Gain weight while studying?

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    I saw a post from like 2 years ago about how someone put on like 12-15lbs studying for an exam. I think I'm well on my way, which is terrible, but I feel like there aren't enough hours of the day to work, cook, eat, and study. Not to mention I have to sleep, walk my dog, and pay attention to my husband from time to time. Anyone have any tips on not being 50lbs heavier by the time it's all said and done? This is only my first exam of the bunch (studying for FAR) and it's rough…mentally tired all the time. =/

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    #755329 Reply

    I find studying exhausting and because of that I find myself eating constantly for energy or just to fill some random void. I had to allow myself time for the gym and that seems to help. I would gain 25lbs if I didn't!

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    #755330 Reply

    Don't eat junk food, cut down on sugar, drink lots of water. I eat about 5 times a day but very small portions of real food and rarely for more than 5 minutes. I rarely eat after 7pm. I gave up meat and fast food years ago and it works for me.

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    #755331 Reply

    I feel ya – but I would say the biggest thing that has helped me is to consciously be aware of how much food I'm taking in. As tempting as it may be, don't bring the whole bag of chips (or even almonds, grapes, etc) to your desk while you study. Portion it out.

    Try to stay hydrated with water too – buy some of those calorie free Mios or flavor packets to keep it different.

    I have a history of eating when I'm bored, or eating to avoid things I don't want to face (i.e. studying!!), but once I made a conscious effort to track what I eat via MyFitnessPal it helped me stay on track. I try to get to the gym or workout at home, or even just go for a walk/jog 1-2x a week at a minimum. However, while moving is important, it's most important to just make sure your calories IN are LESS than your calories out each day – and that doesn't necessarily have to involve exercising.

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    #755332 Reply

    You should invest in a large waste tank like I have- it could hold 6 cups. I finish one almost every time I sit down to study for a few hours. My other rule is no eating while studying… Works for me.

    #755333 Reply

    What a funny post. But yes I gained about 15 pounds over the 2 years I sat for the exams. I am finally done and am now working out 3 times a week, but its going to take awhile to drop the weight especially while in tax season. good luck!

    #755334 Reply

    One thing you could do if you're using becker is watch the videos on your phone while you're on a treadmill/Bike or something. Just a thought.

    #755335 Reply

    I recommend not eating a lot of high glycemic foods. High glycemic simply means things that digest quickly and go to your bloodstream. These are things like soda, pizza, donuts.

    I recommend low glycemic foods instead. They digest slower, thus they keep you fuller longer and give you energy in slow streams, with no boosts/crashes.


    #755336 Reply

    I still go to the gym, 3 times a week and it is enough. I also watch my diet. So far I haven't gain any weight.

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    #755337 Reply

    1) Skip breakfast. I know this sounds like terrible advice but it's a component of intermittent fasting. Research it. Real intermittent fasting is that you only eat during an 8 hour window from lunch to the evening. It's tough for a day or two but you get used to it. As long as you make sure you hit your daily needs during the window (get enough protein, vitamins, etc….) you're fine.

    2) Drink only water or low calorie drinks.

    3) You can do a really good HIIT workout in ten-twenty minutes at home. Look some up on youtube. It's no substitute for a healthy diet but it can burn some extra calories and keep your cardio up.

    #755338 Reply

    i do MCQs on a treadmill

    #755339 Reply

    @FAR_WARS – I loved studying AUD because you don't need to use scratch paper and could easily take it with you in case you wanted to do things like treadmill or whatever.

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    #755340 Reply

    Loving all the tips! I'm trying to make sure I get some kind of exercise 3 x a week, even though I'm exhausted from all the studying. I'm in the “non-stop mcqs” stage where all I do is cram questions and take notes.. I even dream about this stuff! I definitely don't drink enough water, energy drinks are becoming a staple (terrible, I know!), and oddly enough I don't munch on anything unless my face is ready to land on the keyboard. The treadmill ideas are good though…didn't think about that.

    Overall, I don't feel like I'm being too good to myself and It just feels wrong if I'm not studying…although I'm at least trying not to eat junk food all the time.

    I'm trying to pass this damn thing the first time! >.<

    #755341 Reply

    just stay away from processed foods, eat broccoli, spinach, fish, eggs. do 10min of cardio, & eat often. i cannot stress eating small meals many times throughout the day! your metabolism will be faster & you may not gain any weight. & lol at paying attention to your husband time to time

    #755342 Reply

    I gained 25 pounds. It has been a year since I passed my last section of the exam and I have 5 pounds to go to get back to where I was. I dropped the first 10 without much effort. The second 10 was not as easy. I started tracking my calories using the myfitnesspal app and I read something about intermittent fasting like the PP (maybe I got the idea from A71??) but I cut out breakfast and that really helped. I find I have much less hunger through out the day. I have 5 more pounds to go. I'm not sure I want to lose them though because a lot of my clothes are already baggy and then I will surely have to go shopping for new clothes. And I had just bought 2 new pairs of work pants from Express before I lost the last 10. How cheap am I? I've actually been thinking if I gain 5 pounds the pants would actually look good on me.

    Anyway I'd recommend checking out the intermittent fasting and if all else fails keep your “skinny” clothes they will probably fit again someday!

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