Eating To Avoid The Freshman 15
Eating To Avoid The Freshman 15
Hawley Almstedt (Professor, Loyola Marymount University) gives expert video advice on: Does dining hall food cause weight gain?; How can I make smart food choices in the dining hall?; How can I control my portion size in the dining hall? and more...
Does dining hall food cause weight gain?
ining hall food absolutely not cousing weight gain. Dining hall food can be a perfectly helpful source of dietary intake. It's about the choices that we make using the dining hall and eating on campus. Sometimes dining halls present a lot of challenges because there maybe a lack of variety. Nine months eating at the same location can get a little old. And so we might be forced to make some maybe not so great choices. Students who focus on moderating, maybe not the so healthful choices but increasing fruit and vegetable intake can definitely find healthful choices at the dining hall.
Do I need to count calories to avoid the Freshman 15?
I never recommend counting calories. Counting calories can lead to restrictive and obsessive eating behaviors that are often detrimental. So I recommend making small healthful places, one small change per day, one small change per week they can over it after time that can lead to maybe a little bit of white glass and avoid that Freshman 15 all together.
Are carbs to blame for the Freshman 15?
No absolutely not. The carbohydrates are not to blame for the freshman 15. Carbohydrates are an important part of dietary intake. If someone is very physically active they're going to need as little as 45 percent of their calories coming from carbohyrdates. But for people that are very active, they might need as much as 65 percent of their energy coming from carbohydrates. Carbohydrates really fuel excercise and so are a necessary dietary component. Where people get in trouble is when they're not meeting their excercise patterns, they're over consuming carbohyrdrates in comparison to how active they are. Simple carbohydrates, simple sugars, monosaccharides, and disaccharides can add a lot of calories to someone's dietary intake and provide a lot of nutrient value. And so avoiding simple sugars while focusing on complex carbohydrates is a good idea.
If I avoid eating fat, will I avoid the Freshman 15?
Avoiding fat is not the answer to avoiding the freshman 15. Healthy fat intake is an important component of a healthy diet. Healthy fats are liquid at room temperature. They are unsaturated. If you're reading food labels look for unsaturated fats. Oils, like in salad dressings are healthful sources for maintaining your health so that you can make the necessary metabolic components inside your body. Dietary fat is an important part of every healthy diet.
Can vitamin supplements help me avoid the Freshman 15?
Taking a Multi Vitamin may be a good part of anybody's dietary approach. The Multi Vitamins are important but they're not going to prevent or contribute to weight gain. Those micro nutrients are needed to maintain metabolism at normal levels. They are not providing calories, so they are not going to contribute to weight gain.