It may come as no surprise that only 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. That’s because most resolutions seem to be about cutting back, doing without and eating less of what you love. This year, get more out of life. Don’t set yet another resolution that will be abandoned by February. Don’t set yourself for failure. Instead, think of being healthy as an 80/20 balance.
The 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 rule isn’t another limiting fad diet, it’s a new way of thinking about your health. It’s simple; eat clean 80% of the time, which means you have the freedom to indulge 20%. And we get it, during the holidays you were probably doing more like 40/60. That’s why now is the time to get back on track. Nobody can be on top of their game 100% of the time (okay, maybe Beyonce), so it’s ok to leave a little room to indulge. In the words of Gigi Hadid “Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane.”
So what’s the key to making the 80/20 rule stick? Eat what you love. Check out our blog that makes eating healthy easy and delicious. Forget the concept of “diet food,” and just eat real food. It’s all about eating whole, nutritious meals without added ingredients and preservatives. After all, the 80/20 rule isn’t a diet at all, it’s a lifestyle. Instead of depriving yourself of what you love, strive to strike a healthy balance. You can still have Taco Tuesday and even enjoy that margarita, free of guilt. If you’re “good” most of the time, you can be a little “bad” sometimes.
Since math is hard, the magical 80/20 formula also applies to the relationship between eating well and staying fit. Fitness is 80% what you put into your body and 20% exercise and physical activity. You can live in the gym, but if you’re not feeding your body the proper nutrition, you’re not going to see your desired results. If your New Year’s resolution is all about fitness, make sure you’re also eating healthy foods to give yourself the best chance at success!