Your Questions About Losing Weight In College

by Maricela on January 5, 2013

Sandy asks…

I have 19 days until college starts should I try losing weight now or just wait til next summer?

I know I won’t lose all the weight i want, but should i start now and then continue losing weight in college or just wait next summer cause i feel it would be awkward to be fat in the gym on campus esp. when im not to use to that setting. I want to lose 60 pounds in all though.

Maricela answers:

With that attitude, i doubt you will ever lose the weight. In your life. Your one of those “the diet starts tomorrow” people. One of those people who messes their diet up in one meal, and then gives up altogether.

But hey, feel free to prove me wrong.

George asks…

How do I lose weight when im in college on a budget?

Im a college student and I have gained about 40 pounds in one year, I do not have alot of money to spend on lo-fat foods, but I would like to lose weight, I work a lot so I don’t have a lot of free time to work out. Thanks.

Maricela answers:

Not having a lot of money is good. My girlfriend and I just graduated and she has lost 25 pounds in 1 and a half months doing a “non-processed foods diet” and excercising, which is very inexpensive. I know everyone is different, and your results may not be the same, but all it takes is dedication every day going to the gym, walking, running, etc. Walk 3 miles twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Non processed food is anything that doesn’t come made from a factory. Most grocery stores have caesar salad kits for a good price if you want something semi-processed. Make some chicken with one of Lawry’s seasonings and put it in the salad. They’re actually pretty good. When my g/f was doing that, I stole some of her salad and chicken on many occassions. That’s one possibility.

Fruits, veggies, eggs, etc are great foods. For things like canned corn and what not, even though its “processed”, it is fine. Just use your judgement. Chances are, if it doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t. Do it for as long as you can and treat yourself to something once every two weeks. You may gain a pound or two back, but you need to motivate yourself somehow. Tell yourself when you meet a certain milestone you will do something or buy something or eat something. I don’t know. Whatever works for you.

Most importantly, losing weight isn’t about how fast you can do it and on what diets. All losing weight requires is discipline. Good luck!

Also a helpful tip. Eating nuts (lightly salted) in moderation can keep you from over-snacking. Try getting some lightly salted cashews and dividing them up into plastic bags according to the serving amounts. Have a bag a day or so. You’d be surprised how much so little fills you up.

Joseph asks…

How much weight can you lose in two months?

I’m trying to lose weight before college. And I want to know how much I could lose in two months, during summer.

Also, anyone have tips?

Maricela answers:

Probably like 20lbs /10kg.Just exercise 20-30 minutes a day..Drink plenty of water,eat right.And there we go!

Jenny asks…

How can I change old habits about losing weight?

I am 21, college student, 225lbs. I have always struggled with weight and self confidence issues. I am wanting to get down to around 180, mainly muscle. I am trying to figure out how to over come my laziness and lack of self motivation and self dedication to actually start losing weight. Just any insight of what may have helped you, or things you may know that would help would be much appreciated.

Maricela answers:

Hello DDub,

First off, realize that I’m not a physician so the information is a personal opinion.

You will need to get to the root cause of your self-confidence issues, perhaps seeking therapy.

Why do you want to lose weight?
Mine was for health reasons, tumors/cysts. Doctors wanted to cut on me (surgery) and I did not want to go that route.
So, getting back to you..why do you want to lose the weight?
I’m sure you know what it will take to lose the weight, eating right, portion control, exercise.
But unless you get to the root cause, find the motivation, I’m wasting my and your time.

I could tell you that if you don’t lose the weight, that there is a chance you will be plagued with health problems, particularly as you get older, but I’m sure you already know that.
Image yourself at your ideal weight, find someone that has a similar body structure as you do but at the weight and physique that you want to be.
Ask yourself is it worth it to change your life to look that him?
I understand that being in college that the average student does tend to gain weight, I start my Fall Term in a few weeks, so I know.
But as a student you also know what it takes for you to get good grades, pass that exam.
Hitting the books, or what the Brits call mug (studying hard) and saying no to the partying.
The same with losing weight. Saying no to foods that got you were you are now, letting go of your current lifestyle for a new you.
Gosh, I meant to keep this brief (smile).
Realize DDub that you’re worth what it takes to reinvent yourself or to be reborn to the new you.
Take it slow and steady, Eliminate the junk food by changing one bad food for a good one.
Self-determination and self-love..you are worth it.
You have age and time on your side, do it.

A few ideas that most don’t realize in addition to the regular weight loss stuff.
Digestive enzymes, helps digest cooked foods and thereby increasing your metabolism.
Don’t know if you want to go this far but proper food combining will also help lose the weight
The processed foods, sugar, junk foods are pretty much made for you to gain weight, again a personal opinion.
So you’re gonna have to go clean; fresh fruits, vegetables, clean water.
Sorry, this was so long 😉
Wish you the best DDub

Carol asks…

What is the best way to intervene and tell a friend she needs help for her bulimia?

My friend is in her 30’s and has admitted to me that she suffers from purging to lose weight since college. She is a great mother,wife and friend. I worry that she is purging because she is very thin and frequently has laryngitis. She told me that she has a stomach virus recently where her hands and feet tensed up and she could not move them after vomiting. I am just so worried about her.

Maricela answers:

You can force someone to get help. She is taking the first step by telling you that she has a problem. I would bring it up by saying “hey i was thinking about what you said, about being sick a lot, and i was wondering if you ever thought about getting help”. If she says no i don’ t want to talk about it, or responds negatively then i wouldn’t press the subject further. You want her to continue to tell you what is going on in case you need to seriously intervene. If you press the subject too much then you can scare her off. If she says that she was thinking about getting help but doesn’t know how or is scared, then this is your chance to help her. Tell her that you want to help and support her to get her better. That she is a wonderful person and you want to see her healthy. Say that you (both of you to support if you want) to meetings for people with a disorder, to a doctor, therapist, etc. And then I would drop the subject and tell her that you will help her look into getting better. If she has lived with this problem for a long time and you didn’t know about it then you need to take small steps into helping her and not overwhelm her into getting help.

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