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Don't deny it: Your college diet contains more pizza and beer than fruits and water. And you wonder where that weight gain comes from! Don't worry - you can still enjoy college food favorites without sacrificing your figure.
Transcript: You know you shouldn't binge on pizza-but did you know that a so-called "healthy" trip to the salad bar...
You know you shouldn't binge on pizza-but did you know that a so-called "healthy" trip to the salad bar could still be packing over 1,000 calories? It's hard enough to eat healthy on campus, but when bad foods masquerade as good ones, it can make it hard for even the most dedicated dieter to eat smart. Here are some common college food traps to avoid. Let's look at the salad bar: If you include a little breaded chicken, five ounces will add 290 calories to your plate. Throw on tasty toppers like 2 tablespoons of bacon, _ cup of cheese, and _ cup of croutons and you've got another 250 calories. Top it all off with a ladle of creamy ranch dressing, and guess what? You're dressing has over 380 calories, as many as in a medium order of fries at McDonalds! You can keep that same salad to a mere 500 calories by choosing grilled chicken and limiting yourself to just one or two satisfying extras, like nuts and goat cheese. Finish up with an olive oil vinaigrette-its 90 calories of healthy omega-3 fats will keep you full longer. Ramen noodles, which are ubiquitous on most college campuses, are another common food trap. Skip the Ramen, which pack on 370 calories, and choose one can of chicken noodle soup instead, which has just 120 calories. Ordering take-out tonight? If you're getting Chinese, beware the 880 calories in one small order of orange chicken with a cup of rice! Go lighter with something like mushroom chicken and you can save yourself 400 calories. Or, if pizza is on the menu, skip the regular crust, pepperoni pizza. Instead, choose thin-crust veggie pizza and you can also have a side salad, two chocolate chip cookies and a light beer for the same calorie count! It's easy to eat the foods you like and maintain your pre-freshman figure, you just need to be smart about it.More »
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Calories in alcohol? Yep! If you didn't know that the effects of alcohol and every night drinking lead to more than a buzz, listen in for straight talk on another result of boozing it up--the beer gut.
Transcript: They call it a "beer belly" for a reason - although it might not be the reason you think.Conventional...
They call it a "beer belly" for a reason - although it might not be the reason you think.Conventional wisdom says that alcohol causes weight gain because the calories you drink are stored in the body as fat. In reality though, only 5-percent of what you take in stays in your body. But excessive drinking does lead to weight gain, and that's primarily because the body converts alcohol into acetate. Acetate is actually a source of energy, which your body can use to fuel itself. The problem is that when acetate is being utilized for energy, fat is not - as a result, the fat remains in the body. Therefore, the more alcohol you drink, the more acetate your body will have to burn, and the less stored fat it will use. When your body utilizes acetate as energy, it causes your blood sugar to spike. The resulting blood sugar crash, in turn, makes you ravenous.Add in the fact that alcohol lowers your inhibitions about eating, and you've got a recipe for weight gain disaster. The only real way to prevent this is to drink in moderation, which most define as one or two drinks daily. But, if you're not willing to limit your alcohol intake, at least stick to lighter calorie options. For instance, a 12-ounce beer has about 150 calories, while a 12-ounce light beer has 120. ...and you can swap that 4-ounce margarita for a similarly sized mojito and save yourself 200 calories. Or, just stick to 5-ounce glasses of wine, which have about 100 calories each. These tips can help you to enjoy your alcohol-without ending up with a beer belly.More »
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If you're in college or headed that way, there's no doubt that you've heard horror stories about the freshman 15. Luckily, you don't have to go on a crazy diet to avoid weight gain. Instead, follow our rules for a yummy, but healthy, college diet.
Transcript: You've heard horror stories about gaining weight when you go to college. Is the "freshman fifteen" real?...
You've heard horror stories about gaining weight when you go to college. Is the "freshman fifteen" real? Because so many students gain weight rapidly during their first year of college, the phenomenon has been given a name - the "freshman fifteen" - which refers to the number of pounds these students gain during their freshman year. However, new studies show that the freshman fifteen is really more like the freshman eight. Most students tend to gain this eight or so pounds within the first three semesters of college. But eight pounds is still an unhealthy amount to gain in a single year, and students who are overweight in college are more likely to be overweight as adults. Also, these individuals are at greater risk to develop type-2 diabetes. So why is unhealthy weight gain such a frequent phenomenon among younger college students? Some of the factors are obvious, such as a huge variety of food choices in dining halls, and a lack of parental influence over which foods are consumed. Students also eat on a less regular schedule, and are more likely to "dine and dash," or to graze on unhealthy snacks stowed in the dorm. For example, the vast majority of college freshman who were active in high school sports don't compete at the college level. The late night studying and partying contribute as well, both because additional meals and snacks are consumed, and because the body's metabolism slows when it doesn't get sufficient rest. Add in the fact that alcohol consumption may double the number of calories a student consumes daily, it's not surprising that most collegiates gain weight. it's not surprising that most collegiates gain weight. It is possible to sidestep the freshman fifteen, however. The first step to doing so is being aware of why it happens and taking steps to avoid the weight gain.More »
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