How to successfully lose weight in college?
Needless to say, there are more than enough reasons for wanting to lose weight fast, especially when you are in college. And for these very reasons, you’d be motivated to look for the right ways of going about achieving your weight loss goal. Therefore, finding ways to lose weight without having to invest too much time and expense should be your number one goal. Thankfully, the college offers a lot of fitness amenities as well as fitness societies or collectives for students. And since you’ve already paid for such activities according to your fee structure, then you should have no excuse but to join any fitness outfit that tickles your fancy. That said, achieving your goal to lose weight and feel sexy about yourself should be much easier when you are in college than anywhere else. Remember, losing weight naturally through vigorous exercise and proper dieting is usually the best way. This is because when you lose weight naturally through exercise, you will also end up gaining a lot of muscle. And as we all know, muscle is what gives your body proper strength and mobility. Learning a thing or two about proper dieting also goes hand in hand with a proper weight loss program, which also has a plethora of benefits besides weight loss. Just like it is the case with proper exercising, learning, adapting and finally mastering a proper and healthy diet takes a lot of time. Therefore, you’ll also be required to learn how to prepare the foods with healthy additives such as vinegar and other components. Apart from that, understanding the calorie count of the different foods is also important when it comes to losing weight. Without further ado, here are 20 ways college students can successfully lose weight:
1. Lose weight in college by eating healthy
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In as much as this may sound a tad counter-intuitive, ‘eat healthy’ mantra works wonders for people who’d like to lose weight as fast as humanly possible. Skipping meals, on the other hand, is unhealthy and does the opposite of helping you to lose weight. This is because hunger will only make you crave junk food instead of helping you lose weight. You’ll also need to learn how to cook your own meals because giving up unhealthy fast foods should top your list if you want to successfully lose weight in college. I know just how college life can be hectic, leaving one with absolutely no time to cook. But if you are committed to losing weight, then you’ll make time. Being the responsible student that I presume you are, waking up early to cook your healthy morsels shouldn’t really be a biggie. Ask any fitness guru and they’ll tell you that dieting is much more difficult than working out. This is because the early stages of proper dieting usually involve fighting off cravings that are most probably hardwired into your brain and therefore your general behavior. Therefore, it is important to keep reminding yourself that weight loss is way more important than quick gratification. Keep repeating this until it becomes a mantra and nothing will stop you. This will be difficult at first. But always be quick to remind yourself that if other people did it, so can you!
2. Eat less in the evening
Unless you are a witch whose daily activities are only scheduled for nightfall, you’ll need train yourself to eat less before going to bed. I understand that in college, the days are usually as hectic as the nights. But if you want to lose weight, then you’ll either have to cut down partying or give it all up. And if you want to lose weight much faster, then try going vegan but only in the evening. Vegetables are a good source of roughage and will not only increase your metabolism but also prevent the conversion carbs to fat during digestion. In the long run, your body will start burning fat naturally while the easy digestion will help you enjoy longer and more peaceful nights. As you embark on eating less in the evening, you can couple it with engaging in a lot of exercises. This will haste your fat burning and as a result, you’ll end up losing weight as fast and as naturally as possible. Trust me when I say that this is way better and more effective than swallowing pills. I am not saying that taking fat burning pills aren’t effective in weight loss but I’d lying if I don’t admit that they do come with their fair share of side effects. And we don’t want that now do we? Therefore, adopting this kind of healthy lifestyle especially in college requires a lot of rigorous conditioning and sacrifice. But then again, if other people can do it successfully, so can you! the trick is learning to take things a day at a time and you’ll be triumphant!
3. Lose weight in college by eating a hearty breakfast
Your quest to lose weight in college can be a nightmare because the tight and hectic schedule leaves most students with no choice but to acquire bad eating habits. Most of them skip breakfast which is a bad idea because it is the most important meal of the day. What you probably don’t know is that skipping breakfast will make it hard for you to lose weight. This is because skipping breakfast will often result in hunger and fatigue, which are the plausible things that can trigger overeating. And what do you think will be the first thing you’ll eat the moment you get out of class? Yes, junk. Therefore, if you want to lose weight fast, then have some breakfast before going about your day to day activities. This very important meal will give you enough energy to carry you throughout the day while giving you that feeling of fullness that will deprive of the urge to overeat. You might also want to get some useful recipes to help you with making a healthy breakfast. Get some vinegar into your breakfast because it will help increase your fat burning ability by heightening your metabolic rate naturally.
4. Stop binge drinking
I am fully aware that students in college would rather drink and party each and every hour of the day instead of studying. Been there, done that. But if your ultimate goal is to lose weight, then it will be in your best interest to either cut down on your alcohol intake or give it up altogether. This is because too much drinking will not help you lose weight but will do the exact opposite. As fun as binge drinking might be, it always has a way of affecting all the other important aspects of your college life negatively. And that will include your academics. Contrary to common belief, alcohol does not add any value to your body. The only thing it does is make you fat and wobbly. The experts have found that the calories found in alcohol are empty, meaning they don’t benefit the body in any way. The first step in reducing or quitting alcohol intake is by first of all cutting off all of your college buddies who make you drink. Then start looking for ways to focus on losing weight naturally and stick to this path no matter what. You can start by signing up for the school gym. Working out on a regular basis will not only help you lose weight but also help you forge healthy friendships with healthy people. If the gym isn’t your thing, then try either callisthenic or jogging or cycling. What I am trying to say is, there are many fitness activities that you can enjoy while losing weight fast.
5. Lose weight in college by drinking green tea
Apart from eating healthy, exercising and not skipping meals, try drinking green on a regular basis. Green tea and weight loss go hand in hand and the good thing about this “relationship” is that you’ll enjoy the entire process. Experts have also found that regular consumption of green tea will not only hasten the burning of fat in the body of the consumer but will also have a plethora of other health benefits. On top of everything else, drinking green tea is enjoyable. Therefore, whenever you feel like college life isn’t sweet enough; don’t go out drinking yourself to sleep. Just fix yourself a cup of green tea and you’ll do just fine! Another notable green tea “superpower” is its ability to boost brain function. And being an incredibly smart and hardworking college student that you are, I don’t need to emphasize on just how important it is to have your brain operating at its peak and doing so at all time. And just like vinegar, green tea also has the ability to reduce aging and at the same time kill bacterial fast. Most importantly, green tea contains EGCG - a very important component heralded for its unique ability to eradicate free radicals. Apart from being very affordable, green tea can be taken as many times as you wish. Being a naturally occurring tea, green tea doesn’t come with any known side effects. Therefore, if you are trying to lose weight in college, I suggest you get into the habit of drinking green tea instead of alcohol.
6. Turn your dorm into a fitness haven
Your surroundings have a far much greater influence on our day to day lives than we’ll ever know. And for this reason, you’ll have to make your college dorm room as fitness-friendly if your ultimate goal is to lose weight fast. Doing so will not only give you that mood to work out but also serve as a constant reminder of your goal. The good news is you won’t have to spend an arm and a leg in a bid to turn your college dorm into a fitness haven. You can start off by purchasing a skipping rope, some lightweight dumbbells and a yoga matt. Clearing your fridge for any junk food and restocking it with fresher, healthier food will also do you some good as far as achieving your fitness goal is concerned. Apart from getting rid of junk food, you’ll be expected to do the same with alcohol. Once your college dorm is junk-proof, you’ll immediately start losing weight psychologically. And this will automatically motivate you to start losing weight physically through exercise. Always be keen to remember that your journey towards achieving your weight loss goal always starts in your mind. Therefore, you might also want to surround yourself with like-minded individuals. This is because working as a tribe not only makes the process of losing weight much faster but will also make it fun.
7. Lose weight in college by drinking black coffee
Drinking black coffee is another effective way to lose weight naturally. Just like it’s the case with green tea, the more you take black coffee, the more weight you’ll end up losing. It, therefore, goes without saying that incorporating the drinking of black coffee into your daily routine is always a good idea. Care to couple this with regular, vigorous exercise and you’ll definitely achieve your goal of losing weight in college. Unlike other popular commercial coffee brands, a cup of black coffee only carries 2 calories. And besides having the least number of calories per cup, black coffee has been known to promote a much faster metabolic rate. This is because black coffee has the ability to trigger the all-important thermogenesis process. That said, if you drink black coffee, exercise regularly and incorporate vinegar into your daily diet, then you’ll have absolutely lost weight much faster. Finally, black coffee will provide you with enough energy to carry you through the day sans fatigue.
8. Have quality sleep
Having quality sleep in college is easier said than done because most students just want to drink, party and have the time of their lives. But if you want to lose weight and do so at a much faster rate, then it goes without saying that you’ll have to make some compromises. And one of those compromises will be foregoing all the partying and training yourself to go to bed early. At first, this might be difficult but if you are committed to losing weight, then you’ll end up adopting it without any pressure. And if it comes down to it, you’ll have no other choice but to get rid of friends who often pressure you to “live a little”. But before you cut them off, try explaining to them what you are trying to achieve. If they don’t support your dreams to lose weight, then this should absolve you of any guilt that might come with cutting them off. So, why is getting enough sleep so important in the process of losing weight much faster? Well, it’s rather simple. When we have enough sleep, our bodies heal and rebuild. And that’s why after a good night sleep, we always wake up the following morning with enough energy to carry us through the day. We’ll need this kind of energy to exercise and lose weight, fast.
9. Lose weight in college by avoiding soda
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When you are accustomed to binge drinking, you’ll naturally find yourself drinking a lot of soda. Drinking soda might be for leisure purposes or as a chaser. Soda happens to be a huge part of a college student’s life and sadly, the most probable reason why you are unsuccessfully struggling to lose weight. Just like alcohol, soda is infused with a lot of empty calories that only good for one thing - the accumulation of body fat. Therefore, if you’ve been a soda enthusiast your entire life, then you might want to find a fitting alternative. Apart from avoiding soda like a plague, you should also avoid the sugary, over-the-counter juices and their ilk. This is simply because artificial sugar, just like the empty calories in alcohol and soda, will only make you fatter. If sweetness is your proverbial poison, then I’d suggest you make the switch to eating fruits. Natural sweetness will always much better than artificial sweetness on so many levels. And the advantage of eating fruits is that they have nutritive value. So, the next time you happen to feel thirsty, try gulping down a glass of water or a glass of homemade mango or orange juice. And don’t forget to exercise a little, cooking with vinegar a bit more and keeping a positive mind. Do this and your goal to lose weight will be achieved much faster than you had ever anticipated.
10. Walk more
Technology has taken incredible strides over the past few years and needless to say, this has made the lives of college student a tad easier. Therefore, instead of walking to and from the library, most students prefer accessing the internet and do all the research from the comfort of their dorm rooms. And still owing it to astonishing advancements in technology, a good chunk of students enjoys taking lifts to classes and riding Ubers to wherever they wish to go. But if you are committed to losing some weight, then I’d suggest foregoing some of these luxuries and choosing to go old school from time to time. For instance, instead of the comfortable Uber rides, you and your college friends can choose to go for a long walk to the Mall. Even better, you can adopt an evening’s walk program at the end of every single day. As insignificant as a ten-minute walk might seem, you’ll always end up burning a few calories and staying fit. Walking is also a good way for you to kick-start your fat burning mission. The beauty of adapting the evening or morning walks is that you’ll end up losing a significant amount of weight without taking the punishment. P/S: If walking alone is a challenge, then don’t hesitate to ask a couple of your closest college friends to tag along. As the dictum goes - the more the merrier!
11. Lose weight in college by eating less
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Another incredibly easy trick you can employ in your quest to lose weight fast is eating less per seating. The human body only needs a specific amount of food at that particular time. This means that anything extra will always be stored as fat reserves. Anything more than the above will be passed as fecal matter. Therefore, the best way of getting rid of the weight as fast and as naturally as possible is by eating smaller portions of your food. You can supplement the small intakes of food per meal by simply increasing the number of meals you have in a day. This is the same trick bodybuilders employ to use up all the nutrients from their nutritious meals without running the risk of gaining unwanted weight. It would, therefore, make sense if you also use this effective method to lose weight both naturally and effortlessly. In addition to this rather smart meal hack, always remember that any form of exercise is good exercise. Combining your new eating habits with a new, healthy diet (especially with vinegar in it) and rigorous exercise is what will make you lose weight much more effectively.
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Let’s just be honest for a second. In as much as hitting the gym seems like the incredible idea when it comes to losing weight, we can all agree that it’s not meant for everyone. But just because you aren’t excited about going to the gym doesn’t mean you can’t exercise and end up losing weight. One of the ways you can lose weight and do so fast without ever paying a visit to the student gym is through practicing calisthenics. For those of you who don’t know what calisthenics is, it simply is a form of exercise that has one only using his or her body weight to work out. Some of the most popular exercises in calisthenics include pushups, pull-ups, frog jumps and the list goes on and on. The upside with engaging in body weight exercises is that you won’t really have to spend a dime on gym equipment. You can also start working out on your own without the need to find an instructor. You also don’t need a gym since can start doing your bodyweight exercises from the comfort of your dorm. And the more you commit yourself to calisthenics, the better you’ll become. And before you know it, you’ll be losing more weight than you ever anticipated. Feel free to check out some incredibly amazing body weight videos on YouTube and Facebook and start.
13. Lose weight in college by drinking more water
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The average college student prefers a glass of booze over a glass of water. But if you want to lose weight, then it would be in your best interest to not be the average college student. And not being the average college student will require that you prefer to choose to drink a glass of water over the glass of booze. Drinking clean water has a myriad of benefits. For starters, drinking water on a regular basis has been known to create the feeling of fullness, which will counter your urge to overeat. This way, your body will turn to burning off fat body fat in a bid to supplement its energy needs as fast as possible. And to make sure that this naturally induced weight loss strategy is effective, make sure that you are also exercising from time to time. I know I am sounding like a broken record putting an emphasis on regular exercise. But that’s only because exercising is the most effective way of losing weight naturally.
14. Hit the gym to lose weight
Apart from not skipping meals, consuming healthy foods with vinegar and jogging regularly, hitting the gym shouldn’t be that much of a bad idea. The gym is simply the best place for you to lose weight. This is because the gym has all the equipment you’ll need to not only lose weight but also set a proper foundation for building muscle. A lot of college students are into the fitness lifestyle. This means that when you visit the gym, you can easily get both help and motivation to lose weight, eat healthily and in the long run gain muscle.
15. Lose weight in college by tracking your progress
A good way to get rid of the excessive weight is tracking your progress. Truth be told, there are countless distractions in college. But if you are keen on losing that weight, then you can start by investing in a weighing machine in your dorm room. This weight machine will help you check your weight after a specific time period of eating clean and working out. Checking your progress is important because the moment you start focusing on the workout and diet, your body will get stronger. And the more strength you’ll have, the further you’ll push yourself and that’s how you’ll end up losing more weight and doing so like a boss. After a while, your body will start transformation will become visible and naturally, you’ll feel hella good about yourself. And that’s when you’ll notice the drastic changes in your body, strength as well as your general mood.
16. Look for a gym partner
Whenever peer pressure comes up, chances are that something negative is about to follow. But who said peer pressure can’t be used for good? The crux of the matter is, you can find a good gym partner and together, influence each other to successfully exercise and lose weight. You and your good friends can also influence each other to adopt healthy diets. For instance, you can exchange ideas about healthy foods such as avocado, vinegar and how to successfully incorporate them into your daily meals. That said, the moment you decide on finding a good person who wants to lose weight just like you, then the entire process will be a tad easier. Thankfully, there are plenty of college students who’ll gladly jump onto your fitness bandwagon and all you’ve got to do is ask.
17. Lose weight in college by watching your calories
If you want to focus on losing weight without any distractions, then you’ll have to learn how to watch your calories carefully. And no, you don’t need a babysitter to watch your calories. If you want to do this successfully, all puns aside, then investing in an affordable calorie counter will be a good place to start. Thankfully, you can also access free calorie counters online. You can also count your calories manually if you can’t access one online. Note that when you know the number of calories you take per meal as well as those you burn during your rigorous workout, you’ll easily get the motivation to keep on keeping on.
18. Avoid bad carbs
Just like sugar, there are carbs that are classified as good and others that are classified as bad. Good carbs occur naturally and they include whole grains, vegetables, and the list goes on and on. Bad carbs, as you might have suspected, are fashioned from processed foods. You can find the bad carbs in donuts, refined rice, and flavored yogurt. In short, any refined carbs qualify as bad carbs, meaning that their regular consumption will always end up hurting your goal to lose weight. Therefore, you should strive to be as disciplined in your dieting as you are when it comes to your rigorous exercise/workout regime. This means you should always strive to keep your consumption of refined carbs on the down low, that is, if you can’t get rid of them completely. Also, you can turn to consuming other healthy carbs and foods such as whole grains, vinegar, proteins and so on.
19. Lose weight in college by eating more fiber
As earlier mentioned, most college students who struggle with weight loss do so because of two things: Its either they adopted bad eating habits or secondly, they have shitty eating partners. Therefore, if you are a smart college student who wants to lose weight nattily, then you might want to change your eating habits and patterns and diet. And one way you can switch your diet for the better is by eating more fibers. A fibrous diet is an important aspect of weight loss because it helps keep you full at all times. The feeling of fullness will translate to fewer fridge visitations. You can get enough fiber from beans, wheat bread, and prunes just to mention a few.
20. Avoid candy
In order to lose weight as fast and as naturally as possible, then you’ll have no other choice but to avoid eating sweets! Sweets, as you might have already guessed, have a lot of artificial sugar. And this means the more sweets you eat, the more “empty calories” get stored in your body in the form of fat. And the worst thing about fat from the empty calories is that it doesn’t have any nutritive value. That said, the moment you feel like adding some sweetness into your life, try an apple or a mango instead of a candy bar. And don’t forget throwing some pushups or any other form of exercise for dessert.
In conclusion, there are plenty of ways to lose weight in college and doing so much faster than expected. But before anything else, you’ll have to make the decision and never look back. Losing weight is easier said than done especially for a college student. For starters, there is a lot of negative peer pressure as well as distractions in college. But that doesn’t mean you can’t overcome all of these setbacks and achieve your fitness goals. The first step to overcoming will involve rigorous exercising and surround yourself with positively charged individuals. It also goes without saying that adopting a healthier diet will give you incredible results within a short period of time. You’ll also be expected to learn how to add vinegar to your daily meals, eating in small portions and increasing the number of times you eat in a day. Do all the above and you will end up losing weight within the shortest time possible, turning your dream into a reality. Good luck!