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Fighting the Freshman 15

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pistol Pete participates in the Wellness Walk on campus

If the #Freshman15 is a little too familiar for you, keep reading.

Cardio burns more calories than complaining.

Only you can motivate yourself to make a change. Something as simple as making a switch from riding the bus to walking to class can make a world of difference. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can improve mental health and grades.

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PRO TIP: OSU has a discovery trail designed to keep students active while looking for Pistol Pete sidewalk markers on campus. You even get a prize for completing it. Who doesn’t want a prize?

Important: A balanced diet.

#DYK: A healthy lifestyle is 60 percent diet, 40 percent exercise.

Your diet is the key to weight loss.

  • Don’t drink your calories. Water is crucial for a healthy gut, so you might as well “kill two birds with stone” and always drink water.
    • Put reminders in your phone to drink water. This will help you get in your eight cups a day.
  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods.
    • Eggs, nuts, fruits, chicken
    • Avoid fast food
  • Eat fiber enriched foods. Fiber keeps you full longer.
    • Broccoli, apples, brown rice

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PRO TIP:  University Health Services offers nutrition counseling. A registered dietitian will help you develop a practical meal plan to meet your specific needs.  

The Choose Orange program is designed to help students make more nutritious decisions while on campus. Take advantage of that meal plan while you still have it!

Follow the University Dining’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show you food options available on campus.

Stay active

Walk to class. You burn more calories.

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The Department of Wellness’ calendar can help keep you updated on events like ... #America’sHealthiestCampus.

Keep track of your activity and heart rate with a Fitbit or Apple Watch. Both can be found (and bursared!!) at the OrangeTech counter in the Student Union university store.

Portion control

Don’t starve yourself, but keep in mind that seconds aren’t always necessary.

The to-go box exists for a reason. If you save some of your food for later, you also save money on another meal. #winning

Homemade meals are rare to any college student but remember your goals when you go home for Thanksgiving. Have that pumpkin pie you’ve been dreaming about since September, but opt for a small piece.

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There’s an app for that

Counting calories and measuring out portions is tedious, but there are several apps that help with nutrition.

Lose it and Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal app tracks the calories you eat. All you have to do is scan a barcode or take a picture of your plate. #Blessed

Now you know all the tips and tricks for keeping the Freshman 15 at bay.

Take care of yourself, Cowboys!

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