The Student Life: How Not To Gain The Freshman 15

Today marks the start of two weeks dedicated to all things student related – from how to avoid fresher’s flu to eating well on a budget and healthy hangover cures – it’s your dedicated guide to the Student Life.

Ah student life! The beginning of University is a whirlwind of meeting new friends, discovering a new area, settling into your studies and of course, partying. So it’s not surprising that eating healthy food often ends up being low down on student priorities.

However with a little planning and savvy shopping it is possible to avoid gaining weight during your student years. Here are the Munch five top tips on how not to gain the freshman 15. Keep checking back over the next couple of weeks for healthy student recipes, shopping tips and more!

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1)      EAT PROPER MEALS

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It may seem obvious but many students end up skipping meals and relying on snacks and fast food to get them through the day, so weight gain is inevitable. Ditch the processed snacks and aim to eat three balanced meals a day, with two healthy snacks in between if required.

Breakfast is one of the meals students are most likely to skip; whether it’s due to lack of time before that 9am lecture or you just can’t face food after a heavy night out. However brekkie is also the most important meal of the day – eat well and it will boost your brain power, fire up your metabolism and stave off that post-alcohol nausea.

Click here for on the go breakfast ideas for when you’re in a rush, or check out these nutritious breakfasts for when you have a little more time on your hands.

 2)      MIND YOUR DRINKS

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When you’re having fun with your new friends, chances are you’re not considering how many liquid calories you may be drinking. Alcoholic drinks like beer, cider and alcopops are high in empty calories, and that’s before you pick up chips on the way home.

If possible swap pints and sugary drinks for a spirit and mixer like vodka with soda water and lime to drastically cut your calories and keep a clearer head. Check back later in the week to find out just how many calories are in your fave tipple!

 3)      EATING ISN’T CHEATING

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We’ve all heard the term ‘eating is cheating’, but it’s important to eat a good balanced meal before a night out – if you want to enjoy it at least. Sure you might end up drunk faster on an empty stomach, but you’re also more likely to peak too soon as there is no food to slow down the release of alcohol into your blood stream. Look for something with a mix of carbohydrates and protein, like a jacket potato with tuna, to fill you up and ensure you can enjoy your night out.

 4)      GET MOVING

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While you’re a student you’re likely to have a lot of free time in between lectures or on the weekends where you can get in a quick workout. Take advantage of it and try to get in some cardio exercise to keep those fresher’s pounds at bay. You don’t need to sign up for a pricey gym membership; it can be as simple as a quick run around campus or brisk walk into town. Anything to avoid another day on the sofa with a packet of biscuits and Keeping up with the Kardashians reruns!

 5)      READY, STEADY, COOK!

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Chances are your student accommodation is surrounded by takeaways, cafés and your Student Union all offering tempting grub at student-friendly prices, so the lure of eating out beats cooking at home. However try to prepare the majority of your meals at home so you know and can control what goes into your food to save ££££s and lbs!

Hopefully with these five simple tips you can enjoy your student years without gaining weight!

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