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Video:Quick Tip: How to Avoid the "Freshman 15"

with Michelle Wilson

Most new college students have heard of and are trying to avoid gaining their "Freshman 15." This About.com video will offer some tips on keeping the weight off when you start out at college.See Transcript

Transcript:Quick Tip: How to Avoid the "Freshman 15"

Hi, I'm Michelle Wilson for About.com. Today I'm going to talk to you about how to avoid the dreaded "Freshman 15."

Eating Well at School

First and foremost, you must be mindful of your intake. At dining halls, you might be tempted by soda or soft serve ice cream machines, expansive dessert areas, and all the chicken tenders you can eat. While it's alright to indulge once in a while, try to stick to water, the salad bar, and a single plate of food rather than going back for seconds or thirds.

If you must dine late, opt for a piece of fruit or a granola bar instead of pizza or Chinese food. Your wallet will like this decision too.

Stay Physically Active to Keep Weight Off

Second, try to stay physically active. Many colleges provide ways to accomplish this, including an on campus gym, intramural sports teams and clubs, and the need to walk around campus to get to class.

If you watch what you eat and exercise regularly, you'll be well on your way to avoiding the "Freshman 15." Thanks for watching. For more information, please visit About.com.

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