Wednesday, June 20, 2012

80/20 Rule

My cousin had posted this article on her FB page yesterday and it really got me thinking.  Basically, what Mr. Nate (aka Mr. Muscles, Ninja, all-around bad-ass) has to say is that you have just so many chances to impact your body on a daily basis.  His example was, if you were to perform 5 cardio sessions and 4 weight training sessions per week, that is 9 chances to make a change to your body.  Now if you were to count how many times you eat--either 3 meals a day or 4-5 small snacks or meals, that equates to 21-35 chances to make a change to your body. 

So if we then convert that to percentages, that equals about 20% of your body composition is due to exercise and 80% is due to what we eat. 

If you want to look good, 80% of your results are determined by the food you eat.

That is a not-so-good revelation for me.  But it also explains why even though I am exercising almost every day, that little roll of fat around my waist doesn't seem to go anywhere.  You can't quite see my six-pack.  You know it's there, but it's just a bit hidden.  I suppose french fries, Mt. Dew and that delicious fried haddock sandwich are not helping me a whole lot.

I guess I'll go get me a bag of kale and a tin of blueberries.

What do you think about the 80/20 rule? 



Terzah said...

I agree that this is probably true and it's not happy news for me either. My diet isn't horrible, but it's not "clean" and I have little of the patience and planning time to make it so. Sigh. I do wonder if this isn't what's standing between me and my marathon goals.

Running With The Girls said...

Is it really 80/20? Wow. I really do just enjoy what I want when I want it but tend to just eat more of the healthy stuff.