The Freshman 15 can be avoided by making a conscious decision to sit on the sidelines for late-night pizza bites! College life often results in studying late into the night while munching junk food, ordering pizza after a long night of partying, and forgetting the pastime that was once practiced in high school — exercise. With the stress of exams and all the changes that come with entering college, it’s easy to forget all the healthy eating habits you once had at home.
The Dorm Room Diet states that it’s not about restricting food or counting calories, it’s about putting you in the driver’s seat when it comes to making healthy choices you can live with for the rest of your life. What you eat today will set the stage for your future well-being. All you have to do, according to creator Daphne Oz, is learn the basics about healthy eating and learn to consciously make the right choices — and know that you are in control of what you eat.
What makes the dorm diet different?
The Dorm Room Diet is not a fad or a crash diet that leaves you deprived and craving the foods you love. It is based on a balanced diet and focuses on the challenges students face in terms of good nutrition on campus. Practical, easy-to-follow advice is provided on how to navigate the cafeteria, pizza boxes and frozen entrees without setting the stage for a heart attack.
What is the dorm diet?
The Dorm Room Diet is an eight-step program that states you will achieve and maintain a new healthy lifestyle that can be embraced on a college campus.
– Step one offers some inspirational words and ideas on motivation – what will make you change your eating habits?
– Step two uncovers the reasons why college students have such a hard time eating healthy and offers solutions to adopt and maintain healthy eating habits – you are not destined to be freshman fifteen!
– Step three states that you should eat from all food groups with an emphasis on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and healthy fats. Watch out for the “stop-drop-or-roll” foods that make you tired, hungry, and fat if you eat enough of them.
– Step four teaches how to manage your time, money and storage space to eat healthy. Stock up on healthy snacks like nuts and dried fruit for the not-so-large micro-fridges.
– Step five shows you how to avoid the “danger zones” in college that can sabotage your weight loss efforts. You don’t have to reach for the soft ice cream machine every evening – it will be there tomorrow.
Step six looks at exercises and ways to fit them into your already busy schedule.
– Step seven talks about nutritional supplements and offers remedies for common ailments like colds, constipation and fatigue.
– Step eight encourages you to get a massage and engage in other forms of relaxation such as: B. Breathing, meditation and aromatherapy.
A typical day on The Dorm Room Diet would include a piece of fruit or yogurt for breakfast instead of resorting to that mashed candy bar at the bottom of your bag, a turkey sandwich with whole wheat bread for lunch, and grilled chicken and vegetables for dinner. Luckily, you can keep sipping your coffee as research has shown that it has many health benefits. During the long hours of the night you won’t be snacking on chips, but nuts or popcorn. You’ll also find a few minutes during the day to hit the gym to get some exercise or try the new kickboxing class they’re offering. Skipping cocktails at the nearby fraternity would also be wise, as alcohol only adds extra calories.
Of course you’re in college, so a drink now and then is allowed, but skip the margaritas and opt for red wine. You’ll eat when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored, angry, or frustrated while studying organic chemistry.
Some tips for success:
– Always have breakfast
– Eat at least every three hours (three meals and two snacks)
– If you want something sinful, count to your age and then decide if you really want it
– Avoid eating within two hours of bedtime
– Never keep an eye on weight-sabotaging snacks when studying for your exams, stick to veggies, nuts and soy chips.
– Avoid “addictive” foods that improve mood in the short term and leave you wanting more.
What Are the Weight Loss Expectations?
You can expect to lose one to two pounds a week.
Is sport funded?
Yes, exercise is encouraged. It is recommended that you do what suits you best and mix it up to allow your body to reach its full potential. While there is no one-size-fits-all workout schedule, a good overall program is: 30 minutes to an hour of cardio three days a week, one hour of strength training one day a week, and one hour of strength training extension (yoga or Pilates) one day a week. (Examples of strength training exercises and stretches are provided).
Are dietary supplements recommended?
Yes, dietary supplements are designed to help you achieve and maintain optimal health. Although the prescription for a dietary supplement varies from person to person, it’s important to take a multivitamin daily along with vitamin C, vitamin E, a multimineral vitamin, and essential fatty acid supplements.
Thanks to Tiffany M. White