How to Avoid the 'Freshman 15'

You know the "freshman 15"? Well, a new study suggests that there's an easy fix to help freshman college students from over-indulging. Any guesses?

A scale.

The study suggests that the first five pounds of weight gain can steamroll and add to more weight gain. But a simple awareness goes a long way according to the study:
"The freshmen that we gave the scales to didn't gain any weight," says David Levitsky, a professor of Psychology and Nutritional Sciences.
"I think there are signals all around that are coaxing us to eat a little more," Levistky says. When people monitor their weight daily, he says, it seems to motivate them to make changes in their eating habits — if they see the number moving higher. It's a daily feedback loop.

By sophomore year, many students are aware of the bad eating habits that are easy to adopt on campus.
What is the biggest cause of weight gain? Late-night eating and stress. "Stress floods the body with cortisol. This is the stress hormone that makes them crave sugar, fat and salt."

Thanks to Social Workout for the tip!
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