Does the 80/20 rule actually get you results?

Imagine an eating plan where you can enjoy your favorite, less healthy foods in moderation and still get results!

Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight knows how difficult it is to stick to a strict diet.

The word “diet” alone makes me feel instantly deprived. Which then puts me on the slippery slope toward splurging on high calorie, high fat foods, just because I told myself I COULDN’T have them.

If you agree, you’ll probably like the sound of the 80/20 rule. 

Following the 80/20 rule gives you permission to indulge in your favorite foods as long as you eat really healthy the rest of the time.

For example, I eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day, that’s 35 meals a week. That means 28 of my meals are on track and healthy, and 7 of my meals are slightly off. 

Now when I say “slightly off meals,” I’m not implying that I’m going and having a Big Whopper, fries and a milkshake 7x a week. It’s more like tacos or a homemade pizza for dinner without my normal cup and a half of non-starchy veggies. 

Restrictive eating is rarely successful because it’s extremely difficult to do long term. When we set too many rules we eventually find ourselves back at square one.

Allowing yourself a few indulgences here and there may help you stick with your healthy eating plan long term! 

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