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How can you avoid college weight gain

Typical weight gain, studies show, is 4-10 pounds during the first year of college. Here are the results of several studies that looked at weight gain among college freshmen:
A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggested that the average female freshman gains 5 pounds in her first year.
A Rutgers University study found that 75% of study subjects gained weight -- an average of 7 pounds, from eating approximately 112 extra calories per day.
Freshmen gained an average of 4.2 pounds during the first 12 weeks of school, according to a Cornell University study.
Transitioning to college life is a huge change. Freedom from parental supervision can lead to poor choices in everything from food to sleep, study, and partying habits.The following behaviors, are most likely to contribute to weight gain among college students:
1.Skipping breakfast
2.Decreased physical activity
3.Overdoing all-you-can-eat dining
4.Stress-triggered eating
5.Late-night pizza and other unhealthy snacks
6.Social drinking
7.Too many high-calorie liquids
So how can you avoid college weight gain, Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy weight:
1.Skip dessert at lunch, and indulge only at dinner with a small portion of a sweet treat.
2.Drink lots of water and other no-calorie beverages.
3.Stock your room with healthy snacks to avoid those late-night pizza runs and vending machine attacks.
4.Watch out for weekends. Try to stick to a schedule of regular eating and physical activity rather than indulging in excess eating and drinking all weekend.
5.Join the university gym, sign up for a fitness class, and walk all around campus.
6.Weigh yourself regularly to keep track of your weight status.

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