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How to Lose the Freshman 15

Every college student dreads those three little words. Here's how to lose the weight without losing your social life.


  • : While this video is awesome, it didn't go to medical school. Always consult your doctor for actual medical advice.
  • Step 1: Eat smarter When it comes to your pizza intake, you're going to have to take drastic action: No pepperoni for breakfast, get veggies on at least one slice a day, and nothing -- not even breadsticks -- after 2 a.m.
  • Step 2: Hit the books Remember the beginning of the semester, when you bought all those big, heavy textbooks? It's time to finally put them to use -- doing curls and overhead presses.
  • TIP: Forget lightweight Shakespeare plays -- go for some power lifting with Econ and O-Chem.
  • Step 3: Plan limited meals That unlimited meal plan you have isn't really a command to eat till you vomit. Try limiting yourself to one entree per meal.
  • Step 4: Break up Breaking up with your high-school sweetheart? That's nothing compared to ending your relationship with the dining hall's soft-serve ice cream machine. Be gentle, but firm.
  • TIP: Avoid the cafeteria entirely for a couple weeks after your split. It'll be easier for both of you.
  • Step 5: Don’t do laundry Doing laundry is, obviously, the very worst thing about college. So put it off. For as long as possible. Carrying that enormous laundry bag to your car -- to drive it home for someone else to do -- will provide an excellent workout.
  • Step 6: Get moving Ditch the video-game console and get a job as the college mascot or streak through the quad. Whatever you do in your free time, keep that bod moving.
  • Step 7: Dash for class Every night, set your alarm for just five minutes before class. Think of all the calories you'll burn while running in sheer panic.
  • FACT: A Cornell University study found that the average college student gains nearly a third of a pound a week their first semester.

You Will Need

  • Iron will
  • Textbooks
  • Moderation
  • Alarm clock

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