Everyone knows that trying to lose weight can really bring on the stress. Instead of stressing out about your diet all day every day, the 80/20 rule allows you a little leniency to help take some of the weight off of your shoulders (and waistline).
The 80/20 rule is incredibly easy.
80% of the time, eat nourishing, nutrient-dense foods. 20% of the time, don’t worry about it.
So what does eating 80% HEALTHY and 20% CRAPPY really look like
First, let’s look at a week’s worth of eating. If you are eating 3 meals a day, 1 snack each day, and maybe 1 dessert every day, you’re eating about 5 times a day. That’s 35 different times every week you have to make food choices.
It’s easier than it sounds, we promise. This just means that 80% of the time (28 times per week) you should work hard to choose real, nourishing food. This can include anything from pasture-raised eggs, wild seafood, locally sourced meat, homemade broth, gelatin, raw whole grass fed dairy, grains, beans, lentils, organic fruits and veggies, and food fats like grass fed butter and coconut oil.
The other 20% of the time (7 times per week), you are allowed to relax and eat things like white flour pasta, a crusty bread at an Italian restaurant, and so on. You can eat cookies, a big pile of potato chips, or even a few slices of meatloaf. Just relax and enjoy!
Although, you shouldn’t believe that this is a completely magic formula. Being lenient about food 7 times a week doesn’t mean that you can eat 7 big mac meals per week. The way that the 80/20 rule is broken down takes snacks into consideration, so part of that 20% should be along the lines of having a few cookies as a snack instead of a rice cake, not exchanging a healthy dinner for a bucket of friend chicken.