The principle 80/20 is no diet — it’s a lifestyle change that can lead to sustainable weight loss. It is true that with restrictive diet in a short time you can lose a lot of weight, but unfortunately, in most cases the pounds are quickly back when you quit your diet. Therefore, it is always better to keep healthy all the time. The only question is how to do it?
When you practice Principle 80/20, you have the space to go out socially and enjoy a meal (or a cocktail!) with friends, but most importantly, it makes the whole clean-living thing feel doable for the long run. It requires a change in eating habits that lead to obesity and it is not so difficult.
The principle 80/20 will not make you anti-social being who must leave the restaurant or a drink with friends. On the contrary!
The rule is very simple: 80 percent of the time you focus on eating clean, good-for-you foods, and 20 percent of the time you have the freedom to indulge as you please.
The idea is 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 up for grabs. It is best to eat as many fresh vegetables and fruits, less processing the foods, and drink plenty of water. Such foods are low in calories, and you will not gain weight but it is rich in fiber, so you will be full longer.
The advice is to eat 20 percent of junk food once a week, and not to count those 20 percent every day!
This diet principle is ideal for those who want to improve their overall health and reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.
If you doubt the effectiveness of 80/20 principle, look the Hollywood success stories. Jessica Alba’s personal trainer Yumi Lee credited the 80/20 rule for Jessica’s ability to maintain her healthy weight. Actress Olivia Man, supermodels Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bundchen, NFL player Tom Brady say they have never felt better since on this mode.
Miranda Kerr explained how the Principle 80/20 has done wonders for her. Without guilt or conditions placed on meal choices, Miranda says, “Food is my friend, and consistency is the key. I believe that everything in moderation is best.”