Avoiding the Dreaded Freshman 15

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: The best way to stop freshman weight gain is to understand how to prevent it.
Air Date: 3/11/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Felicia Stoler, PhD
felicia stoler close upDr. Felicia Stoler is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in disease prevention, wellness and healthful living. She has a bachelors from Tulane University, a masters in applied physiology and nutrition from Columbia University and her doctorate in clinical nutrition from UMDNJ. Felicia serves on many local, state and national committees related to health and wellness. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Fellow of the ACSM. Felicia is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is on the House of Delegates.

Dr. Stoler hosted the second season of TLC's groundbreaking series Honey, We're Killing the Kids!, which took aim at the unhealthy lifestyles of families, across the country, in an effort to motivate them to make positive changes. She is the author Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great (Pegasus) which was featured in USA Weekend among the top "must have" books in 2011. She has been a contributor for and written several book chapters. Stoler authored the ACSM's Current Comment on Childhood Obesity.

Felicia has been on many national and local television and radio programs across the U.S. She is one of the most sought-after nutrition/fitness experts for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. Felicia is passionate about helping people live healthier lives – and practices what she preaches. She maintains a private practice and provides consulting and public speaking. Felicia is the mother of two children and step mom of one – living in NJ.
Avoiding the Dreaded Freshman 15
Going to college is a milestone. Family and friends may joke around with you about the dreaded "Freshman 15" right before you leave for school. It can become a painful memory down the road, with you trying to avoid photos of the unflattering weight gain.

The cause of this phenomenon is not unfounded. Learning how to cope with the separation and transition from home to independence requires a lot of adjustments. Alcohol, late-night and binge eating, and processed foods and stress are all associated with the "college experience," and are considered to be catalysts for the excessive weight gain. It's easy to get used to the pizza, burgers and late-night junk food that this experience offers.

However, not everyone gains the legendary freshman 15; some gain less, or in some cases, even more. Studies show that an average freshman college student will gain anywhere from five to nine pounds during his or her first year. These habits and pounds can add up, making it challenging to lose the weight once school has ceased.

The best way to stop freshman weight gain is to understand how to prevent it.

Join special guest, Dr. Felicia Stoler, as she shares healthy tips and advice on how to avoid the freshman 15.