10 Foods to Fight the Freshman 15
When most people think of weight loss, they seem to correlate it with dieting and starvation, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
While it’s important to cut back the amount of calories going in, it should not be to the point of starvation. When your body goes into starvation mode, it doesn’t feed off of your fat. It goes straight to your muscles…. with vengeance.
Trust us. This is not the body you want.
Instead, your focus should be on eating healthy as often as possible and adding in exercise to your already packed schedule. But that’s easier said than done when you’re living in a dorm.
In this post, we’ll show you the top ten foods to fight the freshman 15 even if you’re stuck with no refrigeration in your dorm.
Pistachios & Almonds
Fruits like Pears, Grapefruit, Oranges & Apples
One of the best ways to beat the freshman 15 is to eat smaller meals throughout the day. But between classes, a social life and studying, who has time to prepare 5-7 small meals a day? That’s where pistachios and almonds can be a lifesaver.
Keep a small handful—no larger than the square part of your palm—of pistachios or almonds in your bag at all times. This will keep you from reaching for crappy snacks like chips and cookies as well as keep you energized and focused throughout the day.
Just like the nuts mentioned in number one, these are great to keep on hand and easy to store since they don’t require refrigeration. Start your day with a grapefruit for breakfast and keep pears, oranges and apples as snacks. All four fruits are notorious for aiding in weight loss and keeping hunger at bay.
Whole Wheat Bread
I didn’t get into the avocado game until my mid twenties and all I can say is I wish someone had told me about their benefits sooner. Forget expensive skin creams, aim for half an avocado a day and watch how much your skin starts to glow.
In addition, avocados target belly fat which is perfect for combating a potential, freshman beer belly.
Peanut or Almond Butter
If you can get into the habit of avoiding white flour and breads and switch to whole wheat options in your 20s, then you’re off to a great start. Unlike white bread, whole wheat doesn’t cause insulin spikes and will leave you feeling full for longer.
Keep whole wheat bread on hand for peanut butter or tuna sandwiches and you’ll never have to skip a meal again.
Ideally, you’ll want to eat almond butter as it’s not as over processed as peanut butter, but it can be a bit more expensive and tough on a college budget. Similar to avocados, the key here is portion control. A hefty spoonful is about all you need as an afternoon pick me up or as your lunch.
These convenient tuna pouches pack a good amount of protein without breaking the budget. Add avocado on top of some whole wheat bread with tuna and you have the perfect, waist-slimming lunch.
Whole Wheat Crackers
Between the antioxidants and stomach-flattening benefits, you cannot go wrong with green tea. Plus, green tea is super affordable and great for clearing your skin and helping your body detox.
Since it does have a small amount of caffeine, you should probably only stick to about three cups at most per day.
Back in my 20s, I was snacking on Goldfish and other crappy snacks instead of whole wheat crackers and I’m almost positive that the fake dyes and MSG only made me hungrier and caused me to want more food (mostly junk food too).
Dip these into your almond or peanut butter and munch on this instead of those cute little fishies. Again, be careful on portion control so you don’t add too many calories to your day.
All you need is a microwave and some water and you’ve got yourself a tasty little snack with instant oatmeal. Ideally, you’ll want to move away from the instant packets once you move out of the dorm, but for now it’s just too convenient to pass up.
Most people think oatmeal is only good as a breakfast, but Jackie Warner, a badass personal trainer to the stars and former Biggest Loser trainer, taught me in her book “This is Why You’re Fat” that it’s much better as a snack instead of a full meal. You’ll feel full without being weighed down.
So technically this one is not a food, but it should be a staple in your dorm room at all times. It’s affordable, easy to make and it keeps well for months. Find a variety that’s low in sugar and calories but high in protein content and try to have one a day if possible. Jackie Warner also suggests using one with Whey Isolate in it.
Eating these ten foods, which are high in protein and fiber, will help you feel full longer so you don’t end up overeating or spending your day snacking. Combine these foods with exercise and you’re one step closer to a flatter tummy in no time.
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