We would like to respond to the article titled “Building Her Brawn”. As nutrition majors and college females, we could not help but feel frustrated by the content of this piece. We understand that this article wasn’t necessarily intended to evoke these feelings. However, the nutrition plan described is simply not realistic to the typical college student. The article conveys the message that the way to be healthy is to work out for hours a day and consume only chicken and vegetables.
First, it is unnecessary for all college students to spend that much time in the gym. Rather than strictly spending one to one and a half hours each day in the gym, it is possible and much more realistic to aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day and still be fit.
One other statement that we had difficulty “digesting” (pun intended) was that “eating well on a college meal plan is a bit of a challenge.” We would like to point out that while our dining facilities do offer delicious treats, it is possible to eat a well-balanced, nutritious meal with moderate indulgences and still be healthy. While Vargas does insert at the end that she planned to “devour” the rolls and pulled pork at Texas Roadhouse, it appears the diet plan Vargas follows is too restrictive particularly for the amount of weight training she is doing. In nutrition classes, we’ve been told to get in fruits and vegetables but do not completely deprive yourself from other groups such as whole grains and healthy fats, which make up the peanut butter sandwiches Vargas no longer includes in her diet. Peanut butter sandwiches are actually a terrific snack for any time of day, particularly a post-workout snack.
We encourage Bennies (and Johnnies) to take care of themselves. Get your recommended amount of physical activity in, incorporate your fruits, veggies and whole grains, and don’t swear off desserts for the rest of your life. You’ll be OK. We promise.