Weekly Wellness: What is the 80/20 Rule?

11 months 2 days 2 hours ago Monday, January 08 2018 Jan 8, 2018 Monday, January 08, 2018 12:41:06 PM CST January 08, 2018 in Weekly Wellness
By: Amanda Barnes, KOMU 8 Wellness Coach

COLUMBIA - We hear about different weight loss strategies all the time. There seems to be a new one to try every time we step on the scale. So, this week, we're going to check out the "80/20 Rule."

This "rule" is fairly simple: 80 percent of the time, focus on eating clean, good-for-you foods, and 20 percent of the time, indulge as you please.

Since math can be hard, look at it like this: if you eat three square meals a day, three of those meals every week are your 20 percent "cheat" meals; if you eat five small meals a day, then seven of those small meals are "cheat" meals. Make sense?

But what do I mean by "clean eating"? Here are the basics to clean eating:

  • No Processed Food
  • Eat More Produce
  • Skip the Added Sugars
  • Look For Salt
  • Cut Back on Caffeine
  • Back Off the Booze
  • Go with Whole Grains
  • Read the Nutrition Labels

Since many of us have a tendency to overindulge through the holiday months, now that we are in the New Year, it's time to get back on track. Give the 80/20 Rule a few weeks and see if you notice any differences.

 

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