When it comes to eating keto, most people dive into the deep end, shooting for a perfect 100% adherence. But according to various studies and nutrition experts (not to mention all of our personal experience) the secret to sustainable weight control might not lie in rigid, unwavering perfection, but in a more flexible concept known as the 80/20 rule. Let's unpack this.
The 80/20 rule, or the Pareto Principle, translates into eating keto about 80% of the time, leaving that 20% bit of wiggle room that you might need for all of life's unexpected turns. We believe eating keto or low-carb isn't a diet. It's an empowering lifestyle change that grants you the freedom to enjoy food without guilt while still maintaining a generally low-carb lifestyle.
Striving for 100% dietary perfection can often lead to an all-or-nothing mentality. Slip-ups, which are inevitable, become major setbacks, leading to guilt and discouragement. The 80/20 rule, in contrast, accommodates for the ebb and flow of life, making room for the occasional treat. If you couple that will all the great keto options you already have, you don't have to feel like you're depriving yourself! (Hello keto pizza)
Perhaps one of the most significant advantages of the 80/20 approach is the psychological relief it brings. Strict adherence to keto can feel isolating at social events, especially when most of the menu is off-limits. The Pareto Principle allows for some leeway, enabling you to partake in the social aspect of eating without guilt or stress.
Remember, the aim is not just weight control, but overall health. And health, like life, is not a sprint but a marathon. The 80/20 rule gives you the tools to run this marathon sustainably and with grace, accepting the occasional stumble and getting back on track, instead of chasing the mirage of perfection that leaves you dehydrated and defeated.
The Pareto principle brings balance, flexibility, and sustainability to eating keto. It makes room for life's joys while keeping us committed to a low-carb lifestyle. This flexibility also fosters a healthier relationship with food, helping you escape the vicious cycle of guilt and bingeing that often follows 'cheat' days.
With that in mind, there are instances we strongly recommend sticking to keto 100%. When you first start keto, it is critical to stick to keto to allow your body the chance to adapt. Our keto meal packages are designed to make eating 100% keto super easy and stress free!
There are also instances when indulging in a high sugar treat is not advised at all, if you're managing diabetes or other medical conditions.
We also in no way recommend loading your body full of sugar or processed foods as a part of the 80/20 rule. This approach is meant to allow you the freedom to, enjoy your nonna's pasta when you make a trip to see her, or enjoy your first ice cream of the season, without worrying about having that spiral you into a high carb high sugar frenzy!
If you've been eating keto / low-carb for years now, you may be better of trying to follow then 80 20 rule, especially in the summer when social events seem to be at an all time high.
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