One of the most common suggestions I hear when talking to other clients is that they just eat really well 80% of the time and allow leniency 20% of the time.
I’m not here to debunk that rule and tell you that for you to be the healthiest and best version of yourself you must eat well 100% of the time but I am going to talk about what that really means.
There are seven days in a week and eating 3-4 meals a day brings you to 21-28 meals every week. So for you to be really adhering to this rule you would still eat 22.5 (if you eat 4 times a day on average) well-balanced meals per week. As you can see when we break down that rule that leaves you with one meal/snack a day that you can be a little bit more lenient with a meal.
This is something that can easily be done incorrectly due to simply not paying attention to what exactly 80% and 20% looks like.
So if you’re trying to simplify eating with this one simple rule, then one thing that I would highly advise is keeping a journal of your food intake.
This is for 2 simple reasons
1) It will be good to be able to refer back so you can see what you have consumed throughout the day and not overlook anything from earlier
2) We can also keep an eye on any particular intolerances that the body may have from certain foods.
The 80%/20% rule is a great rule for most people to find that balance and create a lifestyle instead of a diet. But just like any new routine/lifestyle change, it will take some time to get used to, so make sure in the beginning you journal/track your food so you can make sure you’re adhering to the rule.