How to Avoid the Freshmen 15

I’ll just take three of these…

By: Narayguy (founder)

What, you ask, is the F15? No, its not a plane. Although it does involve cargo. 

Its the extra weight that most freshmen mysteriously gain in their first year of college. After a close analysis of the typical life of the freshmen, let me tell you why I think this phenomenon occurs.

College means excess, and freedom. Alcohol, friends, parties, sex, and food. Sure parties are great, but the common mistake many first-year students make is drinking too much, simply because its there. It’s fun to be buzzed, why wouldn’t that next drink bring even more pleasure?

Dining halls are the same way. It’s great to enter a room filled with food stations, its like a shopping mall for your stomach. But eater beware, if you sample from each of these stations in one meal, you’ll be going far beyond your reasonable portion size.

Portion size is key here. If you do sample like a homeless person, your tray will soon be filled to the point you might spill on that tiny freshmen. And if you’re anything like me, you won’t want to waste any of that food, because there are starving kids in India. Answer? Only take small portions. Walk your ass back over to the stations to get more.

Obviously this isn’t easy, if it was, then the freshmen 15 would be a thing talked about so widely. Finding little ways to be mindful, and avoid common mistakes, is crucial when starting college.

Nuggets, fries, burger, taco stand, mongolian BBQ, and damnit I really just wanted some cereal too. Sure, its fine to pig out every now and then, but if you take a wide sample often, do not be surprised when your favorite jeans from senior year high school don’t fit anymore. Its just reality. Learn to restrict yourself a bit in college, and you’ll be much happier with your results.

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