Beating the freshman 15

This summer, some of NYU’s most popular dining halls went through some noteworthy changes.

It is almost impossible to start college without receiving a warning from someone about the dreaded freshman 15. Not every person gains weight, of course, but it is still important to pay attention to your diet. Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy.

Make time to eat

While it is tempting to just grab something quick from the dining halls, this can lead to you eating chicken fingers and fries every day for several weeks. It is always better to sit down and eat a full meal, even during the middle of finals. Maybe bring your textbook with you.

Don’t drink your calories

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As you start college, it is especially important to take note of not only the food on your plate, but also what’s in your glass. While sodas and other drinks are certainly tempting, keep in mind that downing multiple cans a night is the fastest way to gain weight. In short, drink water.

Pace yourself

New York City has a lot of food. While it may seem like a good idea to eat at a different restaurant every night during Welcome Week, remember you have plenty of time to explore the city. This will also be better for your wallet.

A version of this article appeared in the 2014 Food and Fun Guide. Thomas Devlin is copy chief. Email him at [email protected] 

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