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Many of us have heard of the "Freshman 15"-increased weight one experiences upon entering the college setting. While it is commonly stated that this weight gain is caused by an increase in food intake or beer consumption, most often it isn't. The hormone cortisol (released when one becomes stressed) may be the true reason. To avoid packing on the pounds, try to relieve stress in healthy ways such as exercising, managing your time wisely, and getting adequate sleep.
Contributed by Amanda Slater
Not every body cringes at the site of a few more pounds when they step on a scale. I jump for joy when I see those numbers go up. There are many different reasons why people struggle gaining weight, and are too small. Just two of those are cystic fibrosis and a fast metabolism. I have cystic fibrosis. I have been on a 4,000 calories (at least) diet my entire life and have been under the 25th percentile in my weight almost my entire life as well. Some ways to help gain weight are 1) Eat or drink something high calories right before bed. While you are asleep you burn the least amount of calories, so if you eat right before you go to bed the calories have some time to turn to fat before you body gets up and going, burning those precious calories away in the morning. My choice drink are Ensures. A delicious, nutritious, 360 calories right before bed. 2) Snacks! Some people eat 2 or 3 meals a day. If you need to gain weight you should be eating 3 big meals and at least 3 snacks during the day. My choice snack is either fruit with some sort of dip (caramel, peanut butter, etc.) or a smoothie, with ice cream of course. 3) Oddly enough, work out. Muscle weighs more than fat, therefore the more you work out, the more muscle you gain, the more muscle you gain the more you weigh. Only if you are increasing your calorie intake of course. Lastly, remember you can eat a lot of calories and still eat healthy. Just because you want or need to gain weight does not mean your food needs to be unhealthy or fatty. Still watch the amount of sweets and highly saturated foods you intake.k
Contributed by Cortney Twila Houston