Let’s face facts. I’m never NOT going to eat another donut in my life. I’m never NOT going to crave a heaping amount of ice cream on a hot summer’s day. I’m never NOT going to say to Dan on a Sunday night “Let’s order something fun to eat!!!!” It’s just NOT going to happen. EVER. (Want to know more about how much I love desserts and will basically NEVER give them up – Check out this post: Let Them Eat Cake (or Donuts!!!))
We live in a world where there are an endless amount of diets for us to choose from. Many diets are restrictive in the fact that they tell us “Hey, you can ONLY eat clean!” or “Hey, put down that carb!!!” Buuuuut how many of these diets do you actually think you could stick to for the rest of your life?? No more donuts. Ever. No more ice cream. EVER. No more pizza, pasta, or cheese. EVER. In a world where everything is delivered to us instantaneously – we want results – and we want them fast (i.e. basically yesterday). So it may seem like these extreme restrictive diets are the way to go. But the goal here isn’t to lose weight just to gain it all back again (trust me – I’ve been there – and it sucks). The goal is to get in shape (maybe even the best shape of your life) while still being able to ENJOY your life. (Want to know more about how I lost weight while still enjoying myself – Check out last week’s blog post: How Weight Loss Really Works)
So it must seem pretty obvious now why I kneel before the temple of the 80/20 rule. It’s because it allows me to feel great about how I look (both in and out of my clothes **wink wink hey there**) as well as feel great about the life I’m living. The 80/20 rule isn’t so much a diet as it is a healthy way of living (both physically and mentally). I eat well 80% of the time and then I get a little 20% of #TreatYoSelf here and there. The 80/20 rule is a lifestyle change that can lead to sustainable weight loss – over the long term. It’s a rule about balance and moderation (a concept that sometimes rarely exists on any fad diet). When you live life by the 80/20 rule, you have the opportunity to go out to happy hour after work and enjoy a glass (or two) of wine or go out to dinner with your partner or friends, but most importantly, it makes this whole clean-living thing feel completely and totally doable – for the long run!