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‘How can I keep a healthy weight while training to be a nurse?’

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Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’ve just finished my first year and gone home for the summer. When my parents saw me they asked about whether I was eating healthily and looking after myself and eventually I got the hint and decided to weigh myself – I’ve put on 2 stone since starting the course!

“I’ve never been skinny but I’ve also never been unhealthily overweight. The extra weight just seems to have crept on without me really realising and I’m mortified that I was only vaguely aware that my uniform was a bit tighter. I even mentioned to one of my flatmates that I thought it had shrunk in the wash – how she kept a straight face I don’t know!

“I know the obvious answer is to eat less and exercise more but I can’t be the first person to have struggled with both since starting nursing. Does anyone have any tips for sticking to a diet and making exercise routine while training to be a nurse?”

- Amy*, first/second year student nurse, adult branch

*not real name


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  • Arehone Mukhathedzwa

    Hi amy,

    I have found studying nursing the opposite to you. I have actually lost so much wieght and my secret has been finding balance and eating healthy.

    I joined the uni gym. And everyday i am in the a minimum of a hour in the evenings. In the morning i wake up early and jog for 2 miles. I made friends with people at the gym who i work out with and they hold me accountable.

    When i go food shopping i strart off at the fruit and veg section and fill my whole trolley with fruit and veg by the time i get to the wnd of the shop i have no room in my trolley.

    I stoped drinkjng juice amd all i drink is water, if i want flavour i boil water and cut lemons amd infuse.

    When i am studying when i take a break i go for a walk or go to the gym. Its small things that make big changes. The number one thing you must remember wieght loss is based on eating more than excercise. So changing portion size perharps buying measuring spoons. Fillinf your plate first with veggies then protein then carbs will also help. I hope this has been helpful if you want more help send me an email

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