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Old 11-25-2011, 07:21 PM   #1  
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Default freshman 15 real or fake??

hey guys before i started school i had lost 33 pounds now i have gained back almost 20. do you believe in the freshman 15?? where you supposidly gain 15 pounds or so the 1st year you go to university??
any experinces or suggestions would be helpful
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:37 PM   #2  
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Some people gain weight when they start college, some don't.

Watch what you eat and drink, exercise regularly, and make good choices: you'll be fine.

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Old 11-25-2011, 07:51 PM   #3  
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freshman 15 is definitely real! I've been through it myself. I would say at the dining commons, go to the salad bars and avoid the ice-cream. Don't binge drink on the weekends, settle with 1-2 mixed vodka drinks and dilute it with water. Good luck!
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:06 PM   #4  
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I think it's just like any other 15 lbs...if you eat enough to gain it...you will!
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:16 PM   #5  
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My experience in college was that it was definitely easy to gain weight. Our cafeteria was amazing, and there was sooo much food to choose from, plus all sorts of delicious desserts... it was crazy! Lots of drinking on the weekends plus all the free food made me gain quite a few pounds in college.

Of course, that was only because I made bad decisions. Losing weight in college is certainly possible if you plan and make good decisions. I could have selected healthy foods from the cafeteria; there was a soup/salad bar, fruits, veggies, sandwiches, etc. Plus there was a gym that was free to students in my dorm. It's not like greasy, high-calorie food was my only choice =) Good luck!
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:21 PM   #6  
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Well the freshman 15 has been debunked in studies, and my experience supported that. I lost like 25lbs my freshman year because I had to walk so far to get to the dining hall, and I went to a school in the mountains, so almost everywhere was uphill!
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:24 PM   #7  
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A lot of it has to do with what kind of flexibility there is in the meal plan and what you do with it. Fortunately I think there are more choices than there were when I was there.

Our meal plan was mandatory for a minimum of 16 meals/week . We had no salad bar and our only vegetable choice (every day) was overcooked canned vegetables swimming in oil. (NASTY). Deep fried and casseroles were 85% of the meals. The food was disgusting but there were no grocery stores in walking distance to campus and most students in the dorm couldnt afford to park a car on campus.

The 15 isnt mandatory it comes from:

Poor food availability
  • Budget constraints (unfortunately fattening foods are cheap and easily available)
  • Lack of food knowledge (you should be good here!) but for many college freshman this is the first time they have been in charge of their own food choices
  • Social eating and temptations- If everyone in your study group wants to order pizza...
  • Alcohol, it's calories, and the related lack of food control
  • Stress eating and sleep disruption- what is available at 2 am in your dorm when you are cramming for your midterm. Unless you plan ahead it's likely to be vending machine.

Budget time for exercise. Budget room for SOME social eating so you can control it. Stock your dorm with reasonable alternatives. If you cant go to the grocery often, figure out reasonable shelf stable alternatives and go when you can.

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Old 11-25-2011, 08:48 PM   #8  
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It's not inevitable, but some amount of weight gain does seem pretty common among undergrads. I probably gained about 15 lbs. my freshman year (and then about another 35 my sophomore year). My main problems were a lack of knowledge about what actually constitutes a healthy, balanced diet; a lack of healthy coping mechanisms to deal with the stress, anxiety, and depression I was feeling; and the superabundance of bad choices that were often too difficult for me to turn down. I would suggest that you find out the nutritional info for the food that's being served in the dining halls so you can select the best food options, figure out if there's anything that triggers you to overeat or make poor food choices if either of those things are problems for you (e.g., emotions, boredom, tiredness) and work on dealing with the triggers, and to move to a dorm or off-campus housing with a full kitchen if/when you can. Having your own kitchen gives you much more control over what you eat and can help you sidestep dining hall temptations (if there are any).

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Old 11-25-2011, 08:58 PM   #9  
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I gained it. I didn't live on campus and I didn't have a meal plan - but college kids are generally young, just moved out of their house, control what they spend money on moreso than before, and party a lot! I had a lot less responsibilities. So that consisted of hanging out with friends + food... presto, the 15 & more!!
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:25 PM   #10  
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I gained 15 my freshman yr for reasons already stated. Lots of late nights, parties, drinking and eating Krystal and pizza late at night.
However, when I went to nursing school for 3 yrs, I gained 20, b/c all you do in nursing school is study, eat, study, go to clinical, sit, & study!!
There was NEVER a free moment to walk, bike, or think...
All we could do was study!!
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:54 PM   #11  
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It was real enough for me. I live in a dorm and the cafeteria here is amazing. You have a mealplan and you get to eat anything you want, you only pay "one meal" but it's like a buffet. Hard not to overeat when you're surrounded by all deliciousness and baked goods and whatnot. I gained the 15 lbs in as little as 2 months. It sucked. It was very hard to get back on track. I had to do p90x and diet to get back to where I was although I never got back to the original weight I was at before starting college. Now i'm just a rollercoaster with my weight and trying to lose it back cause I gained a lot again. The cafeteria is great... but evil if you don't have good self control :[
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:00 PM   #12  
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Real for me, but not 15 pounds. Maybe 10.

Coming from my paretn's house, where my mom cooked dinner every night and portioned out our food, having free range of yummy college food did me in. Even as a Senior in high school, we had to ask to have a pop or snack. Then I was in college and could buy whatever crap I wanted to keep in the dorm.

Couple that with a lack of exercise from sports that i was previously doing in high school and it is pretty easy to gain weight and devlop poor eating habits.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:58 PM   #13  
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The freshman 15 is real,and if you went to a school with excellent food options, it is usually more. Like at my college,we told incomings and prospectives that it would be more like 30 -45lbs.our school had been nationally 1st or 2nd for years for our food. So I know the feeling. The food is available and awesome so u gain weight.hmm...perhaps that's why they recently build a brand new rec center,so the whole campus would collapse because of the weight.lol.

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Old 11-27-2011, 12:26 AM   #14  
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I actually lost about 30 pounds my freshman year of college... I gained it all after i Left college that next year.
It all depends on how you handle your down time, just exercise regularly and watch what you eat and you will be fine!
I lost mine from watching what I ate, staying active All the time and working out!!
Now after a few years I'm back in college and trying to lose a Lot more than that!
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:31 AM   #15  
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I was able to maintain my weight during my freshman year and that was living on campus 5 hours away from home with nothing but cheap and unhealthy foods.
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