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Eat CLEAN: The 80/20 Rule for Maximum Fitness!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the 80/20 Rule when it comes to fitness. For anyone who

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hasn’t, it’s simple. The key to achieving optimum fitness is 80% what you eat and 20% physical exercise.

What does this mean? Realizing your fitness goals, whether they be weight loss, toning upbuilding muscle, or improving cardiovascular endurance is greatly affected by what you fuel your body with.

Junk IN = Junk OUT

Some people get bogged down or stressed trying to figure out what or how to eat. The perfect way to simplify everything is to EAT CLEAN. Cutting out processed foods is half the battle. Once you’ve done that, making sure you are eating a healthy balance of fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats is pretty much all there is to it.

Now I’ve heard many times that people don’t understand how I can eat what I eat or eat how I eat. Let me say that once you make a habit of something (hopefully a good habit) it becomes a part of you, a regular part of your daily life, and you don’t look at it as some unimaginable thing, you just see it as what you do, like brushing your teeth.

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Don’t forget to have fun with this! Eating cleanly doesn’t have to be something you dread. Buy foods that you enjoy and find ways to prepare food that, while healthy, you may not enjoy as much. For example, spinach has never been a favorite of mine, but its incredibly good for you, so what do I do? I sometimes make a spinach and egg white omelet. I put a healthy spin on a food that, alone, I don’t enjoy. My egg white spinach omelets with a little feta cheese…DELICIOUS!

With that being said, do I cheat? Of course. We all do. The difference is to know how and when its okay. Self control is a biggie, but the cleaner you eat and the longer you practice clean eating, the easier it is to stick to.

Try it out. Take a look at your average daily diet and make a change. Pick one or two things you can swap out and replace with something better, cleaner. Start slowly and build your new diet one meal at a time. If you can make one huge overhaul of your diet in one swoop, go for it. Remember to always do what works for you, and do what you are going to stick with. No sense in forcing yourself to do something you will only do for 1 day, then quit.

Don’t just pick a healthy plan, pick YOUR healthy plan. It will take some work, hard work, and a few times falling off the horse, but guess what? You’d be surprised at what you can accomplish. I’m surprised by myself all the time.

Good Luck!

Please share with me what you are doing to improve your diet, or what you already do! I want to hear!

– Letisha

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