Should You Follow the 80/20 Diet?

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Most of you are informed about the 80/20 rule of eating, and even many celebs swear by it, such as Jillian Michaels, Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba. About this diet Australian chef Teresa Cutter even wrote a book.

It is interesting to see why this diet has so many famous fans. The main fact is that this diet is not perfectly “clean,” as the people who follow it are encouraged to eat about 80% healthy food. If we simplify it, you can eat healthy during the week, however, you can afford yourself to get that food that you really like even it doesn’t belong to the list of healthy foods.

Is that type really healthy?

The experts and the people who already experienced it, claim that it can help you maintain a balanced mindset about eating. According to Rachael Hartley, RD, a dietitian at Avocado A Day Nutrition LLC, not only the people who are eating ‘perfectly’ are healthy. The percentage of 20% of foods that are not listed in health foods, will not damage your health at all.

Whatever is in your mind to eat, such an ice cream sundae, burger or Italian pasta meal can motivate you to stick to healthy habits at other times of following the health diet, but remember – follow the rule 80/20.

What are shortcomings?

Even that way will put you on a trajectory to count calories, assessing how much you really eat and estimating portions, to make sense how much that 20% of our diet is.

To consider how the people categorize the foods that belong to that 20% category is the key to making it work properly.

Eventually, you should know that those habits have a place in any well-balanced eating plan, even the 20% may not be contributing much nutritiously, and these foods can contribute in other ways.

How can you practice it?

In that 80% of health food, you can fill your plate with foods like veggies, whole grains, fruit, nuts, legumes, lean meats, dairy, and fish. Your 20% can be any food you want, so, stick to foods you truly love. Those treats will work motivationally.

How you can follow this diet will be your personal choice, so make a plan as you like but follow the rule 80/20. For instance, you can eat nutritiously most of the time and fit in one or two small indulgences a day.

Hartley suggests intuitive eating—listening to your body, following your intuition when indulging and feeding it nutritious foods most of the time.  She, also explains that eating like this can be done even without really thinking about it.

If you’ve tried this type of diet and you’re not seeing the results you want it is recommended aiming for 90/10.

It means that you can look forward to two freebie meals per week, and this method reduces the risk of overeating, which is of great importance here, as overeating – getting extra calories will reverse you to the beginning of this process and can negate all of your hard work explains additionally  dietitian Christine Palumbo, RDN..

At the end, the message is clear: eat what you want but in a moderate way.

Sources: www.health.com