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If you’re concerned about coming out of college 15 pounds heavier than when you went in, then join the thousands of other students looking for a way to stay healthier their freshman year. Going away to college is a great opportunity to learn new things, but with no parents leaning over your shoulder making sure you eat healthy, you can easily pick up more than a few pounds.

If you’re going away to Pepperdine University and would like to keep your thin frame, then adhere to the following tips!

  1. Don’t Binge Drink

We all know what happens on college campuses across the nation. This is the time to be an adult and many feel staying out later, partying and drinking is a part of that. Don’t give in to the peer pressure to drink heavily, or at all, especially if you’re under 21 years old. Not only is beer bad for you, it also packs a lot of calories.

On average, one can of beer has 150 calories. Having five or six of these in one night puts you at around 1,000 calories. Then add on top of that the different snacks you’ll be munching on at the party. It only takes 3,500 calories to gain one pound of fat.

  1. Get Yourself a Partner or Two

Health goals are easier to achieve when you have friends on the path with you. You can be each other’s motivation. When one falls off track, the other will be there to put them back on. Do everything together, like working out, cooking and eating meals and just hanging out. It’s a good idea to create some type of fitness plan to help steer your goals. You’ll notice your workouts will go much faster when you have buddies alongside you.

  1. Stay Away from Fad Diets

It’s tempting to get on the cabbage soup diet or South Beach diet because you’ve seen results of people on Instagram. But the reality is that fad diets oftentimes fail because people stop after they reach their goals. You should think of your eating habits like a lifestyle, rather than a diet. Eating healthy all the time will ensure you always remain a healthy weight. It sure beats having to count calories!

  1. Join a Sports Club

Most colleges have multiple sports clubs and recreational sports you can participate in. Try signing up to one or two to keep yourself moving throughout your college career. You don’t have to be an athlete to join either. You can train and get into fitness shape. You can try wrestling, boxing, track, swimming, tennis or volleyball. Find out what sports clubs are available at the school you’re attending.

  1. Drink Lots and Lots of Water

This is one of the most important of all health tips you’ll carry with you to college. Water is how your body naturally detoxes itself of toxins and fats. This is one of the ways veggies and fruits work at shedding excess weight – they’re filled with water. So simply taking down 8 glasses of water a day can help keep the fat away!