By Gregory Gammill |Staff Writer|
Every new college student has heard of the infamous ‘Freshman 15’ and all the negativity that comes with it.
It is said that 15 pounds is supposed to be the average weight gained for all first-time college students within their first year, but is that really the truth we are being fed?
“Freshman 15 is a myth: I only gained 5 pounds my freshman year. Weight gain is common in college, you’re going to be just fine,” stated Angelica Foronda.
Incoming freshman will not actually gain a staggering 15 pounds of extra weight like the myth claims they will.
Former alumni and a current Registered Dietitian at Kaiser Permanente Riverside, Kari Duenas, and Foronda, of the California health care facility, gave an inside look at ways to avoid gaining weight in the first year.
“Keep active and limit intake of convenience/processed foods. These foods contain little to no nutritional value,” stated Duenas.
As a student, I know the stresses that we encounter as college students and the appetite that comes along with it.
Incoming and current freshmen should bring lunch to school or bring healthy alternatives to snack on.
“Small handful of nuts, fruits/veggies, yogurt and a grilled chicken lettuce wrapped are good sources of healthy nutrition,” added Duenas.
The rookies and vets of the campus should be more aware of what they consume so that all these “myths” of freshmen 15 can fade away.