Fighting the Post-Grad 15?
There's plenty of information on the Web and elsewhere about fighting the Freshman 15, those pesky extra pounds that some first-year college students pack on as they adjust to dining-hall food and other exigencies of campus life.
But there's not much out there about what happens to folks' eating and exercise habits as they move from campus life to the real world. As I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, that transition can prove tricky, especially for student athletes whose sports careers are coming to a close. While many college students may learn to eat healthfully along the way, regulating their food intake and physical activity on their own or with the help of campus resources, college football players in particular are required by the demands of their sport to maintain a certain weight. They get accustomed to eating a lot to fuel themselves through practices and games. But when the games end, the eating sprees often continue, and the young people wind up overweight.
I was no athlete in college (far from it!), but I had my share of trouble adjusting my eating and exercise habits after college. My problem stemmed from my having consumed mostly pizza and beer for four years; when I graduated, I was surprised to find that's not considered a healthy diet. On top of that, I didn't find an easy replacement for walking all over campus, and it took me some time to learn to incorporate exercise into my life.
There's a brand new crop of grads coming to grips with life after college. My best advice to them, in terms of diet and nutrition, would be NOT to follow my lead by continuing the beer-and-pizza diet through grad school and beyond.
I'm throwing this out to you, readers: What nutrition advice would you offer a new college graduate? Let me know in the comments, but first, take the poll!
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