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Health Tip: Avoid Weight Gain at College

(HealthDay News) -- It's common for college students to pack on a few pounds while they're away at school.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions to help prevent weight gain while you're at college:

  • Never skip meals. Be especially sure to start the day with a healthy breakfast to kick start your metabolism.

  • Make healthy food choices, and pay attention to portion sizes.

  • Choose high-fiber foods (such as fruits and veggies, beans and whole grains) to help you feel more full for longer periods.

  • Include a lean protein in each meal. Good choices include lean turkey, chicken, pork, fish or beef; beans, nut butters and reduced-fat cheese.

  • Eat healthier fats from nuts, seeds, avocados and canola or olive oils. Avoid desserts and fried foods.

  • Drink water, fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened coffee or tea. Avoid sugary drinks, and limit alcohol to one drink per day.

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