There are 3 factors that contribute to college weight gain and gaining the "freshman fifteen:"
For overeating and over-drinking info, go back and review:
Under-exercising is likely to occur for one of 3 reasons in college:
While you might be thrilled not to "have" to go to gym class or sports practice anymore, think about all the calories you won't be expending as a result.
Unless you're one of the small handful who'll play team sports in college, you're likely saying goodbye to planned exercise time when you graduate from high school. Get ready to say hello to Freshman 15 weight gain!
Cheerleading practice, baton twirling, volleyball, basketball, softball, track practices, etc., may all be a thing of your past. College weight gain may therefore be a thing of your future.
Do The Math
When you consider just a little movement, "good enough," you're on your way to college weight gain (aka, " The Frosh 15").
Here's a common scenario:
Do The Math
That's how easily college weight gain happens. (Or how easily it happens any time in life....)
Kudos to you if you make it to the gym regularly while on campus. Just don't OVERESTIMATE the effects it has.
Don't settle for "good enough" workouts. It's ok to socialize in the gym. Just do it while you're legs are moving on a treadmill or bike :)
Yes, you're going to be very busy given all the new activities college has to offer and it will be quite easy to make the excuse, "there's just NO TIME to exercise!"
There’s no better time than when you're in college to start fine tuning your time management skills.
Time management exercise
There are 168 hours in a week to fit in everything you need and want to do:
24h/d x 7d/wk = 168hrs/wk
Budget 10 hours/night for sleeping:
Budget 1 hour/day for showering/dressing/hair/makeup:
Budget 1 (combined) hour/day for eating:
Budget 15 hours/wk for each class credit (assuming 15 credits or 5 classes at 3 credits each):
Budget 3 hours/wk/per class for homework:
In this example, 114 hours per week (out of 168 hours in a week) are budgeted for "must do" things.
That leaves 54 hours per week (168-114 = 54) for fun, fitness, and work.
So plan to devote 5-7 hours per week (of the 54 hours left) to exercise!
If your exercise routine looks like this:
So get moving and stay moving!
Or go back and review: