How to Lose Weight in College
15 Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15
Stay Fit in College
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Eat an orange. Just peeling the fruit gives your mind a break, says Oz. The rush of natural sugars delivers a late-night pick-me-up that’s a lot healthier than a candy bar, and the scent of oranges has been shown to have calming properties, according to researchers from the University of Vienna.
Prioritize sleep. We get it—sometimes you have to pull an all-nighter. But skimping on sleep can make you pack on the pounds. Canadian researchers found that people who slept 5 to 6 hours a night gained an average of 4.4 more pounds in 6 years than those who got 7 to 8 hours of shut-eye. Sleep-deprived people are more likely to not only eat more during the day, but also have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which has been linked to weight gain.
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