How to Lose Weight in College

15 Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15

Wise up with this primer on how to make it through your first year at college without gaining weight

During the First Week

Set ground rules about care packages. “Be clear about what you want your family to send—and not send,” says Flipse. Your parents might think that you’re starving, but between an unlimited meal plan and extracurriculars that abound with snacks, you really don’t need to stock your dorm with chips, sweets, and processed crackers. Instead, ask the ’rents for items like makeup, shampoo, and other nonfood necessities.

Make time for breakfast. When you’ve got an 8 a.m. lecture, it’s tempting to roll out of your extra-long twin and run straight to class, but skipping your morning meal can slow metabolism and encourage a binge later in the day. Research shows that breakfast eaters actually tuck in fewer calories throughout the day than those who miss the meal. For a breakfast on the run, pair a banana with a cup of plain yogurt topped with granola, or a piece of toast with peanut butter.

Pencil in your workouts. You schedule your classes, so why not schedule your workouts? Take a look at your class schedule, and block out time to hit the gym, go for a run, or stop by a studio class at your university athletic center. If your day fills up quickly, try an early morning workout. Research shows that morning exercisers are more consistent than those who hit the gym later in the day.

Video: No time to go to the gym? Try this workout that you can do from your dorm room