College dining halls are the equivalent to visiting an all-you-can-eat buffet. Every. Single. Day. If given the option of waffles for breakfast, wings for lunch, and pasta for dinner, odds are you’re going to reach for it. Throw in the seemingly self-replenishing dessert bars, late-night taco Tuesdays, and breakfast-for-dinners and you’re as good as toast as far as maintaining a healthy weight is concerned.
Learning how not to overeat on an unlimited meal plan isn’t as difficult as it seems, and you don’t need to deprive yourself of your favorite foods, either. We consulted with Rebecca Scritchfield, registered dietician, nutritionist, and health fitness specialist, to map out some guidelines for navigating the dining hall and acquiring healthy eating habits so you can frequent the buffet and get your fill of nutrient-dense foods without packing on the pounds.
Graduated? These tips carry over in to the "real world," too. So, take note whether you're a freshman, sophomore, or 10+ years out of school.