My Theme • My theme for this course is, “college freshman’s’ diet habits and its relationship to weight gain.” • I also want to figure out, how does college freshman’s’ diet lead to weight gain during their first year away at school (also known as “Freshman 15”)?
Why College Freshman? • They break apart from the rules and regulations of their parents. • They change their lifestyle from the parental guidance that they’ve lived their entire lives. • As apposed to the normal dinner time at the family household, at school, students are presented with various food choices. • They’re not told to eat certain things, they’re able to eat and drink whatever they want when they want it.
Alcohol • One of the major causes of the freshman 15 is alcohol. • Beer is the common and the major factor for the weight gain. Mainly because of its empty calories and has less alcohol by volume. • When there’s a party, there’s a 99.9% chance, in college, that there will be alcohol involved. May even end up being a keg party. • Freshman tend to start their benders off with starting the weekend early. Going out on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. • They might even continue there benders till Sunday, with the NFL games on T.V.. • With late night partying, there’s also the “drunk munchies”, where students will eat anything they set there minds to.
Ways to Avoid The Freshman 15! • On paper, it sounds easy. But everyone in this day and age are completely different. • The major tips on preventing the Freshman 15 are: • Exercise • Avoid eating unhealthy cafeteria food • Avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol • Avoid eating late at night • Don’t keep unhealthy snacks in the dorm room.
Exercise • Exercising regularly can be your best bet in fighting the freshman 15. • Working out helps tone muscle and running helps burn fat and calories. • All college students should do some sort of exercise daily! • Gym’s at colleges and universities usually are free for all students, so you don’t have to worry about buying a gym membership. • They can run and/or walk on the treadmill, ride the exercise bike, or other machines to help burn fat by doing cardio. • They can weight lift to turn that fat into muscle.
Diet • People think if they go to the gym they can just eat whatever they want. • Proper diet is actually 80-90% of getting that beach bod everyone wants! • Studies show that working out 4 to 5 times per week without eating properly does absolutely nothing for your weight loss and fitness goals. • The 5 Rules of College Nutrition: • Don’t eat processed dining hall foods. • Never skip breakfast! • Drink more water! • Avoid calorie rich alcoholic drinks. • Eat every 3 to 4 hours. (You cannot go hungry. Your body will think it is starving).
Video • Here is a video that is titled, Fighting the Freshman 15. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asiwEXGMV6c