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    I've started university this year and I have become so unhealthy. I always eat junk food and have cravings for pizza and takeaways all of the time. I don't have time to exercise and I seem to eat and drink "socially" ie I will share food with groups of friends. I wouldn't say I was "fat" but I am gaining weight and its getting me down as I have always been quite fit and healthy. Has anyone else experienced problems like this at uni??
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    Stop eating junk food.

    Make time to exercise.If you have time to eat loads you have time to exercise.

    I haven't experienced this.In fact,I lost 9lbs since I got here.But then again, I go to the gym and I watch what I eat.

    If you eat crap you gain weight,so there's no point complaining about it.
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    I really thought I would. Everyone warned me that I'd be living off pasta and bread and would turn into some kind of heffer (not that I'm some kind of pixie now..). So I've been making a real effort. For snacks and things I'v turned to homous and cucumber, and I try to have salad with stuff and not buy biscuits and that kind of thing. I ate like a pig at home but I find that now I'm cooking for myself and buying my own food it's much easier not too. And amazingly all that crap about how good you'll feel is totally true. I haven't had time to go to Tescos this week so I've been living off crap and I really can feel the difference.

    Ever seen Supersize Me? Not that I'm saying that's like you - but remember how at the beginning he didn't even like MacDonalds and then he started craving it, even when he was throwing it up? If you eat junk food all the time, you will crave it, and the more you eat the more you will crave it. Vicious cycle.
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    I'm so healthy now I'm at uni! I love going to the gym (v cheap student membership) and I eat lovely meals every day. Try cooking big nutritious meals for you and your flatmates. Plenty of veg from the market or something. That's what we all do for each other. It's nice eating with others plus if you've cooked it you know it's not rubbish like a takeaway.
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    I think I've probably gained weight too there are so many good places to eat here and I live about thirty seconds from an icecream parlour open till midnight Snacking is more the problem for me -- walking past cookie places on the way to lectures -- I try to make sure my meals are fairly healthy. Haven't got any scales though so I can't tell for sure, I may get a shock when I go home :eek:
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    I joined the rowing club as soon as I got here, and they do some pretty hardcore training so luckily I'm not gaining weight despite my new addiction to tesco value super noodles!! I find it harder to eat healthily here than at home, cos fresh fruit and veg is fairly expensive and it involves trekking to tesco's :eek: Also it's so easy to just eat crap when you can't be bothered to cook...
    But if I were you, I'd try to get a bit of exercise, if nothing else it will release those famous endorphins and at least you won't feel guilty about eating junk.
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    i am so pleased that there is no way of weighing myself here. and that there are no full length mirrors in my accommodation.

    uni is so unhealthy.
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    try learning to cook, its fun to cook and the experience of cooking and eating what you cook is goooood
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    I think i put on about a stone last year, cames as a shock when i dug out some old skirts and they no longer fitted i worked it off over summer, and went totally obsessive over healthy food, but it is hard at uni, when a portion of chips for a pound fill you up nicely! and, im an awful cook. But, my friends and i are on a "must get healthy" drive, so we all kind of encourage each other to go for the healthy option.
    Also, dont get takeaway, especially after a night out when you think youre starving! Opt for an apple instead And, if you spend money on healthy food, then youl be more inclined to eat it .. as youve spent the money on it!
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    Don't go on the pill!

    Avoid the fresher's 15 as that's very dangerous
    http://education.guardian.co.uk/stud...097935,00.html

    It's something the Americans coined as the freshman 15 (as in 15 lbs gained by girls during the first year if they're not careful)

    http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/diet.fitne...shman.fifteen/
    http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH...220/21213.html
    http://www.ehow.com/how_1576_avoid-freshman-15.html
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    (Original post by SamTheMan)
    Don't go on the pill!
    Yeah, because it's so much better to get pregnant during your first year at uni than putting on a little weight. Shut up.

    I think I've actually lost weight since I got here. Suppose everyone's different really. Just try and be sensible.
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    My experience so far, is that I eat MUCH less than I did when I was at home, and although I'm not eating as healthy meals as I was at home, now I'm at uni and budgeting is more of an issue, I eat much less.

    As I mentioned, the quality of my diet isn't fantastic, but I'm much more physically ative than before and try and make it to the gym about 3 times a week.
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    Happened to me last year, though I managed to curb it at about 6lbs, drinking 3 times a week, eating **** meals irregularly and the odd takeaway, also having a social pint every now and again contributed.

    If you want to go through the whole year whilst losing weight/not putting any on you need to make it sustainable, theres no point quiting alcohol if you're only gonna do it for 2 weeks etc. far better to factor it into a long term plan, factor in the occasional takewaway etc.

    Different story for me this year though, currently 8lbs down from when I got to Uni, killing me!
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    I've actually lost weight since I came to uni (2003 - how old am I ha ha) and tend to put it back on when I go home for summer. *shrugs*
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    When it comes to drinking, it's hideously unhealthy I know, but if we're just going to the pub for an evening, I won't bother drinking - I only do if we're going out. Saves a lot of calories as well as money!

    I also just don't buy snack foods because if they're not there, I can't eat them. Occasional pizza/chinese/curry is nice, but not if it's a regular thing. And I never eat after nights out, I am lucky in that I just don't get the craving.

    Oh, and start rowing
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    I've lost about half a stone since starting uni , dropped a dress size and I haven't joined the gym, its too expensive. My hall of residence is at the top of an hill so I think walking up that everyday burns loads of calories off. Also, here comes some good advice, when you go out drinking, avoid drinking alcopops and beer. They're full of calories. I tend to drink vodka or bacardi and diet coke. They are some of the lowest calorie alcoholic drinks believe it or not. Found out from my mum who's lost 4 stone in the last 5 months. I guess dancing in clubs while out has helped me burn the calories off too, lol. I can't even dance but give it a go anyway. If you see my dancing you'll be shocked :eek: , lol

    Actually, I have been trying to eat healthly but do eat fastfood occassionally to be honest. Another good way to keep the pounds off is to use skimmed milk in tea/coffee and on your cereal.
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    Keeping motivated is tough.

    A good idea is to try going for a short walk/jog if you feel the need to eat some junk, then when you get back take a nice drink of water, usually does the trick
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    (Original post by gemma123)
    I've started university this year and I have become so unhealthy. I always eat junk food and have cravings for pizza and takeaways all of the time. I don't have time to exercise and I seem to eat and drink "socially" ie I will share food with groups of friends. I wouldn't say I was "fat" but I am gaining weight and its getting me down as I have always been quite fit and healthy. Has anyone else experienced problems like this at uni??
    Try setting yourself a 'must do task' and eat an healthy lunch, meal, snack everyday. You can have pizza as well but just limit the amount and make sure you have something healthy with it. ie fruit, salad.
 
 
 
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