Ahh yes, it’s that time of year again. Students (including myself) are all going back to college to get educated so that we can make the world a better place.
College is a time of opportunity, but unfortunately it’s also a time to potentially get fat as hell. So here are 2 tips on how to lose weight in college, but I must warn you, these tips go against everything you’ve heard.
1) Skip breakfast…and even lunch
Yes I know your mom has been telling you to eat breakfast ever since you crawled out of her reproductive organ, but there is absolutely no scientific proof to back that statement.
Students especially, think that they need to eat breakfast in order to function properly. This is probably because they were brainwashed back in high school when they were told that breakfast was essential so that they could score high on standardized tests.
I know how hectic college life can be, and worrying about breakfast only adds to that stress.
So my advice to you is to just skip breakfast. Trust me you’re not going to miss it, the breakfast food in most colleges suck anyways.
But why stop at breakfast, why don’t you go ahead and skip lunch as well? This way you can do whatever you got to do during the day(classes, homework, video games) without any food interruptions, and at the end of the day, you get to eat a massive dinner. The only thing you have to watch at the end of the day is your calories.
But for most students, the problem isn’t actually skipping breakfast and lunch. The problem is trying to convince yourself that it’s okay to skip meals. You’ve spent the last 18-20 years being told that you need to eat multiple meals per day, so I don’t blame you if you don’t want to skip meals right away. Trust me, it took me 2 years before I realized that all that breakfast and meal frequency talk was complete bullshit.
If you need help on being convinced why it’s okay to skip meals, then check out Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon. It’s one of the best selling e-books on fasting, and Brad Pilon does an excellent job of debunking pretty much every single myth regarding breakfast, meal frequency, and fasting.
2) Don’t workout like a college student
If there’s anything I’ve learned from working out in a college gym for the past 2 years, it’s this: most college students have absolutely no idea what they’re doing in the gym.
I understand that their underlying motive for working out is to look better, and that’s great, but the way they workout in the gym is just embarrassing at times.
The typical college workout program for guys goes something like this:
- Go to the gym 3-5 times a week.
- Do 10 sets of bench pressing and 10 sets of dumbbell curls, because you know… those are the only muscles that matter.
- Do a couple sets of ab crunches.
- Drink a protein shake after.
- Go to gym 3-5 times a week.
- Hop on a treadmill or elliptical for 45-60 minutes.
- Head into the weight room to do a couple sets of ab crunches.
I can confidently say that only 10% of the guys in my gym workout their legs and only maybe 15% of girls train with free weights. Guys seem to only be concerned with their mirror muscles (aka chest, shoulders, arms), while girls are scarred to even touch a dumbbell.
If you want to lose weight in college, then you need to workout smarter. That means no slaving away on the treadmill and no double-digit sets of bench pressing.
You need to stop running in hopes losing weight, and you need to start doing workouts that actually matter and produce results.
Don’t screw your college life
College is suppose to be fun, so don’t screw yourself by gaining weight.
Don’t fall prey to conventional wisdom. If you don’t want to eat breakfast, then don’t eat it. If you don’t have time for lunch, then don’t worry about it. Plus, banking those calories during the day means you’ll have more room for
alcohol soda at night.
And if you go to the gym, don’t be like other college students who don’t have any idea on what they’re doing.
Hopefully these 2 tips have given you some insight on how to lose weight in college.