Ask Joe: TV Dinners, Workout Time, And Scales That Lie

Happy Friday everyone! Here is another round of rapid fire ask joefitness questions!

“I have been eating a lot of Healthy Choices, but they have a lot of sodium. The American Heart Association recommends them. The prices are great! What is the solution to this?”

The sodium comes from the preservatives and flavor additives that you find in Healthy Choices and other “heat and eat” meals. This can easily be fixed by making your own ready-to-go meals. Now I know it might not be as convenient, however it is by far the healthiest way. As far as taste goes, it’s by far the best tasting way too!

My go to heat and eat meal is steamed broccoli, tuna, and shredded cheese. Put frozen broccoli in a tupperware container, along with a bit of water, heat in a microwave for 2 minutes, drain, and add the tuna and cheese! Viola! I have a quick healthy meal without the additives.

“I sometimes don’t have enough time to workout so my workouts get really short, how long does my workout need to be effective?”

First off, any workout is a better than no workout. You should be getting at least 30 minutes per day of moderate intensity exercise. On top of that you should be strength training at least 2 days per week. Workouts don’t need to be marathon sessions at the gym, as long as the workouts are intense enough 30 minutes is fine. Remember, no workout routine will be as effective if it isn’t accompanied by a healthy diet!

“Hey joe! I weigh myself everyday and it seems like the scale is never consistent. Is this normal? “

The scale doesn’t always give you a good picture of what your body is actually doing. The whole process of eating to exiting(you know what I mean) takes anywhere between 12 to 24 hours. This can lead to frustration on the scale. Instead, take the focus off of the scale and measure your weight loss progress by how your clothes fit, your energy levels, or before and after pictures.

If you have an fitness question you would like me to answer, leave a comment below or send me an email at joe [at]!