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80-20 rule

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Does anyone stick to the 80-20 rule of eating healthily 80% of the time, then treating yourself 20% of the time? do you find it works well for you?

Posted 25.10.12, 11:57am

I've never tried this but I always think it sounds like a really good eating plan. Think it would help you not to break your diet as you wouldn't feel deprived if you could still treat yourself now and then.

Posted 26.10.12, 10:06am

I think that's the most important thing, as you're not denying yourself of any one thing.

Posted 27.10.12, 11:04am

If I do that then I just want whatever it is all the more

Posted 28.10.12, 12:18pm

Same here! I try to eat pretty healthy during the week, and then have some not so healthy treats at the weekend!

Posted 29.10.12, 2:30pm

I don't maintain such a ratio. I eat whatever I like but also keep it normal and don't go for an overdose of fats. Everything in moderation is what I follow. It helps me maintain my body.

Posted 03.11.12, 12:45pm

Yep, as usual moderation wins 

Posted 03.11.12, 5:19pm

I think it's important not to deny yourself of anything. So, if you fancy some chocolate, have some! Just don't eat the entire bar...

Posted 05.11.12, 9:05am

Quoted from Rachel_Amy:

I think it's important not to deny yourself of anything. So, if you fancy some chocolate, have some! Just don't eat the entire bar...

Yep, that's the way to look at it Smile Unless you're a super dedicated athlete of some sort you don't need to worry too much about the odd treat here and there. In fact they probably don't have to either, as they burn it all off, so chocolate for all! Cool

Posted 06.11.12, 10:37am

I'd love to be an athlete, knowing I was burning off everything I ate. A calorie probably wouldn't last a second in an athlete's body!

 

Posted 07.11.12, 9:03am

I can imagine athletes have to eat quite a specialist diet though. They'll have a dietician to guide them.

Posted 08.11.12, 9:02am

Yes I reckon they would have to be really careful about what the eat and not have any junk food or alcohol. I'm really lazy too, I think I would rather watch what I eat than exercise for hours and hours every day!

Posted 09.11.12, 12:13pm

I like this rule - for me it's weekdays health button is on - weekends it's flipped off....

Posted 09.11.12, 1:46pm

Same here! 

Posted 10.11.12, 6:50pm

Quoted from hannah_mc:

Yes I reckon they would have to be really careful about what the eat and not have any junk food or alcohol. I'm really lazy too, I think I would rather watch what I eat than exercise for hours and hours every day!

I should try to be more like this - especially when you see how long it can take to burn off a bag of crips!

Posted 11.11.12, 12:20pm

I'm trying to watch what I eat during the week when i'm at work, but then allowing myself a bit of latitude at weekends. I'm operating the E.S.P. diet (eat smaller portions).

Posted 13.11.12, 10:23am