DALLAS -- Hey America, it might be time to get in to shape. According to a new study out of Oregon State University, only 2.7% of U.S. adults live a healthy life style.
“I think it's really hard for Americans to find time to get the motivation to go for a run or hit the gym,” said John Fife.
“A lot of us try and we'll go for three months and then life happens,” Tony Greenleaf told NewsFix.
Researchers studied nearly 5,000 folks and based on four different criteria: diet, exercise, body fat, and whether they smoked found some scary stats.
“The parameters where these four things they looked at to actually define someone as fit is so narrow that I don't think anyone should worry about it,” said personal trainer Rob Lord.
Lord who has been in the health game a long time owns his own gym, the Alpha Project, in Dallas and he says the study based many of their findings on the USDA’s recommended diet which he says isn’t a one size fits all solution for health.
“You have to have a healthy diet to be fit, but they're defining healthy diet as what the USDA says is healthy and that’s a real low protein diet.”
The USDA says you should eat 46 to 56 grams of protein a day.
“If you know anyone who spends anytime at a gym and likes to work out, they're eating 2-3 times that amount of protein."
Lord says even though the study maybe a little off it should motivate folks to getting off the couch and get fit, “It’s interesting. It’s worth taking a look at, but don’t let it discourage you.”