The words ‘diet’, ‘clean eating’, ‘detox’ are often associated with fads and failures, but the 80/20 principle is no diet. It’s a lifestyle modification that can lead to sustainable changes.
Depriving and limiting ourselves is a thing of the past and is not maintainable, so the 80/20 lifestyle has merits of balance and moderation with long term achievable concepts.
How does it work?
The basic concept is that you eat a well-balanced healthy diet 80% of the time, allowing yourself a little splurge on less-than-healthy foods the other 20% of the time without totally sabotaging your health and weight loss goals. Another positive with this way of eating is its eradication of guilt. We often allow guilt to cast a dark cloud over our day when we splurge at lunch on a Thursday, but this is often more straining on our health, associating our food with negative connotations. Maintaining a balanced mind-set about eating sees the most positive prolonged results.
What to remember?
When embarking on a healthy eating lifestyle we are notoriously bad at judging our calories, estimating portions and understanding what is well balanced. This includes estimating what exactly that 20% is. Be aware of how you categorise foods and what falls into that 20% not-so-healthy? Using the correct terminology is important, as is not being critical of your efforts. For example, using the popular term ‘Cheat Meal’ implies healthy eating is a punishment or a chore. Indulgence has a place in any sustainable eating plan. While this 20% may not be benefiting you hugely from a nutrition perspective, it nourishes you in other ways, general sanity and happiness.
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Our nutritionists can design a balanced meal plan for you, without restricting you completely. Know your portions with our pre-portioned, calorie defined meals that will help educate you on what accounts for 80%. Our nutrition team can also help you evaluate your 20% and ensure you do not over estimate how many not-so-healthy meals you are having. Why not begin your 80/20 lifestyle change with one of GourmetFuel’s balanced meal plans, saving you time, effort and money, with the support of your own personal nutritionist to finally get your nutrition on track.
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