The Convenient Unhealthy Weight Loss Truth

Written by Josh Anderson
“Gotta skip the gym tonight – there’s a great happy hour at the local pub!”
“I seriously don’t have 15 minutes to make a healthy-ish meal. Little Caesars it is!”
Skipping exercise, forgetting what remotely healthy foods are, living an unhealthy life… why are so many living this dangerous lifestyle? It’s because it’s so convenient. It’s in the human nature to perform tasks that require less energy and that’s exactly where junk food and the couch potato lifestyle comes into play. This convenience can literally be shortening our lives!
Convenient Fitness Mentality
Here’s a few staggering statistics about U.S. citizens. Science has shown that at least 36% of U.S. adults admit that they are physically inactive during their leisure time. Meaning that over one-third of us barely leave the couch when we aren’t at work, much less get in some actual exercise. That’s one out of every three people you encounter – that’s seriously staggering!
Does this even matter? Of course it does, if you want to live a longer life. It’s been found that leisure time physical activity can increase your lifespan by up to 4.5 years! So you can either watch reruns of the Big Bang on repeat (I’ve been there), or get active and live a longer life… that choice is yours!
Our Convenient Nutrition Mentality
Not only that, but our nutritional mindset (developed at an early age) is setting us up for failure. Recent research has demonstrated that over 33% of U.S. children (ages 2-19) eat fast food on any given day. This 2011-2012 data indicated that 12% of our children’s daily calories are coming from fast food. This is basically teaching our kids that, “Eating healthy isn’t convenient so just go grab a quick, greasy burger!” What a swell idea!
Change Your Fitness

Ready to make a change? It can be convenient too! A little exercise, like a quick walk with your dog, can decrease your risk of disease and increase your life span. Not only that, but it can increase your muscle mass, cardiovascular health, bone strength…etc. The biggest misconception is that we need to exercise for over 45 minutes every day to see results! But many of us barely have 15 minutes of free time.
The beauty is that we can improve our health in only 15-20 minutes. In only 20 minutes a day you can decrease your risk of early death significantly – you probably watch more commercials than that! Plus, this 20 minute brisk walk a day can decrease your risk of heart attack by up to 40%. If you’ve been putting off exercise because it’s too inconvenient then it’s time to start walking! A little activity can go a long way!
Change Your Nutrition
Fast food is incredibly convenient especially when we are on-the-go or are coming home from work late at night. Here are some convenient and sustainable helpful reminders to remember:
  • Whole foods are key – avoid the highly processed stuff
  • Frozen fruits/veggies are quick to make and just as healthy
  • Fruits and whey protein make for a great on-the-go snack
  • Frozen fish is an easy meal - pop a few on a pan, put it in the oven, and you’re done
  • Drop the sugar laden drinks – water is your friend
  • Plan out your trips - always have a plan that keeps you healthy
We need to start making our healthy lifestyle convenient as possible and therefore lasting. While simply walking at a brisk pace throughout the week won’t help you lose 15 pounds in a week, it will greatly increase your exercise capacity and get you active. Plus, remembering some simple nutrition tips can equate to you dropping some unwanted calories. It’s all about small, convenient changes to help you reach your goals!
Author Bio

Josh (M.S., PT) is the founder and editor of DIY Active: “Fit.Food.Life. – No Gym Needed!” He strives to combine the latest science with fitness to help everyone exercise smarter from the comforts of their own homes!

Photos by Pixaby and one original photo submitted by the author of this article.


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