Losing Weight on a College Schedule

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rsnyder9

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Posted: 17 Dec 2008, 20:29
Greetings all!

Currently I am a student and I am finding it extremely difficult to find the time to eat let alone eat 5-6 small meals per day like many people on this forum have suggested. I usually only eat 2 meals a day and often skip breakfast and eat late at night (after 10 pm). I believe I can attribute my weight gain over the past semester to my sporadic eating habits. Furthermore, I still live in the dorms so the food available to me via meal plan has lackluster options at best. Is there any good meal replacement bars or drinks low in WW points? Furthermore, does anyone have any secrets/tips to share on how to eat healthier in the dorms?

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Posted: 17 Dec 2008, 20:59
I am wondering since you are skipping breakfast, are you really hungry at lunch and eating too many calories there? It really is important to eat something for breakfast to "break the fast" and get your body back into burning mode. Even just keeping apples around would be good. I would think you can bring some apples back from the cafeteria or buy a bag from the store for pretty cheap. Eat high fiber at every meal if you can- like have a salad with each meal or veggies and a smaller portion of the main dish. As far as portable snacks go, again look for higher fiber, lower sugar things. Good snacks to go are Fiber One granola bar, a TLC honey almond flax chewy granola bar (both are really good and 2 points each), an apple or piece of fruit, a portioned bag of nuts (esp. almonds). I love a little cheese on an apple with almonds and some tea. The WW yogurt is very good too. I would stay away from their other snacks though if you can and try to stick to as much healthy, natural stuff as you can. Just b/c it is "diet" doesn't mean it will fill you up and it can cause more cravings. For nighttime eating, really try to keep your snack down to 2-4 points. Don't let yourself succumb to the late night pizza that is so tempting. If you have a freezer, I would keep a stash of your favorite low cal ice cream snack handy and plan out what you are going to eat so you are prepared and you don't feel guilty for eating it. I also have eaten slowly, sit down for all food, and really paid attention to what I am eating which makes eating feel more satisfying and easier to stop. Hope that helps!
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rsnyder9

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Posted: 18 Dec 2008, 11:07
Wow thanks these are great ideas! I probably am eating too many calories at lunch (when I eat it). Usually I only eat dinner and I know that is really really bad for my body. I have some of the fiber one granola bars. Those are good and always fill me up. I also like the idea about the apples, I can take fruit and some granola bars out of the dining room.



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