Gaining weight in college is inevitable. Not just the infamous “freshman 15,” but the less talked about sophomore, junior and senior 15. For a majority of college students, gaining weight is ridiculously easy. Losing it however…not so easy.

Here’s why:

1. Dining Halls: Hey, I’m paying $60,000 a year for this food. I deserve this pizza. And this pasta. And this cheeseburger. And yes, I do want a side of fries.

2. Dessert Spreads at the D-hall: Five options? I must try them all… just to make sure they aren’t poisoned.

3. FinalsThe only way I can study an entire semester’s worth of material is if I reward myself with Sour Patch Kids. After every sentence I read.

4. Writing Papers: My brain only works after I’ve eaten at least 600 calories worth of chocolate.

5. Brunch: Nutella stuffed french toast? or Eggs Benedict? Obviously both.


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6. Mini Fridges: My fridge is mini; therefore, I must eat everything in it ASAP to make room for my roommate’s food. Not to mention, it is right next to my desk. Talk about convenient.


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7. Stress: Hellllo Ben and Jerry’s.

8. Parties: Beer is nothing without nachos smothered in cheese.

9. Insomnia: Cookies. Delivered. Until 2 am.


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10. Relationships: The best excuse for pigging out (not that I need one).

And the real reason why dieting in college is impossible?

Two words: Cookie Butter. 


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Need some inspiration? 

  • Upgrade your D-hall Waffles with these recipes.
  • Have 2,000 calories to spare? How do hot chocolate pancakes sound?
  • For some amazing D-hall desserts, try these.