A survey by Opinion Matters reveals that 50% of students gain weight during their freshman year of college. What causes it?  Read on to find out.  We've all experienced it. Now you'll find out why the "Freshman 15" is real.

- The average student gains 11 pounds.

- 80% of students say their poor diet makes it hard for them to concentrate.

- 13% of students say their poor diet leaves them feeling low and tired.

- 47% of students arrive at college and then survive on a diet of refined carbs and sugar like pasta, pizza and doughnuts.

Here are the top 5 ways to not gain weight when you get to college according to eatright.org:

  1. "Be Prepared".  College is a time of change. Homesickness, along with the stress of classes, can make you eat a lot.  Anticipate the stress and deal with it early.
  2. "Stock Smart Snacks".  Avoid the chips and stock apples with peanut butter, carrots and hummus, and Greek yogurt or fruit and whole-grain cereal.
  3. "Don't Skip Breakfast". Breakfast wakes up the metabolism and gives energy to your brain.
  4. "Watch What You Eat In The Cafeteria". Think baked, broiled, grilled, and roasted.
  5. "Don't Drink Calories". Alcohol is included.  Limit your intake of that and sugary sodas.

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