Weight Gain in Nursing School?

  1. Am I the only one who has gained weight with the stress of nursing school??? I'm so frustrated with myself!!!
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  3. by   ldh
    Yeah, I've gained a ton of weight too, and I mean a lot. I was 140lbs when I started and now I'm 204lbs. I don't really look "fat", but I guess you could call me a woman of substance lol.

    I guess I can attribute this to stress, and sitting on my duff a lot, studying and snacking. Usually though, once I get in the work force (and hopefully a more predictable schedule), the weight just falls off. I gain weight and lose weight pretty quickly.

    I've seen a lot of my classmates gain weight too over the last couple of years. But, thankfully, weight can be lost!! Hang in there. If you have the energy and the time, it might be a good idea to exercise, which can help burn off stress, and can really help in clinicals too. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to school instead of driving or taking the bus if possible. Eating more in the beginning of the day and less towards the evening can help too. Easier said than done though, I know......
  4. by   I RN A
    I just finished my first quarter, and I do feel like I've gained some weight. I'm sort of lucky because I'm very tall and it doesn't show as much, but I can still see it and feel really bad about it. But, I have 1 month off so I'm going back to the gym to work my butt off literally. Since I'm obsessive compulsive and there is no school to obsess about I will obsess with getting back in shape again.
  5. by   dmarie (GA)
    Yeah, I started school a few years ago, (including all pre-reqs), and I've put on a total of 40 pounds since!!!!! I'm 5' 7 and normally carry my weight really well, but it's gotten to the point where I'm just totally uncomfortable. The sad thing is, I have a gym membership, but never go!!!

    Time to get motivated!!!
  6. by   lisabeth
    I will say this, Before turning 40, I was the same way. It wasnt too difficult to lose weight, but after a hysterectomy at 39 and then turning 40..... I never paid too much attention to people when they would say that, but it is sooooo true. I know I can lose it, but it is so much harder it isnt even funny. You still have a little time before that retchid milestone, so maybe you will be ok.

    Quote from ldh
    Yeah, I've gained a ton of weight too, and I mean a lot. I was 140lbs when I started and now I'm 204lbs. I don't really look "fat", but I guess you could call me a woman of substance lol.

    I guess I can attribute this to stress, and sitting on my duff a lot, studying and snacking. Usually though, once I get in the work force (and hopefully a more predictable schedule), the weight just falls off. I gain weight and lose weight pretty quickly.

    I've seen a lot of my classmates gain weight too over the last couple of years. But, thankfully, weight can be lost!! Hang in there. If you have the energy and the time, it might be a good idea to exercise, which can help burn off stress, and can really help in clinicals too. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to school instead of driving or taking the bus if possible. Eating more in the beginning of the day and less towards the evening can help too. Easier said than done though, I know......
  7. by   Gennaver
    Quote from dmarie (GA)
    Am I the only one who has gained weight with the stress of nursing school??? I'm so frustrated with myself!!!
    Hello,
    It wasn't necessarily weight gain with me but it definately was a "change in body composite structure!" After the first two quarters in my program I became skinny I had worked really hard in the past to get non-skinny and was not happy to loose my muscle and be skinny with fat, (you know, even skinny people have fat, I don't like that).

    Thankfully I was able to force myself to exercise a bit more during the next three consecutive quarters. Sure, I too am forced to sit on my rear for the studying but, I try to at least get up and toss in a couple of squats, leg lifts, sit ups and so on.

    It isn't much but, it definately made a difference.

    Good luck, be good to yourself,
    Gen
  8. by   PurrRN
    Right with you on the weight gain. Looks like a good 12lbs for me this first semester . I'm going to try and take this break time to get a system down for easy (healthy) meal prep for next semester, cause if I keep going at this rate I'll have just sabotaged myself beyond what I can bare.

    This semester has shown me that I have a hard time with balancing life (kids, hubby, clean house, cooking) with the immense workload of school. I fell into the habit of grabbing what was fast and easy instead of planning a head of time (and we all know that fast and easy usually doesn't mean healthy OR low cal, LOL).

    One thing I'd like to implement is cooking main dishes once or twice a week and then freezing them so I don't have much prep time during my hectic days. Also menu planning ahead of time. Hopefully this will work to curb this unwanted and unwelcomed weight gain trend!!
  9. by   I RN A
    Here is my Ndx for some of us, the nursing students: Nutriton Imbalaced: More than body requirements r/t ineffective coping with the NS stress AEB weight gain and pt's statement: "I've gained some weight! I need to lose it!"
  10. by   PurrRN
    Quote from nicoleg
    Here is my Ndx for some of us, the nursing students: Nutriton Imbalaced: More than body requirements r/t ineffective coping with the NS stress AEB weight gain and pt's statement: "I've gained some weight! I need to lose it!"
  11. by   luvmypatients
    I have put on close to 40 pounds since starting school. And oh great the holidays are coming!! :uhoh21:

    Jenn:smilecoffeecup:
  12. by   ldh
    Quote from nicoleg
    Here is my Ndx for some of us, the nursing students: Nutriton Imbalaced: More than body requirements r/t ineffective coping with the NS stress AEB weight gain and pt's statement: "I've gained some weight! I need to lose it!"
    rotflmao!!! I love it!!

  13. by   missninaRN
    I've gained weight too. I'm just finishing my first semester and am thinking that I don't want to continue this trend through the next year and a half of school. I've reached the point where my clothes are uncomfortably tight and I don't have the money to buy a new wardrobe, so it's time to get serious.
    I'm cutting myself some slack until after finals next week, then I'm going to go through "detox" and will stop using chocolate and soda to get through the day.
  14. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Every hear the phrase the "Freshman Fifteen"? Happens to most students who start school. Your marks likely drop 15% from highschool, and you gain 15 pounds. Theres always articles about it in the newspaper here in August/September, warning students about it. My aunt works for weight watchers so before I started school she clipped out all these articles talking about it, and 'healthy eating guides' to help me with meal ideas. I actually dropped about 15 pounds when I started, and have maintained it throughout. Looking around me in school though, I have definitely seen some students just balloon up from all the junk-food crap, and lack of exercise, 60-70 lbs+ for some.

    My suggestion: Don't keep the junk food in the house. If its not there, you can't eat it.

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