Be In Control - Freshman 15 part 2


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In my previous blog I talked about how you can avoid the freshman 15 by exercising daily. There are also other ways to keep those pounds off but instead of the "what to do" it's more so the "what not to do". The common cause to gaining these dreadful pounds is excessive drinking and late night snacking.

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For most college freshman, this is their first time away from home without any supervision. So most college freshman tend to go a little crazy their first year. Considering that college freshman are under the age of 21 and cannot get into local bars, their only option of consuming alcohol is to go to frats, apartment parties, or house parties off campus; most of which serve beer. Whether they are handing out cans or giving you cups to fill up from the keg, beer is full of empty calories. Not only does the beer have more calories than you think but it usually leads to late night snacking. After the party is over, or whenever you decide to leave, people tend to get the sudden urge to eat. I mean who can't resist the offer of Canyon Pizza, Pokie Sticks, DP Dough, or the heart attack on a bun that you get from R U Hungry? Not only are all of the late night options unhealthy but eating them late at night causes weight gain. Did you know that each 12oz can of beer has approximately 148 calories? And did you know that even if you only drink the equivalent of 1 beer a night that you are likely to gain one pound per month? 

The combination of drinking beer and late night munching is an easy way to gain the freshman 15. So maybe if you want to drink then you should try to stay away from the beer. And if you find it necessary to snack when your drunk then maybe have the option of fruits and vegetables in your fridge so that, although you're eating at night, at least it's something healthy and not fattening.

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late night snacking. that is really a big problem because I always study late..and I always buy a lot of snacks at night... When I am in home,my mother prohibited me from eating at night,but now I am alone in the university,I cannot control my self to have some snacks.when I get hungry at night....I feel i am getting fat.... after read your blog..I know a lot.."The combination of drinking beer and late night munching is an easy way to gain the freshman 15." though I don't drink beer, but my father likes that, I think I should remind him of this.

The freshman 15 is probably one of the top problems for college freshmen and it is definitely one that everyone seems to notice. I think this was a great topic to discuss because of how it can directly relate to many students in this class and it can help teach freshmen what not to do on their late nights out. Luckily, I was able to make it out of freshman year without the infamous "extra 15," but that does not mean that I have just let loose this year. Like you have stated in your blog post, late night eating can be a killer. It is pretty well known that drinking can lead to late night trips to taco bell or the many pizza places surrounding State College, but it can be a real danger. Personally, I think you make a great point that it is a good idea to have fruits and vegetables in your fridge so as to not be tempted to eat something you will regret in the morning. Along with fruits and veggies, here are some other late night cravings that won't pack on the pounds. Obviously, late night eating is not just a problem on the weekends. Many of us, including myself, tend to have some pretty long study sessions and need something to satisfy our stomach growls. I think a big thing is to have self control and not reach for the chocolate bar, but rather the banana. We might not think of it as a big deal at the time, but I know that I do not feel that great when I eat real heavy so late in the evening. Another helpful idea to curve the bad eating habits is to conquer it with a friend. Instead of going to stand in the Canyon line, grab a friend and turn down the late night grease for a healthier option since it is probably much easier to accomplish with someone you trust by your side.

The freshman 15 is probably one of the top problems for college freshmen and it is definitely one that everyone seems to notice. I think this was a great topic to discuss because of how it can directly relate to many students in this class and it can help teach freshmen what not to do on their late nights out. Luckily, I was able to make it out of freshman year without the infamous "extra 15," but that does not mean that I have just let loose this year. Like you have stated in your blog post, late night eating can be a killer. It is pretty well known that drinking can lead to late night trips to taco bell or the many pizza places surrounding State College, but it can be a real danger. Personally, I think you make a great point that it is a good idea to have fruits and vegetables in your fridge so as to not be tempted to eat something you will regret in the morning. Along with fruits and veggies, here are some other late night cravings that won't pack on the pounds. Obviously, late night eating is not just a problem on the weekends. Many of us, including myself, tend to have some pretty long study sessions and need something to satisfy our stomach growls. I think a big thing is to have self control and not reach for the chocolate bar, but rather the banana. We might not think of it as a big deal at the time, but I know that I do not feel that great when I eat real heavy so late in the evening. Another helpful idea to curve the bad eating habits is to conquer it with a friend. Instead of going to stand in the Canyon line, grab a friend and turn down the late night grease for a healthier option since it is probably much easier to accomplish with someone you trust by your side.

I relate to this so much. I have no self control at all when it comes to food. If I am in my room and there is chocolate lying around and its late at night, I automatically reach for it. It's bad. I have always heard about the freshman 15 and though it was a myth, but now I'm actually scared. I also cannot resist myself from eating when I'm with my friends late at night and they order food. I don't even want it, but it's in front of my face and looks so good so I eat it anyways. I try to keep fruit in my room for when I come home and possibly feel the urge to snack. Resisting the urge and having good self control is important. Now that I know the reason of the freshman 15 I will try my best to avoid it. Thanks for the tip!

I REALLY love this article since it illustrates the story of my life last semester. I literally gained 15 pounds from my freshmen year here at Penn State! Before I even realized how much weight I've gained...it was a little too late when I couldn't fit myself into my favorite jeans. Although I did not drink any alcohol beverages during the time when I was here in America, but I did go to loads of parties back in Thailand in summer. After realizing how much weight I've gained...one day after I was back from Spring break, I told myself "I HAVE TO CHANGE THIS". I stopped having sodas and change my way of life completely ever since that day until now :) I still haven't reached my goal weight (or even get rid of all these weights I've gained) but as long as I'm still concerning about this healthy lifestyle and I still keep going to the gym, I think I will not gain "that much" weight during this sophomore year. But yeah, who knows what's going to happen :) so I'll try my best!

I feel as if it is impossible for some people to not gain a freshman 15. What you said in your blog is completely true. Many people often do late night activities that leave them hungry, and where else is better to turn than canyon pizza where you can get a slice of pizza for a dollar. What i want to focus on however is how good is the dining hall for you. Do you guys think that penn state offers enough healthy choices that will help you avoid the freshman 15 rather than gain it? I find it funny that the HUB offers a chick-fil-a, burger king, and panda express, yet no true healthy eating options. Of course there are salads and fruit, but often that is not enough for a growing college male. Maybe with the addition of more healthy choices and less fried or fast food on college campuses freshman 15 rates will drop

Hey Hayley!

I enjoyed reading your article. I despise the taste of beer, and now after reading your article, I'm never going to touch it again! Did you know that beer also slows down your metabolism? So on top of the empty calories, a slower metabolism also contributes to the freshman 15. You can read more about it on here
Also, the foods that are most convenient to obtain after a night of partying are fast foods with high calories, making weight-gain inevitable.

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