In this post we are dealing with a very popular subject among college students, weight loss. Unfortunately the problem with extra weight starts from early childhood and becomes a tough problem for teenagers and later for college students. We already provided several tips about weight loss for teens in a previous post and in this post we concentrate on what college students can do to lose weight or at least not to gain any extra pounds.
1. Exercise in the morning is more effective.
College students are among the group of people who can enjoy their mornings especially when they do not have class early in the morning. This of course implies that they wake up early and take advantage of the morning. It is a scientific fact that if you exercise in the morning as soon as you wake up (with an empty stomach) you will have better results. This is because the body will need energy and will find it from the storage (calorie and fat). If you can do it for a couple of weeks you will get used to it and appreciate how effective it is. You do not have to spend hours working out, 10-15 minutes of cardio exercises (walking, running, aerobics, cycling, etc) is enough.
2. Save calories by skipping night snacks
The first part of the healthy weight loss equation is to exercise in the morning with an empty stomach and the second part is not to eat late at night. Arrange your program so that you take your last meal at least 3 hours before bed time, after that try not to eat or drink anything (besides water). This will give enough time to your body digest the food and store less fat to the reserves.
3. Keep full fat snacks away
If you really want to lose weight then you must be ready to make certain sacrifices. This means that you should reduce the consumption of certain snacks that you enjoy but are full of calories and fat. Examples include ice-creams, cream coffees, muffins, alcoholic cocktails and sweets. You do not have to completely avoid these but do moderate their consumption. For example you can have such snacks once per week and for the rest of the days you can replace them with more healthier and low-fat alternatives.
4. Fruits are beneficial for weight loss and performance
You already know that fruits and vegetables are important for weight loss. They are full of fiber and have limited amount of calories, fats and sugars. Fiber can keep you full for a long time and away from other unhealthy snacks. In addition fruits will enforce your memory and give you the energy required to cope with the demands of studying.
5. Do more with less
Weight loss is not only about effort but it is also about method. When trying to lose weight you should know the proper ways to approach it. Weight loss is not about not eating anything but is about eating less more frequently. So to achieve some good results forget about the classical 3 main meals and start eating fewer meals every 3-4 hours. Make sure that you start your day with a good breakfast (right after your exercise session), and then try to eat something every 3-4 hours. This will keep your stomach busy and gradually this pattern will improve your metabolism. Once you reach this stage everything else will be faster and easier.