After a long day of school, and facing all the assignment
due the next day, finding a pizza coupon in the mailbox can
be a nice surprise. Studying will be less boring with a tasty
snack, we think. Not so. Students need energy in order to function,
but eating while studying is not a good idea. Eating causes
lack of concentration, and when the body’s metabolism
starts working, energy levels drop and we fall asleep. The
best complement to study, guaranteed to keep us awake, is a
cup of coffee or tea.
While multiple coffees during the day may
help us function properly, don’t rely on them alone.
Because of study pressures, many of us develop the bad habit
of skipping breakfast
and even lunch, and passing the day with small snacks and coffee
refills. That kind of diet contains as much fat and as many
calories as a regular meal; however, it doesn’t provide
adequate nutrition or even suppress hunger. As result, we are
more likely to consume greater amounts of food for dinner,
which is the main cause of unwanted weight gain.
Nutritionists recommend having a high-calorie,
nutritious breakfast, a light lunch that will give a boost
for the day and the time
to burn those calories, and a light dinner eaten at least four
hours before going to bed.
Another reason for freshmen’s fast
weight gain is stress. Stress makes us feel hungry, even though
our stomachs are full.
Over eating is often caused by emotional factors: loneliness,
boredom, even a failed diet. Most diet plans fail, and some
that are about eating only one kind of food for weeks are unhealthy.
Eating only meat, or only cabbage, or only low-carbohydrate
food, or taking no sugar at all: these diets might work for
a short period of time, but are very unhealthy. Sugar and other
carbohydrates make our brains function better and provide energy.
College years are the most important time
in our lives, at least so far. These years will be the key
to our futures, so
we should take care of our body and feed it properly. Not doing
so, overeating, or starving to lose weight, will cause problems
both physically and emotionally. It will make us crave what
we don’t need and cause us to be depressed when we put
more weight, and that will cause us to eat more, and so on,
in a vicious cycle.
And avoid all those weight-loss products
that are available with or without a prescription, such as
diet pills, slimming
shakes, and slimming patches. These products guarantee that
people can eat whatever they want, and still lose weight fast.
If a product could actually do that, it would destroy our metabolisms
and digestive systems.
These products are not without their uses,
however. They can speed up the metabolism, and give us more
energy, when used
as supplements with a proper diet and exercise program. However,
their help is so slight they are not worth spending money on.
So, if you are gaining weight, or struggling
with to reduce weight, don’t panic. Achieving a normal
and desirable weight is not about taking pills, or starving.
For good physical
and mental health, we should make a healthy diet plan for our
life- style and reduce stress. Maintain a balanced diet, and
eat at least three meals a day. Weight loss will be slower
but healthier. And our brains will function better.