If this is your first year as an international student in the U.S, at some point you will hear the phrase “Freshman 15”. This term basically means the amount of weight a freshman usually gains during their 1st year. It’s widely believed that many 1st year students face this issue because of easily accessible “not so healthy” foods on campus as well as their affordability.
Keep in mind these three things about “Freshman 15”:
1. It’s completely avoidable. While a challenge at times, staying active and eating healthy is not impossible. Create an exercise and healthy meal routine that helps you stay in shape and the dreaded “Freshman 15” will be the least of your worries.
2. While anyone is prone to gaining a few pounds in college, the “Freshman 15” is really just a myth. Everyone’s body is different when it comes to diet and exercise and while some may gain a few pounds, other may lose or maintain their current weight during their time in college.
3. Food is not the only factor that causes some weight gain. Stress and metabolism play a huge role in how our body manages its weight.