Cutting the Calories of College Life

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HEA 285
Cutting the Calories of College Life
November 20, 2012

Introduction It’s often said that starting college is like beginning a brand new chapter of life. Making new friends, studying harder courses and living 200 miles away from home. While all that may seem difficult enough, those are just the obvious examples. What about the change in eating habits, the stress that leads to over eating, and the lack of time to make healthy eating habits? These changes that occur in the first year of college are often referred to as “The Freshman 15”, or the easily gained (not so easy dropped) 15 pounds of weight gain that happens almost instantly in your early college life. The Freshman 15 problem ties distinctly into the seven
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With time and patience I plan to make lowering calories a daily habit that I will be able to keep for the rest of my life. The background research I preformed for my behavior changes project consisted of three articles. The first article was titled Improved Weight Management Using Genetic Information to Personalize a Calorie Controlled Diet. The article explained how you should make calorie-controlled choices that are also based on your genetics. If losing weight is difficult in your family history then you would have to cut your calories down further than a person who doesn’t have a weight loss problem in their family history. The second article I came across was Weight Loss: Fewer Calories In, More Calories Out. This article explains how by cutting 250 calories out of your daily routine and exercising to burn 250 calories daily, you can lose an a pound a week easily. The article suggests that excising while cutting calories will improve your health tremendously. Counting Calories: Resident Perspectives on Calorie Labeling in New York City is the last article I found. The article explains the importance of knowing how to read labels on food products in order to make healthier eating decisions. If a person does not understand what the nutritional labeling system then cutting their calorie intake becomes a very
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