So, it’s only normal that as first years you gain weight like craaaayzeh. So, here are some tips on how I managed to not gain weight in the first few months of uni! (I only gained weight when i went to the states. CURSE YOU, STATES..for having all the good and amazing food.)
1. Always drink water. Water doesn’t only help keeps you full but it helps regulate your metabolism! Plus, most of the time when hunger hits, it’s because you’re dehydrated.
2. Note the difference between feeding your body and feeding your ego.
we tend to take food as anti-depressants instead of fuel to our body. Difference to note here is that when your body needs food, you can eat basically anything to feel full, but when you’re feeding your ego, you’ll start reaching for high calories, fattening food such as muffins, cakes, fried nuggets, burgers, etc.
3. Buy fresh vegetables, meats and healthy snacks. If you stock up on chocolates and chips, you’re bound to finish them. You’re living alone now, everything that goes into your kitchen WILL inevitably end up in YOUR stomach.
4. Buy fruits! Fruits may be high in natural sugar, but they are high in vitamins and minerals as well. Don’t forget that. Just, dont go overboard.
One apple a day keeps the doctor away.
5. Baking your own healthy snacks. Opt for whole wheat flour, almond flour or coconut flour when baking. They contain higher nutritional value and is actually good for you! Most white carbs start with flour that has been ground and refined by stripping off the outer layer, where the fiber is located and therefore is very low in any sort of nutrients whatsoever.
6. Reach for whole wheat instead of white. Yes, if you’re going to eat carbs, go for brown instead of white. Simple as that!
Switch the Whites for Browns.
7. Cut off your diet cokes/sodas. They’re not doing you any good. Also, as freshers we tend to party more often which results in us consuming tons of alchohol. My advice? Limit yourself to one party a week.
8. As students, you rarely have time to cook up a storm, unless it’s an occasion with friends. This is when the handy-dandy oven comes into play. it’s so easy and so underused, just season your meat/vegetables the night before (if you want) and pop it into the oven to bake for roughly 30-40 minutes. During that time, you can do your work or do some cleaning or even your laundry.
9. Bake your own goods. I know how tempting it is to pass by a patisserie and salivate at the sight of a muffin or cake. So, why not put yourself to the work and give it a go? Baking is so easy and it helps relieves stress!
10. Remember to hit the gym or even workout in your room! I began doing insanity when i quit my gym! It takes a lot of determination if you’re working out alone. but, remember it’s all worth it!
11. Take up a dance class or even kickboxing. (: Commit yourself to at least three hours a week of exercising. That’s not alot to ask for now, is it?
12. Walk or cycle to class. Where i study, I basically walk up and down the hill to get to my classes which gives me extra cardio everyday errday! 😛
13. Portion our your food! If you’re cooking a whole lot of food to store in the fridge as leftovers, remember to put the rest into a tupperware. That way, you won’t reach for it once you’re done with what’s on the plate.
14. Going out is fun, but remember to fuel your body with right nutritions. Go for grilled chicken instead of grilled baby back ribs. Ditch the sauces on your salad and opt for a fresh dressing such as balsamic vinegar and olive oil instead. Thousand island sauce may be delicious but it’s probably one of the highest calorie food you’ll ever take. That goes for mayo as well.
15. Protein protein protein. If you’re gonna work out, you’re gonna need protein to help repair your muscles! You can have chicken, turkey, any source of lean meat or even low fat dairy products such as greek yoghurt or cottage cheese.
16. Learn to love food that are good for you. I know during my first year in the UK, I’ve learnt to love plenty of new food that wasn’t in my diet for 19 years of my life. Give new foods a try, who knows? it may even turn out to be one of your favourites at the end of the day!
17. Simple meals to go. When heading for class, grab a banana to go or even a rye cracker just in case you get hungry!
18. if you feel hungry, don’t starve yourself. once your body enters starvation mode, it tend to store more fats once you begin eating again.
19. Workout with a friend! the motivation you get from others will keep you inspired and also ensure you finish your workout strong!
20. Do short workouts at home if you’ve got the time. Try out blogilates/fitness blender on youtube! A 10 minutes workout is better than one that never happened!
I really hope my tips will help y’all! (: Theyre just my advice, don’t come running back to me if you gain weight from only following a few of them. You need to commit yourself in order to achieve results!
Just a random selfie ❤