80/20 Rule

March 8, 2021


We believe everyone needs a sustainable plan that lets you enjoy every experience to the fullest without feeling guilty. After all, eating is an experience, and it should be enjoyed in every way. We all need a plan that allows you to make room for the things you love without giving up on your health.

Essentially a healthy diet includes a balance of nutrients that help to support all bodily functions. A balanced diet includes a combination of macronutrients that supply the body with energy. The three macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Most foods contain a combination of these macronutrients.

Protein should generally make up around 15% to 25% of your diet. Protein can help to fill you up and keep you feeling full.

Carbohydrates should generally make up around 45% to 50% of your diet. But when we talk about carbohydrates, we’re not talking about bread and pasta! The main source of carbohydrates in the diet should include complex and fibrous carb foods.

Fats should generally make up about 20% to 35% of your diet. Fat is used in the body as a way of storing energy in the body. Fat in food doesn’t necessarily make you fat – even though it contains more calories per gram than carbohydrates or protein.

The 80/20 Plan allows you 4 meals out of the week or 6 days out of the month, where you can splurge a bit for your 20%.

The 80/20 rule is everything in moderation in action: You eat healthy 80 percent of the time and indulge 20 percent of the time. A good rule of thumb to follow when striving to follow the 80/20 meal plan is to fill up your plate with lean protein, fruit, and veggies and leave 20 percent of your plate for indulgences. This helps you practice portion control and will ensure you’re getting plenty of the macro and micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables that your body needs to be healthy and fit before fulfilling any unhealthy cravings.

A few considerations with the 80/20 plan

To succeed with the 80/20 plan there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind:

It’s important to be intentional about your choices and mindful about how much and how often you indulge. Food is an experience, and it’s meant to be enjoyed in every way.

Happy Eating!

Salus Team

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