Sitting down for almost the whole day studying, eating snacks to late at night for all-nighters, and chugging down coffee with tons of sugar makes the school year a prime time to gain weight. All the effort that you put in for the past three months in losing weight flies out the window in mere weeks. For those who have tried dieting, losing weight is already extremely difficult without the added stress of school. However, with some effort, we can take this added stress and turn it into a benefit for both weight loss and studying.

1. Setting goals/ making plan to reach the goal

This is the first step for every diet. Students should determine a suitable plan for weight loss based on their current body weight. Don’t set impossible goals– failure to achieve a desired progress might weaken your motivation for dieting. Set small steps for yourself.

2. A balanced diet

Cut out sugars and starchy foods and replace it with high protein, fat, and low-carb vegetables.  Sticking to this plan alone can lessen your weight noticeably in a matter of weeks. Check the nutrition facts at the back of the coffee to check for the sugar levels before drinking. Cutting down on caffeine is probably not a bad idea either.

3. Moderating eating schedules

It’s especially important forto students who are studying to eat a nutritious breakfast so they have enough energy to sustain themselves during the day. It’s okay to eat a lot for breakfast– most of the calories from breakfast will probably burn off during the day. Skipping breakfast or lunch on the other hand will also likely make you hungrier at night, leading to eating lots for dinner. It’s crucial to control the amount of food you eat at dinner and to finish your dinner early (5-7 pm). Avoid eating snacks after dinner. Leaving time between your food intake and sleeping is not only good for your diet, it’s helpful for you digestive system.

4. Consistent, steady exercises

Search for exercises based on what part of your body you want to lose weight and which are fast and effective ways to fit into your busy schedule. It’s probably better to look for exercises you can do at home instead of exercises that you have to do outside. One common exercise that students do is jump roping. Or look for 10-15 minute Youtube exercises and repeat the steps every night before getting back to work. Taking a small break from studying and sweating during the workout, will increase your concentration when you get back to studying.

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