1. Also a student. It can be tough, but also possible! I think student life, as varied as it can be, requires A LOT of planning when it comes to weight loss. Irregular schedules, lack of healthy food options on campus, going from class to class or meeting or work, socializing around high calorie food, etc. can lead to a difficult time when things are unplanned.
2. Re-think nutrition. Legumes, frozen and seasonal produce, buying items in bulk and on sale can save A LOT of money. Try new recipes. Explore food websites that show examples of amazing meals for relatively little, including foodie blogs. Get creative with herbs and basic condiments (different kinds of oils, vinegars, etc); in the right combinations, they can make almost any food taste amazing. There are many people in your situation who've shared their ideas online and post recipes for tasty, healthy foods on a budget.
3. Why, do you think, do you over-eat? I've also struggled/suffered with over-eating for as long as I can now remember, and in my own experience, the only thing that has worked or gotten close to working is to satisfy the needs I have in other ways. I usually over-eat because I feel lonely, because I am bored, because I lack nutrition, because I let myself (quite simply let myself), and so on. Addressing the emotions/motivations that cause me to over-eat seems to be more effective than letting them run amok and expecting myself to not reach for food as comfort. This takes time, but it is worth the effort. Also, if you are snacking in the evening, is it possible that you feel tired and reach for food as an energy-boost? Or have you thought about planning an exercise routine around that time if you'd rather not eat then?
Reached onederland December 31, 2013!
Became 'overweight' on July 29, 2014!