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Freshman Fifteen: Did You Gain Weight Your First Year of College?

Did You Gain the Freshman 15?

College dorms and dining halls all around the country are opening their doors to incoming freshmen. Newfound freedom and increased stress combined with the all-you-can-eat buffet of many dining halls can spell weight gain for students new to campus life. While the phrase freshman 15 may just be an alliterative spin on the number of pounds, a bit of weight gain seems inevitable the first year at college. Get nostalgic for your university days and tell me if you gained weight your first year in the dorms.

If you're just heading to school, read up on my tips for avoiding the freshman 15.

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SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
I lost 10 pounds. Like another girl stated, my parents ate fast food for dinner a lot and then I'd have a few cookies for "dessert" growing up. In college I chose better foods in the dining hall, but the BIG thing was I had a free gym membership at a beautiful health club on campus!! Who wouldn't want to run on the state-of-the-art treadmills, jog around the track which was above the five basketball courts (so I could watch boys).. and there were so many areas for weights I didn't need to lift my 10-lb dumbbells next to big hunk who slams his bar on the ground. Not to mention the 90-person hot tub and outdoor tanning area with comfy chairs. It was an awesome time.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I lost 10 pounds from stress and social life
nutrihuney nutrihuney 7 years
i lost weight both my freshman and sophomore years - i chalk it up to all the walking I had to do from the parking lots to the blgs for class. i was mostly sedentary in high school so the extra walking 5 days a week really helped in the weight loss department
becky0125 becky0125 7 years
i came into freshman year very underweight, stayed low, then gained it all back sophomore year. it wasn't the end of the world.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
I actually just wrote an article about the freshman 15 and how to try and navigate the dining hall here:
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 7 years
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I became a vegetarian and I lost 15 pounds.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
I maintained freshman and sophomore year (top o' the hill!) but gained once I moved into the house junior/senior year.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Nope, I lost the freshman 15 (in a good way, as my family had overeating issues). Truthfully, when I moved away for college, I made better eating decisions, and became healthier. I never looked back.
guavajelly guavajelly 7 years
ha! more like the freshman 60, yeah i'm not proud (and i'm still in uni)
amber512 amber512 7 years
I gained quite a bit more than 15. I was finally able to what I wanted, wheneer I wanted! But thankfully, since then I have lost over 90.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I lost a couple of pounds my freshman year (lived on top of a KILLER hill) then gained it back and then some sophomore year (lived at the bottom of the hill, right next to the dining hall). :/ But I've more than made up for that this past semester/summer--I've lost nearly 15 pounds. :) Putting me BELOW where I started college! yay!
graldi19 graldi19 7 years
i gained about 10 lbs, but then went to lose about 30 and i've kept it off :)
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
more like a Freshman 30
elramos elramos 7 years
I actually lost around 15 pounds my freshman year.
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 7 years
I lost weight freshman year, and was so proud of myself that I made up for it with gaining what I had lost back, plus 5 during sophomore year.
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 7 years
I gained the freshman 50!
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