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80/20 Lifestyle

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** I would like to preface this, before you ever start trying to lose weight, you must remember that you are already beautiful the way you are and you must develop a healthy relationship with yourself and with your body. If you are wanting to lose weight due to a recent medical diagnosis, please seek advice not only from me but also from your local nutritionist as well. **

Time and time again I see a lot of people trying to lose weight, and these people want to lose weight quickly, as if a miracle will happen over night with the help of whatever fad diet that they have chosen. Then I see other people just barely eating nothing in order to lose the weight, which in turn makes their body system shut down and begin to starve and feast on whatever fat content that is stored. Fad diets and eating very little are very unhealthy and should not be approached at all. In fact, there have been many studies on all of the fad diets out there (especially with the ones that requires you to take pills), that show the consequences of what could potentially happen to your body if you were to go down this path. During the summer of 2015, a young lady from the United Kingdom named Eloise (may she rest in peace) passed away after taking diet pills that were jam packed with high chemical toxins. This unfortunate event had taken a young lady from her family and friends, from living healthy, from ever getting married or having children, and it certainly took her away from the fact that she would never be able to pursue her passions and dreams.

We live in a society where we are constantly bombarded by the media and the rest of society to feel like we need to have a specific body shape and be at a certain weight just be “hot”, and quite honestly it sickens me. We live in a messed up society and no one should be feeling like they need to lose weight in such a drastic way, that it leads them to death. On top of that, Adolphe Quetelet (mathematician and astronomer) who had created the Body Mass Index has been quoted several times to thousands of people that you must be “this many pounds” for your height. Which in all honesty is inaccurate. This is due to the fact that Body Mass Index does not take everything into consideration. Each person is different, especially when it comes to their bodies. You have to take into consideration how tall you are, your organs, whether you are ovulating or on your period (ladies), what you have just eaten, also the bone density.

Now, there is a healthier way of losing the weight that you are wanting to lose, and it is called the 80/20 rule. I actually live with this rule, and personally I  think it is fantastic. The 80/20 rule is summed up to this: you eat healthy 80% of the time, and you indulge 20% of the time. So you can enjoy that lean meat with roasted vegetables, and also have a slice of that tiramisu that you have had your eyes on. This is the best of both worlds, because you are balancing your body with the nutrients you desperately need, while also enjoying a little sinful delight. Eating in the 80/20 manner, while adding exercise will ultimately help you lose the weight. Keep in mind, when you start getting healthier and wanting to lose weight, it will take time. It will not happen miraculously over night, and it will not happen with a snap of the fingers.

Personally I don’t like to call it a rule, but that is what it is known as, however I call it a lifestyle. This lifestyle is suited for everyone on this planet. And it is a lot healthier and a lot safer to do, then to shove diet pills down your throat and hope for the best. As a Certified Mind Body Fitness Coach, I highly recommend this. If by some chance you are a little unsure about how to go about it, and would like more information, do not hesitate to get a hold of me.

4 thoughts on “80/20 Lifestyle

  1. Such a good article!

    Got any ideas for women who are perimenopausal and who now manage to put on weight without even trying? That’s me by the way.

    I have put on a stone since July and yet my eating habits have not changed. Missed five consecutive monthlies now. I gave up smoking, also since July but, no, I haven’t been picking at sweets and biscuits. Part of me wishes I had been, at least then that stone would have come with a bit of pleasure attached 🙂

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    1. Since you have stopped smoking, you are likely to gain weight from that as well. Due to the fact that your body is trying to compensate for the nicotine withdrawal.
      Do you drink alcohol of any sort? If so, then you will want to taper off. Just like smoking, alcohol can lead to weight gain when you really don’t want it; however, if you taper off of alcohol, you will gain weight for a brief period of time while your body is trying to adjust to the new “environment”, so to speak.

      Preimenopause is a little bit tricky, however it can be done for you to lose the weight. Here are a few things you need to consider.
      – Set a bedtime and make it realistic. This is due to the fact that you, as an adult woman, needs roughly 8 to 9 hours of sleep. You may think you don’t, but in reality you do. When you get 8 to 9 hours of sleep, your body is able to digest the rest of the meals you had eaten that day and also be able to relax while you do so. Getting the recommended hours of sleep, eventually does lead to weight loss.

      – Exercise. Even though I barely talked about it in this post, exercise is truly important for you in everyday life anyways, and when it comes to losing weight, it will help you immensely. Do exercises that you enjoy. What do you like to do? Do you like to run, dance, hike, swim? Whatever it is, do that and you will slowly see a difference.

      -Calcium and multivitamins. Calcium is great for your body overall. It helps strengthen you bone density and helps your mind as well. Talk to your physician if you feel the need to talk about calcium or any other multivitamin that you might need. Keep in mind, most of what your physician gives you will contain traces of chemicals, so bring this up to your physician and learn the consequences of it as well.

      – Food journal. Documenting what you eat for the first thirty days will show you what you have been putting into your body. Think about it, more than half of the food that is gracing our grocery stores are all prepackaged and boxed up for us to take home with us and devour it. Those prepackaged meals and snacks are doing you more harm than good. If you find yourself consuming more processed, prepackaged foods that you get from your grocery store, then it is time start tossing that out and step into the kitchen. Cooking your own meals from scratch, gardening, and having your own little farm (if you are unable to have one, then see your local butcher for clean meat — that means meat that has not been injected with hormones), will save you not only money, but will save your body in the process. With you preparing, growing, and cooking your food; you are able to see what goes into your body. Remember, sweets are not all that horrible. If you ever want a healthy sweet recipe, just let me know.

      Hope that helps you. xx

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      1. Thank you for taking the time to do such a detailed reply!

        No I don’t drink alcohol whatsoever. I cook food from scratch, rarely eat anything processed. It looks as if I am doing most of the good things you suggest but I shall attend to the ones I am not. Thanks again, much appreciated 🙂

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  2. That is good that you do not drink alcohol, that is one less thing to worry about.

    Also, I would like to recommend that if there is a spa or gym in your area, head over there and talk to one of the personal trainers. They can certainly help you with losing weight and toning up. The reason why I make this recommendation is that personal trainers are known for creating workout plans are designated only for you and your goals. For example, they might have you do 15 to 20 burpees, 25 mountain climbers, have you do some cardio of some sort. Also at the spas and gyms, they have classes that you can take, that way you have a teacher to help you along the way.

    I would like to remind you that you should develop a healthy relationship with your body. And also would like you to do something. Every morning, when you are getting ready for the day, I want you to stand naked in front of your mirror and name five things that you like about yourself as a person, and also that you like about your body. Do this every morning for the rest of the year. I guarantee that you will have a better understanding of your body.

    May I ask, how tall are you and how much do you weight?

    Very welcome, and remember, I am always here if you ever wish to talk. And if you ever want to have more of a private one on one with me, just send me an email.

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