Our expert says:
The varsity years can cause havoc with one's weight and I can remember one of my colleagues doing a study for her MSc on this subject and it was alarming how much weight first year students gained. You don't mention how tall your are so that I can calculate your BMI, but I presume the added 15 kg have caused overweight and that it may be advisable to lose a certain amount. To lose weight you need to basically change your lifestyle. Reduce your energy intake by eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page, then on 'Healthy Diets' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increase your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life). If you stick to the gym then please ask the instructor to work out a programme that includes more aerobic exercises and less working with weights. Also try to go for walks or swim or skip on the days when you don’t go to gym.
While you are on the ‘Diet & Nutrition’ site, read about every aspect of slimming (the dangers of diet pills, slimming aids, psychological aspects of slimming including obesessions, etc) by also checking out the ‘Weight Loss’ section and exploring the site.
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