When it comes to my health, fitness, and nutrition, I have a few rules in place that help me stay the course.
One of them, I call my 80/20 rule.
Let me explain.
Eating healthy, particularly for weight loss, takes a commitment.
You don’t just say you’d like to lose weight and be healthy, you have to actually create a plan and stay focused in order to see results. But, one thing I have noticed with so many of my fellow weight loss enthusiasts is that when they participate in a stringent, straight and narrow weight loss path, they become weary pretty early on. They may be able to maintain the rigidity of staying the course for a short period, but inevitably, they wander off (or run away from) that path.
In other words, they crash their “crash” diets!
Unknowingly, they set themselves up for failure, because it’s completely unrealistic to never treat yourself to the pleasures of fine foods.
Let me give a shout out here to Weight Watcher’s, as their program is designed to allow from some type of indulgent free choice foods that when eaten according to the program guidelines still allows you to lose weight. Some other programs also have a “cheat day”, where 6 days of the week, you eat a specific plan, and on the 7th day you are able to indulge in any food that you desire. And I am sure there are other programs that allow for indulgences. However, I’m referring to super low calorie diets and those that have you eating the same food every day. (more…)