Dorm Room Diet

College freshmen troop to their dorms on Augusts every year.  This is also the time when their eating habits begin to change, which sort off proving the health myth about the "Fashion 15," when students begin to gain weight significantly.  However, it also has to be taken into account that our metabolism slows down as we age, which can contribute to the shift in weight.

To cope with that physical and lifestyle changes, author Daphne Oz suggests a simple plan that can help guide college students about eating healthily and exercising even within the confines of your own dorm room.

The gist

Daphne Oz is the daughter of renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has become a familiar face in the Oprah Show.  Following the advice of her father to live healthily, she wrote her own diet plan that targets college students based on her own experience in the fast-paced world of university life.

The Dorm Room Diet teaches its readers how to find the healthiest food choices in campus.  Although there is no particular food group this plan bars them from eating, they are encouraged to eat less processed foods and more whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, nuts, and good fats found in olive oil.

Oz recommends simple eating plans such as eating breakfast always, eating meals every three hours (with small snacks between the main meals), not eating two hours before sleeping, and skipping foods that can be addictive.

Meanwhile, exercise is very much encouraged in this program.  Although colleges and universities have their own gyms in campus, they usually ask for membership fees.  If these are not included in your tuition, you can try exercising right in your own dorm room or enjoy long walks between classes.

Advantages and disadvantages

The good thing about the Dorm Room Diet is that the rules are very simple to follow.  You do not need to count for calories, no need to be conscious too much about meal portions, but you are still encouraged to eat healthy foods and exercise often. 

However, because it does not restrict certain food groups, readers may fall into the trap of taking one too many snacks between meals (or even while at meals).  Also, you are usually at mercy of what food is available in the dorm cafeteria.