How to Improve Your Diet and Lose Weight
Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? Many have used this principle to lean down and maintain body weight.
Why is this principle so effective? Because it is sustainable. It allows you to have fun foods and treats, not restricting to the point of depreciation.
What is the 80/20 Rule?
Living by the 80/20 rule means you eat clean 80% of the time and allow for indulgent food 20% of the time.
The problem most people struggle with is the question of, “What is clean food?” Everyone’s definition seems to be somewhat different.
What is clean eating?
Clean eating is most referred to as eating whole or “real” foods. It’s also about eliminating processed foods. This two-fold system seems easy, right? Well… not exactly.
This simplistic way of approaching food can become complex, whether we like it or not. Yes, when done with mindfulness and planning it works well.
So, what’s the hard part? We’ll cover that below.
How most people approach clean eating…
Most people approach clean eating with enthusiasm. Imagine this, you find a clean eating diet plan and decide Monday is the start date. But Wednesday evening comes…
You tell yourself you’ve had two and half GREAT days of eating. You’re cravings start to catch up with you. You’ve put in a full day of work and got a call from your husband. He needs you to stop by the store to pick up a tool he needs to fix the leaky sink.
You pull out of the parking lot and stop by the local hardware store. So did everyone else. The line is long at the checkout and your stomach is growling.
As you’re standing there, you see a “health” bar with all-natural ingredients and your name all over it.
You grab it and think, “I’ll have this to tide me over until dinner. I’m starving! Plus, I’ve eaten clean for almost 3 days, and it says that it contains wholesome natural ingredients.”
You open the package and take a bite. Wow! It’s pretty tasty! You flip the label. You remember reading somewhere to look at the ingredients to make sure you can read and know what is in your food. You notice this:
- cane sugar
- dried fruit
- semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate liquor, soy lecithin)
- non-GMO glucose
- vegetable glycerin
- chicory root fiber
- citrus pectin
- natural flavor
You scan the nutrition facts and see added sugar—10 grams
The first 4 ingredients listed are sugar. Is this much sugar good for me?
This is the difficulty of eating clean. There are varying definitions of what you shouldn’t eat!
Once confusion sets in on what you should or shouldn’t eat, you give up. It’s too hard. You’ve done some homework on the subject, but there are varying opinions.
You lose hope, you’ll ever get it right and abandon the clean eating wagon.
Here’s the hope… You don’t have to ace your diet or your plan every day. When you shift your focus to the nutrients you feed your body instead of the foods, you’ll find success is achievable.
Practical and easy ways to put in place the 80/20 rule
Make a shopping list…
Start a list, put it on your fridge, and when you think of something add it to the list. Don’t throw the list away when you go to the store!
Most likely you’ll buy similar foods from week to week. When you already have a list, you’re one step closer to success.
Cruise the parameter of the store…
As a rule of thumb, most of the whole foods are on the parameter of the store, this includes:
- produce section
Make a menu…
It pays to plan. Making a menu of meals and snacks ahead of time can keep you on your plan and save you money.
Instead of an impulse buy at the checkout line—which are always overpriced—you will have on hand some carrot sticks and string cheese.
Remember…You don’t have to be perfect.
Cut yourself some slack when you make a decision you later regret.
There will be times you have no other option but to grab a burger in the drive-thru. And why not enjoy some cake and ice cream at your granddaughter’s birthday party?
If you know those times are coming up—great! Plan for them. If not, the 80/20 rule doesn’t have a rule that says give up when you mess up.
Mentioned before, it goes back to mindset. Understand you got off track, learn from it, and move on.
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