“Much of the country was under quarantine from March to May, so we all faced similar health challenges - no gyms and limited food options. Yet, our data analysis found most of these healthy users actually got healthier." ~Henrik Torstensson, CEO of Lifesum,
LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) July 27, 2020
A new analysis by the nutrition app, Lifesum, has identified the behavior patterns of people who not only lost weight but also got healthier during the height of the national quarantine.
Analysts with Lifesum reviewed more than 102,000 users to see what the healthiest Americans did during the peak quarantine - from March 29th to May 9th - compared to people who didn’t achieve their health goals. The goal of the analysis was to identify prominent behavior routines that healthy Americans follow so others can learn from them.
The healthiest Americans were identified by their user’s Lifescore - the user’s overall health rating based on their physical activity, diet, weight, and lifestyle. Healthy people in the analysis had a “Perfect” or “Healthy” rating.
Among the major findings from the quarantine data analysis: healthy people drank more water; ate more snacks but with fewer calories; ate more vegetables; didn’t let the quarantine prevent them from exercising.
The CEO of Lifesum, Henrik Torstensson, says the data can serve as a guidepost to healthy living despite life obstacles such as quarantines.
“Much of the country was under quarantine from March to May, so we all faced similar health challenges - no gyms and limited food options,” said Torstensson. “Yet, our data analysis found healthy people continued to stick with their plan. In fact, most of these healthy users actually got healthier during the quarantine. As much of the country remains under new quarantines, this analysis provides us a real roadmap to staying healthy in this social distancing era.”
DATA ANALYSIS: What Healthy People Do Differently During Quarantine
- Healthy people drank 50 percent more water in April and 60 percent more water in May - compared to people with an average Lifescore.
- Healthy users ate 10-15 percent more snacks than average users, suggesting they might have taken an unconventional approach to fight off hunger.
- Healthy users selected snacks that had fewer calories than snacks average users ate - 155 calories per snack compared to 175 calories for average people.
- Healthy people ate 130 percent more vegetables than average people.
- For both healthy and average users, roughly half of all exercise was walking, but healthy users were about twice as likely to either run or do strength training, despite the quarantine.
- Healthy users tracked about 40 percent (rising to 60 percent by May) more exercise sessions than average users - or 11 sessions per week compared to 7.
- Healthy users tracked about 110 percent more exercise minutes - 300 per week compared to 130.
“This data analysis reinforces how nutrition influences our health in many ways more than exercise,” said Torstensson. “For most people, spending more time at the gym is usually the first thing that comes to mind, but that’s not really the case. Better nutrition and eating healthy on a consistent basis is the primary path to getting healthier.”
Lifesum is a nutrition app that allows its 45 million users to log what they eat and drink, when they exercise, and other lifestyle habits on the app. The app creates personalized plans for each user to help them achieve their wellness goals, whether that be to get more fit, lose weight, or to lead a healthier lifestyle. Lifesum ranks in the Top 10 in the Health & Fitness section in the App Store and is the Editors' Choice on Google Play. Consumers can download Lifesum for free on iOS or Android.