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When it comes to weight loss, there's no lack of fad diets promising fast results. But such diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and tend to fail in the long run.

The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't about short-term dietary changes. It's about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses.

Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age.

Research tells us that students who have a healthy weight and lifestyle often report more energy, better sleep, less stress and greater self-esteem. Losing weight and modifying existing lifestyle patterns can be challenging, but we are here to support you. So let’s get started!

Nutrition Tips and Healthy Eating

Fitness Tips

  1. Be Consistent. This can be difficult with a college student’s schedule, but consistency is important to make the exercise a habit.
  2. Follow an Effective Exercise Routine. A combo of strength training and cardio to boost metabolism, build muscle, and lose fat.
  3. Set Realistic Goals. College students are busy. Try to set a goal that you can achieve with a little determination.
  4. Use the Buddy System. It’s always helpful to find another person to exercise with to enjoy the time and to keep each other accountable.
  5. Make Your Plan Fit Your Life. Lots of options exist to get moving more…maybe you prefer the gym, maybe you prefer to walk instead of taking the bus at campus, maybe you join a yoga class, maybe you do exercise videos at home. Find which options work best for you.
  6. Be Happy. Pick activities that you enjoy doing!
  7. Be Patient. Even the most diligent person will have ups and downs, setbacks and victories. Keep trying and don’t give up.

Advice from WebMD here.