Your Questions About Losing Weight In College

by Maricela on April 30, 2013

Carol asks…

Will losing weight help my body with controlling blood sugar?

I have noticed that my hands (fingers) shake and from research i have found that this is a symptom of low blood sugar. I am in college and it’s hard to eat well, so this is a probable cause. Will losing weight help me get back to normal???, because i have gained some weight since being here. Thanks

Maricela answers:

If you’re overweight, yes, losing weight will almost certainly allow your body to function better.

Your college health center will probably have some resources for you, go and ask about diets that you could use (especially in the cafeteria), and exercise programs. Back when I was in college, we had to pay for the use of the gym whether we wanted to use it or not. If you have access to a gym, use it. If you don’t have access to a gym, then ask your college health center about exercises.

I walked almost everywhere when I was in college, and it helped me immensely. Not just physically, but I saved a lot of money on gas and car maintenance.

Sharon asks…

How can I stay focused and lose weight?

I take out all my stress from college and decide to do it by eating. How can I stay focused and lose weight? I’m about 20 pounds overweight. I’ve tried and tried eating around 1200 calories a day but I end up getting hungry and binging. I also run on the treadmill 30 min one day, tell myself I’ll sep doing that, and I never do. Any tips/suggestions?

Maricela answers:

Dropping pounds is straightforward, you need one thing, personal control. It is rather simple, everything you should do is use more energy compared to what you will eat. That’s pretty much all you need to do. Really forget about all these celebrity diets and excellent new treatments, basically just go do a little exercise and also enjoy a wholesome and well balanced diet. Folks think that you should only to eat salad or fruit on a regular basis, that’s also rubbish. Well balanced meals can be very delicious, as an example, fish! Utilize the grill rather than the frying pan, take a stroll as opposed to bringing the car! You don’t have to go to the gym, you only need to alter one or two habits and the body weight will pour off.

David asks…

Can someone help a teenager with a diet plan or a plan for losing weight?


I’m a 17 year old girl, 5 feet and 6 1/2 inches. I weigh 65kg.

I’ve been struggling with my weight for years now. I never tried to lose weight – really lose weight – until last year. In the beginning of last year, I hit 70kg, which was an eyeopener for me. A combination of skipping meals and exercise led to me dropping 12 kg in 2-4 weeks. It was pretty crazy, but I was proud of myself.

But since then, I’ve slacked off, and obviously, have gained a lot of it back. But it seems like no matter how much I mimic my previous attempt at losing weight, I just can’t get it off.

I tried using diet pills but it wasn’t working, and honestly, I was scared of the side effects for someone my age, so I’ve stopped. I don’t want to depend on diet pills to lose weight: I want to do it the natural, safe, healthy way.

I use the elliptical for an hour every day and work out (treadmill, swim, core, etc) at least another hour. I eat five spoonfuls of cereal (exclusively) every morning. Most days, I skip lunch, but sometimes I cheat and grab a meal – normally no rice, bread, pasta, or the like, though I do cheat on that and eat potatoes sometimes (not fries). I eat dinner at 8pm and eat vegetables and protein and try to only eat a little bit of carbohydrates.

I haven’t drank soda in a year. I’ve sworn off starbucks and boba (though god knows that was hard). I only drink water and coconut water.

But it honestly is not working. I can’t lose the weight. I’m stuck at 65kg, and I hate it. I’m tired of basically knowing that everyone thinks you’re fat – and thinking it myself. My parents constantly use it as a greeting – you look really fat today – and it sucks. I want to lose it all (obviously not too much; I will never become anorexic or bullemic) in a healthy way to prove to everyone and myself that I can. I’m honestly putting all I can into losing weight before I go to college, but it just isn’t working.

What can I do? I was planning on going an a fruitarian diet. I’m a volleyball player, but the season’s over, so I’m considering joining badminton. Is it better to drink a meal supplement (trimshake: 210 calories) for lunch or skip lunch altogether? What else can I do to lose weight?

Maricela answers:

When you are losing weight, you should exercise and diet together.
If you exercise without dieting, you will get bigger appetite, which
will lead to increase of weight, or muscle grow
underneath the fat layer, and make you bulkier. If you diet without
exercising, you will become flabby and will have excess skin. For
diet, go wheat free. No pasta, pizza, bread and so on. And no food
after 7 p.m. People achieve marvellous results with it. Depending on
your initial weight, you can drop upwards from 20 pounds a month. If
you don’t eat wheat then you don’t eat all those sticky, fatty goey
cakes, you don’t eat junk food, and you don’t eat biscuits. But your
diet is still balanced. It costs nothing, and you do not have to
calculate points or to buy special meals or plans. For exercising,
start with walking, and then switch to running/jogging. Running is the
most efficient and calorie-burn exercise ever. If you are overweight a
lot, walk first or you may have health complications (heart attack,
disjointed bones and so on). Weight lifting is a good means to target
your problem areas for men and women. It’s not necessarily to become a
bodybuilder or even join a gym – a couple of dumbbells will help you
to target your problem areas (stomach, butt, legs, arms, chest).

Linda asks…

How can I lose weight in college?

I am currently a freshman in college, and gained about 5 pounds since I got here. I am tall, 5’9″, and currently weigh about 150 lbs. I would really like to lose around 20 lbs, but that is REALLY hard to do in college. I can’t run or workout a lot because I have a heart arrhythmia that occurs when I get my heart rate up for a long duration of time, but I CAN exercise. The only really healthy food is the salad bar which is impossible to eat everyday. I need something realistic but DOable, because I really want to lose weight.
I just want to be happy about my appearance for once in my life, and really want a flat stomach.

Maricela answers:

Unfortunately, there really is no magic answer to weight loss. There is no secret solution, no mystery. Simple things you do can help tremendously. Eat a healthy diet of about 1500 calories a day – you do need to learn to count calories to some degree, and there are tons of sites that will help you with that, as well as the labels on foods. Start keeping a record everyday of what you eat, because we all usually tend to consume more calories than we think we do. Eliminate ALL junk food, sodas, pop, sweets, fried foods, fast foods, fruit juices, and processed foods. Everyday eat fruit, veggies, a few nuts, lean meat and fish, whole grain breads and cereals, low fat dairy products. The many meal replacement products on the market can be a good tool to help you get started on a better eating plan. Use them in the first week or two if you like to replace one meal a day. Make sure you get one that has a good protein content. Special K makes a protein shake and the Glucerna shakes have higher protein content. Go for a brisk 45 minute walk twice a day if you can, everyday. Climb lots of stairs. Drink plenty of water. If at all possible start a weight lifting/strength training program at a gym and get some instruction from the gym trainer. It will work. Here are a few sites that may help.


Sandra asks…

What foods are there to eat that help/make you lose weight fast?

I want to lose weight. I’m in college I eat in a dinning hall and am busy but I do have time to go to the gym. I go to the gym about 2-3 times a week for about a half an hour. What foods are there to eat that help/make you lose weight fast? Remeber I eat in a Dinning Hall.

Maricela answers:

I dont like pushing vegetarianism on people for personal reasons, but i do for health reasons. If youre looking to lose weight, cutting out meat will offer great results. Everyone i know who has become a vegetarian-the right way-has seen a dramatic weight loss in the beginning. Its definitely sustainable too, if you keep on a healthy track. There are alterna-meats which make it really easy. Also, despite what some people believe, it can be a lot cheaper than being a carnivore.
At any rate, if you cant see yourself taking that route, eat LEAN meats only. Limit carbs, and even if you eat meats, try to use beans in place of meats in some dishes. You will see an impact even with this step.

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