College Weight Gain Course 101
Freshman 15 Causes

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound Of Cure: Understanding Freshman 15 Causes

Allow me to share my professional advice and experience as a dietitian to answer the burning question every college freshman has:


Quick Math Lesson: How College Weight Gain Happens

To do what it takes to beat freshman weight gain, you must be proficient in one particular mathematical equation:

3500 calories = 1 pound of body fat

When you eat more calories than you burn, you gain body fat. For every 3,500 calorie excess you eat, you'll gain one pound.

(This is what one pound of body fat looks like.)

Make sense?

Calories matter. If you need a little more tutoring on this topic, read more about caloric intake.

If 3500 = 1 pound of body fat, then 52,500 calories = 15 pounds of body fat = "The Frosh 15"

(3500 calories x 15 = 52,500)

It follows then...

Cause of Freshman 15: Eating and drinking 52,500 more calories than you burn over the course of time (one semester, two semesters, etc.).

You therefore need to be aware of where extra calories can sneak in and then take some steps to make sure they don't.

Move on to the next lesson now:
Course 102: Freshman 15 Causes - Top Calorie Culprits

Or go back to:
Freshman Weight Gain Overview

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