By Diana Gomez
Belle Glade Campus Reporter
College students are constantly worried about their body images and their perceived imperfections. Constantly, students are thinking of ways to improve their look.
While some people have issues with figuring out what make-up to wear, or what color to dye their hair; who are less fortunate, may have bigger
problems to deal with. They are the ones who are fighting a battle with the
These individuals are always worrying about their weight and “watching” what they eat. They find the healthy way of losing weight to be difficult and may resort to drastic measures, such as bulimia or weight loss pills, that may negatively affect their well being.
Although you may find that losing weight is a hard task, it is not impossible. It can be done. Here are a few quick tips from the experts at WebMD
that may help you lose those extra pounds.
- First, make sure you have a scale at home— it’s important to weigh
yourself so you can know if you are at a plateau or increasing in weight.
- Always eat breakfast— it is the most important meal of the day. It
increases your metabolism and you eat less for the remainder of the day.
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, protein. They will fill you up and
help to push aside those high calorie foods.
- Avoid carbohydrates such as white rice, noodles and white bread. These
carbs tend to digest quickly and make you hungry faster. They spike your blood
sugar and keep you wanting more.
- Eat smaller meals throughout the day—six small but frequent meals
will increase your metabolism.
- Avoid eating after 6 p.m. The body’s metabolism slows as the body
prepares for sleep and food eaten later in the day is slowly metabolized and
stored as fat.
- Be a detective with food labels—check
the labels to see if the calories are per serving or for the entire package.
- Be active—try to walk at least 30 minutes each day or at least three
times per week.
- Beware of liquid calories—drink more
water instead. Water fills you up, helps decrease the urge to eat and flushes
toxins from your system.
- Hopefully, with these tips in your arsenal, you will be better
equipped to drop those extra pounds and fit into those skinny jeans hiding in
the back of your closet.
Palm Beach State’s four campus locations have Wellness/Fitness Centers that offer services
to students, staff and faculty at no cost. Visit http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/x466.xml to see
normal operating hours for your campus!