The “Freshman 10” (or 15, or 20) is a common problem for college students. With all-you-can-eat dining halls, late night pizza runs, and more access to beer than ever before, it’s hard not to put on weight – but it’s not impossible. Use the tips below as a guide to eating healthy while you are away at school.

Focus on what you should eat, not what you shouldn’t.

Instead of making an effort to eliminate junk foods from your diet, focus on adding good foods such as lean protein, whole grains, and fresh vegetables. The rest will take care of itself without seeming so torturous.

Don’t drink your calories.

An easy first step you can take in your journey to eating healthy is to cut back on sodas and juices. Most of these are loaded with sugar and empty calories. Having a glass of milk with your meals is a much healthier alternative, and make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Fill half of your plate with veggies first.

When making your daily laps around the dining hall, the first thing you should do is fill half of your plate with vegetables. Then focus on finding a lean source of protein and some whole grains to complete your meal.

Keep your dorm stocked with (healthy) snacks.

Always keep healthy snack options in your dorm room such as fruits, granola bars, yogurt, and peanut butter. These will help curb your appetite when you don’t have time for a full meal, and prevent you from ordering out late at night after the dining halls have closed.

Sneak protein into every meal.

Having a protein source with every meal and snack will not only help you eat healthier, it will keep you full for longer. Some easy ways to do this include adding a couple of eggs to your ramen noodles, eating your crackers with tuna, or smothering your banana with a spoonful of peanut butter.

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