Your Questions About Weight Loss Plan For College Students

by Maricela on January 30, 2013

Daniel asks…

Will an all veggie diet help me lose a lot of weight?

I’m a busy college student and I’m about thirty pounts overweight. I don’t have money for the gym but I walk to class everyday which is a fair distance. I have problems with willpower – it’s pretty much either all or nothing. So if I eat veggies 6 days a week, will I lose weight? Or is there any other way I could lose a fair amount of weight that isn’t too time consuming?

Maricela answers:

An all veggie diet will certainly knock off the pounds. This is only suitable for a short time as you also need other foods besides veggies if you want to be healthy.

Losing 10 lbs a month is a good and safe target. Any faster weight loss is likely to be temporary only and in most cases you regain it all.

Running, jogging, cycling, swimming, dancing, push ups, sit ups, squats, brisk walking and power walking all help for weight loss but dieting helps more.

One of the healthiest weight loss diets is the DASH diet.

The healthy DASH diet can help you lose weight safely and effectively, lower your cholesterol and lower your blood pressure.

It is based on an eating plan rich in fruits and vegetables, and low-fat or non-fat dairy, with whole grains. It is a high fiber, low to moderate fat diet, and is rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

You can see further details in a web search for “dash diet” + “lose weight”..

Charles asks…

What’s the best way for a very busy college student to lose weight?

I do not want the sophomore sixteen…but my usual 148-152 lb frame is now pushing 160 lbs. I need help, but I have no idea where to start. Any help would be amazing! Thanks!

Maricela answers:

If you are serious about losing weight, the calories
in the food you eat should be less than the
energy you use. You will have to increase your
metabolic rate now, and plan your diet carefully.
Formulate your own weight loss plan and you will
lose weight faster. More details available at
http://tinyurl.com/m7ckx

Thomas asks…

For a college student and beginning rider, Boulevard S40 or V-Star Classic?

Which is better? I’m planning on getting a bike for when I graduate high school in a matter of months. I’m excited! I just need to know what to get. Money wise, the Boulevard seems like a better deal!

Maricela answers:

Better is a varible, always has been, always will be. IMHO, which bike is better depends what you will be doing. I run 80+% street, and place a premium on agility and wicked acceleration off the line. Which is where the S40 shines.

If, on the other hand, you will be spending half your time on the highway the weight and smoothness and HP of the V-Twin tips the scales to the Yamaha.

If the S40 is not what you want, the lower cost is wasted as you will be selling, at a loss, and buying the V-Star anyhow.

Mary asks…

Good diet for college students living in a dorm?

I’m freshman in college and I live on campus. I have no way to cook food (other than a microwave) and I’m VERY limited with money.

If anything some simple tips and a good work out/stretch routine for starters..

Maricela answers:

Losing 10 lbs a month is a good and safe target. Any faster weight loss is likely to be temporary only and in most cases you regain it all.

Running, jogging, cycling, swimming, dancing, push ups, sit ups, squats, brisk walking and power walking all help for weight loss but dieting helps more.

One of the healthiest weight loss diets is the DASH diet.

The healthy DASH diet can help you lose weight safely and effectively, lower your cholesterol and lower your blood pressure.

It is based on an eating plan rich in fruits and vegetables, and low-fat or non-fat dairy, with whole grains. It is a high fiber, low to moderate fat diet, and is rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

You can see further details in a web search for “dash diet” + “lose weight”.

Ruth asks…

What do dietician/ nutritionists do in their daily career life?

I’m a high school student and I was thinking about a career in nutrition when I get older. What kind of things do nutristionists do? Do they sell or advertise products or do they help people with nutrition problems?

Maricela answers:

According to the US Dept of Labor:

Dietitians and nutritionists plan food and nutrition programs and supervise the preparation and serving of meals. They help to prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications, such as the use of less salt for those with high blood pressure or the reduction of fat and sugar intake for those who are overweight.

Dietitians manage food service systems for institutions such as hospitals and schools, promote sound eating habits through education, and conduct research. Major areas of practice include clinical, community, management, and consultant dietetics.

*Clinical dietitians* provide nutritional services for patients in institutions such as hospitals and nursing care facilities. They assess patients’ nutritional needs, develop and implement nutrition programs, and evaluate and report the results. They also confer with doctors and other health care professionals to coordinate medical and nutritional needs. Some clinical dietitians specialize in the management of overweight patients or in the care of critically ill or renal (kidney) and diabetic patients. In addition, clinical dietitians in nursing care facilities, small hospitals, or correctional facilities may manage the food service department.

*Community dietitians* counsel individuals and groups on nutritional practices designed to prevent disease and promote health. Working in places such as public health clinics, home health agencies, and health maintenance organizations, community dietitians evaluate individual needs, develop nutritional care plans, and instruct individuals and their families. Dietitians working in home health agencies provide instruction on grocery shopping and food preparation to the elderly, individuals with special needs, and children.

Increased public interest in nutrition has led to job opportunities in food manufacturing, advertising, and marketing. *In these areas*, dietitians analyze foods, prepare literature for distribution, or report on issues such as the nutritional content of recipes, dietary fiber, or vitamin supplements.

*Management dietitians* oversee large-scale meal planning and preparation in health care facilities, company cafeterias, prisons, and schools. They hire, train, and direct other dietitians and food service workers; budget for and purchase food, equipment, and supplies; enforce sanitary and safety regulations; and prepare records and reports.

*Consultant dietitians* work under contract with health care facilities or in their own private practice. They perform nutrition screenings for their clients and offer advice on diet-related concerns such as weight loss and cholesterol reduction. Some work for wellness programs, sports teams, supermarkets, and other nutrition-related businesses. They may consult with food service managers, providing expertise in sanitation, safety procedures, menu development, budgeting, and planning.

What should you do to prepare to be a dietition or nutritionist?

High school students interested in becoming a dietitian or nutritionist should take courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, health, and communications. Dietitians and nutritionists need at least a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area. College students in these majors take courses in foods, nutrition, institution management, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, and physiology. Other suggested courses include business, mathematics, statistics, computer science, psychology, sociology, and economics.

How much can you earn?
According to the American Dietetic Association, median annualized wages for registered dietitians in 2005 varied by practice area as follows: $53,800 in consultation and business; $60,000 in food and nutrition management; $60,200 in education and research; $48,800 in clinical nutrition/ambulatory care; $50,000 in clinical nutrition/long-term care; $44,800 in community nutrition; and $45,000 in clinical nutrition/acute care.

Good luck!

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