Unhealthy Shortcuts and Their Healthy Alternatives

Check Out These Healthy Alternatives

Simple healthy alternatives – that’s what we preach at DIY Active. Healthy alternatives allow you to free yourself from some of the typical exercise and nutrition norms. Let’s break down 2 great healthy alternatives to some commonly employed unhealthy practices that you have probably tried – check it out!

Healthy Alternatives to Improve Your Health

“Excuses are the nails used to build the house of failure” ~ Unknown

Excuses are easier than hard work. In today’s fast-paced society, humans are rushing and searching for simplicity in all aspects of life. What most fail to realize, the simple way out is causing harm to health and well-being.

We hold ourselves back from our true optimal potential by taking shortcuts or often claiming there is not enough time.

Or, how about the common excuse, it’s just is not possible.

Two Common Negative Shortcuts

1. Waist Trainer?

Apparently, waist trainer corsets are the new celebrity fad. They are made out of light fabrics such as latex that are designed to hold in unwanted fat or skin.

Many celebrities report that it has helped them slim down or lose their midsection after having a baby. They claim the more one wears it, the faster their middle molds to an hourglass shape.

Heck, I have one. According to Marie Claire, women have fainted when wearing waist trainer corsets for extended periods of time.

These contraptions aren’t healthy as they can seriously injure your body, by causing organ damage or other serious health problems. The results are not lasting, and waist trainer corsets are expensive.

Honestly, where does the fat go?

Slimming down your waist is not easy but it is attainable. The waist trainer corset is not in any way a permanent solution. A healthy alternative is walking.

The only things required for walking are a good pair of sneakers and a water bottle. Walking 30 minutes per day can help rid your middle of unwanted fat.  Health.com and many other popular sources report that walking coupled with healthy eating is an effective method for abdominal weight loss.

2. Ditch the Diet Pills

Diet pills can be extremely harmful to your health. If you desire to completely ruin your metabolism, try them. I tried them once and they worked for a short period of time.

Not only were they expensive, but I also did not feel well in the process, and when I stopped my metabolism never turned back to normal. It became difficult to lose weight. Sure diet pills are a quick and simple fix but they do more harm than good.

Do not be vulnerable, there is no quick fix to weight loss. Prevention cautions many diet pills are adulterated with unknown dangerous ingredients. Furthermore, diet pills are known to be detrimental to an individual’s cardiovascular health.

Healthy alternatives to diet pills are incorporating exercise, supplements such as fish oil and Vitamin D, and the proper diet into your daily routine.

I recommend starting slow by checking your cabinets for foods that are high in sugar and calories – throw them out. Then write down what you consume on a daily basis. You’d be surprised at the things you are consuming and can eliminate them once it is clearly written before you in black and white. Once your diet is under control – simply add exercise.

I suggest an exercise that you know you will enjoy. Walking is the most simple yet beneficial exercise.


Illustrated above are simple solutions to banish unhealthy shortcuts, they all are possible.

I cannot reinforce enough that the healthy alternatives listed above are fairly simple once you add them to a daily routine.

They will begin to come naturally. Simple things like replacing high-calorie juices with water or sleeping with your sneakers insight will give you the motivation to never give up and the strength to rid yourself of unhealthy shortcuts and excuses.


Thapoung, K. (September 2015).  Celebrities Swear by It, But is Waste Training Actually Healthy? Marie Claire.

Everett, J. (March 2013).  How to Walk Off 10 Pounds.

Trebilcock, R. (December 2011). Prevention. Diet Pill Dangers.

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