College can be the worst place to put on muscle. Freed from the restraints of what mom puts on the table, students can eat whatever they want at all hours of the day. They don’t sleep much, depriving themselves of the hormones needed for muscle growth. And, oh yeah, some students have been known to consume alcohol.
No wonder freshmen college students put on the “freshman 15” and come home for Thanksgiving looking like they’ve been eating stuffing and pumpkin pie since August. Studies back up the fact that college freshmen gain more weight than the general population. Although the students in this study didn't pack on the legendary 15 pounds, what's interesting is the men gained more weight than the women. So if you thought the "freshman 15" was a girl thing, you thought wrong.
But, now here's the good news: College, contrary to popular belief, actually offers the best atmosphere to put on muscle, if a guy is willing to minimize distractions. Here’s why you can return home for the holidays with 15 pounds of muscle, rather than fat—and how you can put on the “New Freshman 15.”