Balancing Finals and Fitness

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By: Rob Cavaliere

With classes coming to an end for the semester I know that it can be a very stressful time of year for just about any student. With a more extensive schedule due to school work, which equals more late night studying it is important that you do not return to those bad eating habits. A recent New York Times report says that:

“The scientists discovered that eating after 8 p.m. was associated with a higher body mass index, suggesting that late-evening calories are, for some reason, more hazardous to your weight.”

While there is very little scientific evidence pertaining to the topic there is a pattern that points to weight gain if you eat past roughly 9:30pm.  Now, I am not saying that having an apple or any other type of fruit at this time is going to add to your waistline but stay away from the pizza and ice cream.  If anything it may be more important than usual to eat healthy during these final two weeks because stress can often have an impact on weight gain.

“While the immediate . . . response to acute stress can be a temporary loss of appetite, more and more we are coming to recognize that for some people, chronic stress can be tied to an increase in appetite — and stress-induced weight gain,” says Elissa Epel, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco.

During the final two weeks of school it is important to keep a structured diet; in fact if I had any advice to give at all it would be as follows: do not let your diet waver and find time to go to the gym, even if it is for a shorter amount of time. Remember it is always better to do something, no matter how small, than do nothing at all.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/health/17really.html

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/can-stress-cause-weight-gain

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