What is the 80/20 Rule?
Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule?
What it means is that good health and weight loss is 80% about nutrition and 20% about working out. You can work out like a maniac and still be overweight. Don’t get me wrong…exercise is important and you need to fuel your body for success, but if you ignore nutrition, you’re really wasting your time. The 80/20 rule came straight from Tony Horton’s Fitness Camp seminars. (Actually, Tony follows a 90/10 rule, so apply this according to your personal goals.)
Here’s the good news—figuring it out isn’t impossible and it’s not even rocket science. I know there are going to be foods that you just don’t like. For the most part, that’s okay. But, I strongly encourage you to try new foods. And, understand that, initially, you may simply be responding to the effects of an addiction to sugar. Our modern diet is way too high in sugar and other forms of refined carbohydrates. Combine that with the fact that sodium is added to nearly every processed food, and you have a recipe for a serious addiction to unhealthy foods. Let’s break that cycle.
As you will see below, I cite Mark Sisson’s materials extensively. I cannot thank him enough for his books—The Primal Blueprint and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook—and his informative blog, Mark’s Daily Apple. There is simply no better source for easy-to-understand and scientifically-based nutrition information.
Here’s a video where I discuss my thoughts on nutrition and what works for me. Everyone needs to tailor their nutrition plan to their fitness goals, but these are some general rules that I think work.
Check out my post on what I believe are the foundations of a healthy diet—6 Healthy Eating Tips. These are just my thoughts based on my experiences and my experiments with several different nutrition plans (not “diets”), beginning with the P90X Nutrition Guide.
So, the bottom line—try to make 80% of the foods you eat be healthy whole foods that meet all of the criteria above. If you can do that, then the other 20% won’t hurt you too much. If your diet isn’t particularly good at this time, applying the 80/20 Rule will be a huge improvement.
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