I’ve written before about recent research that demonstrated how over 35% of U.S. adults are physically inactive during their leisure time. This basically means that when we aren’t at work, we aren’t doing anything to get our heart rate up – the typical couch potato. That’s bad enough by itself but when you combine that with the fact that our children are developing terrible eating habits, it’s going to add up to a continuing obesity epidemic.
Our Kids Love Fast Food
Recently it was brought to light that over 1/3 of U.S. children (ages 2-19) eat fast food on any given day (data from 2011-2012). That equated to 12% of a child’s daily calories coming from fast food! Now this definitely points to the fact that childhood obesity is still rising but it also says we are teaching our children terrible nutrition habits from an early age.
Fast Food Dangers
Nothing like combining an inactive lifestyle with a fast food nutrition mentality, right? Fast food can be incredibly bad for you especially if you consume it on a regular basis. From increasing your weight to clogging your arteries to actually making you feel depressed, it really can cause physical and mental damage. There are so many negative effects that I don’t even have time to list them all – seriously.
But why are so many of us skipping workouts and picking up a burger then? Simply put: it’s convenient. We humans will normally do what is the most convenient and least energy expending – it’s in our nature – and that is exactly what these two offer.
So what are we to do when we are on-the-go and need a convenient food source? What are we to do when it’s 6:30pm and you still have to make food for the family? Keep it simple, keep it healthy, and thus keep it convenient and sustainable. Remember these easy tips:
- Whole foods are your friend – avoid the highly processed stuff out there
- Frozen fruits and veggies are super quick to make in the microwave and just as healthy
- Fruits and whey protein can make for a great on-the-go supercharging snack
- Frozen fish is an easy meal to bake. Pop a few on a pan, put it in the oven, and done
- No sugar laden drinks – water is also your friend
- If you can’t read most of the ingredients then you should probably move on
- Plan your trips out. Always have a plan that doesn’t involve eating fast food each meal
We realize you can’t always avoid fast food but when you combine the regular consumption of it with an inactive lifestyle then you set yourself up for poor health. But by having a plan and sticking to whole foods you can avoid being like the increasing cohort of people that are setting themselves up for dietary and physical fitness failure!
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