Avoiding the Freshman Fifteen : 4 Rules to Live By


Alright all you soon-to-be college students, let’s just be honest here. What is your biggest fear for your first few months/year at college? Is it getting lost around campus? Is it not understanding what’s required of you for your first assignment? Is it the potentially hazardous situation of living with a roommate whom you’ve never met before and having to somehow make it work? Nah, it can’t be any of those things because if you’re lost, you ask for directions; if you don’t know how to begin your first assignment, you ask your professor for help; if it’s living with a crazy roommate, you step up and be the man/woman that you are and deal with it in a very mature way – with a masking tape border that you very graciously place from one end of the room to the other to divide up your sides, and tell them that if they cross it, you’ll call the R.A.

No, I think that most students are worried about putting on the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen”.

Looks like this dog is in his first year at college...had one too many Milk-Bones.

Let’s face it: no one wants to put on weight, but when you’re living away from home for the first time, it can be easy to do. And it’s not just about putting on weight, but also about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. After all, if you eat well and remain active, you will achieve higher results in your studies (I know, I know…I can hear you all right now saying, “Yeah, okay…thanks Mom“). I’m not trying to be all “preach-y Mom-like” here, but…oh, who am I kidding? Yes, I am. I just think it’s extremely important for you to remember that, without a healthy lifestyle, you won’t have as much energy and therefore, your grades will slip.

So, what can you do to avoid those horrible extra pounds that seem to somehow find their way to every single freshman body?? Good question.

1) Eat your vegetables: I know that this is pretty obvious, but I read an article today that honestly shocked me. It said that studies shown that “many post-secondary students aren’t eating one serving of fruuits or vegetables a day – a far cry from the recommendation of 5 servings per day in the U.S. and 7-8 in Canada”. Seriously?? That’s ridiculous. Eat a vegetable or two each day…it won’t kill you. And if it does, well, you can hold me accountable.

You see this? Eat some of it.

2) Exercise: Even if it’s only for 20 minutes a day, get your body moving. You’re going to be sitting in class for hours on end throughout the day, so utilise your time wisely: instead of taking the elevator to get to your prof’s office, take the stairs; instead of asking the only guy on campus with a car for a ride to your class, really push yourself and take the extra 15 minutes it’ll take to walk there. If you’re not the kind of guy/girl who likes to jog/ swim/box/play a random game of “Tag” with unsuspecting students on campus run, well then, take some time to find out what will actually motivate you to move your body and do it!

Just in case you weren't sure what walking was...feel free to have arms, though.

3) Go to sleep: 4am is not a bedtime. It’s a time when no one should be doing anything except sleeping (or possibly watching Die Hard for the 17th time. Then it’s okay.) If you stay up late, then you sleep late. Sleep late, and miss your classes. Miss your classes, and get behind in all of your work. Get behind in all of your work, your grades will make you cry. Grades make you cry, and you will be a poor performer in school. And, if that happens, then you probably won’t get a very good job as you may not even graduate. So, is all of that really worth the 4am Facebook chats and Twitter updates what Lil Wayne tweeted, what made you “lol”, or where to buy the best Jumbo Shrimp (or whatever you kids talk about these days…)?? Probably not. When you’re well-rested, you have more energy and don’t need “sugar highs” to get you through the day, thereby (yes, I said “thereby”) you avoid the vending machines.

4) Alcohol isn’t water: We all know that we’re supposed to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, but I think some college students mistake beer for water somehow. I mean, yes, they are both liquids, but one has tons of empty calories in it and the other, well…the other is water. Enough said.

As exciting as your first few months/year at college may be, remember that in order to be a successful student, you must also be healthy; hate to break it to you, but the two kind of go hand-in-hand. I know it’s tempting to eat hamburgers and cheese fries (or, here in Canada, poutine) everyday, but if you do that, I can almost guarantee that you’ll be subjected to the Freshman 15.

It’s okay to indulge once in a while, but remember to eat a balanced diet, get yourself moving each day for at least 20 minutes, get proper rest, and go easy on the alcohol.If you do, you’ll be a stellar student. Also, I’ll even give you a shout out on the blogΒ  and who wouldn‘t like that? πŸ˜‰




14 Responses to “Avoiding the Freshman Fifteen : 4 Rules to Live By”

  1. 1 steve@bayintegratedmarketing.com


    Who ever told you that beer is not water? I love your article, but it certainly is not consistent with American Frat life πŸ™‚

    “For it’s not for knowledge that we come to college but to have fun, drink beer, chase girls, etc. while were here.” – Sigma Phi Epsilon

    and after all, 4 AM is better than 6 AM!

    • Yeah, maybe I’ve been living my life all wrong, huh? Stupid water taking the place of beer… πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the kind words and for dropping by again, Steve!

  2. It’s almost a no brainer to run an eat vegetables when you realize that Canadians eat 7-8 per day!

    • Yeah, I would think the same, but apparently, many college kids don’t actually think about it. That’s why I had to remind them by getting all preach-y mother-y on them… πŸ˜‰

      Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting, Sarah!

  3. Such a great article.

    Obviously written by a CANADIAN.

    I’ll be dropping in..


    • Well, I’m just glad that my nationality was perfectly clear. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Sam!

  4. “Alcohol isn’t water” Yeah right!

    Is this a new scientific discovery or do I have a drinking problem? πŸ™‚

  5. That walking thing made me laugh out loud.. HAHAHAHA!!

    And yes, I did read the article.. Great tips. I like reading all your posts actually, I can almost feel that energy you put into them, way to tackle these serious topics about education!

    Even your comments are filled with this .. Christyness thing to it that I enjoy very much! Keep it up πŸ™‚


    • Aww…thanks, Edwin! You’re the best! πŸ™‚ Glad I made you laugh a little…I just thought it was weird that there was an “example” of what walking looks like, but the guy didn’t have arms…what’s up with that??

      Thanks again, Edwin!

  6. love the visual without the arms… obviously arms are far less important to a freshman! great post πŸ™‚

    • Hahahaha!!! Yes, that is EXACTLY the point I was trying to make… πŸ˜‰

      Thanks so much for dropping in and commenting, Tinkerbelle!

  7. This is great advice. These warnings aren’t heard nearly often enough considering how universal a problem this is. You gain that weight in six months and it may stay with you forever.

    • Exactly! I think that a lot of freshman just assume that it’s only a little weight and they can drop it whenever they want, but the problem lies in his/her actual lifestyle. If you create a healthy lifestyle in college, chances are that it will continue throughout your lifetime!

      Thanks so much for stopping by, commenting, and for your kind words, Good Greatsby! πŸ™‚

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