School will soon be back in session and for some first-year college students, gaining the Freshman 15 is another thing they have to worry about.
The Freshman 15 is when first-year college students supposedly gain 15 lbs once they go off to college.
However, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the average weight gain of freshmen is about half that—seven pounds.
A recent study out of The Ohio State University found that number to be even lower. They discovered that students only gained about three pounds during their first-year of school.
But any amount of excess weight can have a negative impact on one’s health so students are encouraged to follow these few tips to live a healthy life-style:
• Watch the liquid calories. Water is always a good choice.
• Eat regular meals and don’t skip breakfast in exchange for a few more minutes of sleep.
• Choose to eat whole foods instead of processed ones.
• Get adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation, or getting less than six-hours of sleep a night can negatively impact your appetite and metabolism.
• Remember to make time for regular exercise.
According to researchers, belly fat puts people at risk for heart disease and diabetes. Classes will resume on August 22 for Ohio State University students.
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