The 10% Rule

Heather Hall

This article, entitled Bend But Don’t Break!, comes from partner site Body OverHall.

So you have decided you are going on a low carb high protein diet, filled with salads, baked chicken, and steamed broccoli. You vow you are going to stick with it for the rest of your life. You also vow you will l never even look at piece of chocolate cake again. A few weeks, maybe even a few months go by, you are miserable, and no fun to be around anymore, and want to lash out at anyone you see eating any form of sugar. Then it happens! You lose it, and eat everything that was ever on your list of forbidden foods within 5 minutes leaving your kitchen looking like Cookie Monster raided your pantry.

How many times has this happened to you? Why does it keep happening? Many people feel the need that they have to be perfect when they decide to lose weight. How about trying a different approach this time? What if I told you it was okay to bend the rules up to 10% of the time? We call this the 10% rule. The 10% rule allows you to bend or “fall of the wagon” just a little bit, in order to keep you sane.

“So what is this 10% rule you speak of?”

The 10% rule, allows you to eat foods that may not be considered healthy, skip meals or even skip your lean protein and veggies with a meal.

Say you eat 6 small meals a day, 7 days a week, which totals 42 meals in a week. So, 4 to 5 of those meals can be cheats or missed meals. Maybe in one week you, missed breakfast, had a candy bar for a snack, skipped your veggies at lunch, or had an extra serving of pasta for supper, those would be considered your 10% meals for the week. All your other meals for the week were compliant, including lean meats, fresh veggies, and healthy fats. You should still be able to see results even with your 10% cheats.

Use common sense and don’t completely pig out with your cheats. Enjoy them, and be mindful while doing so. Instead of trying to be 100% perfect, think about getting to let loose and bend 10% of the time.

Be Well,

Heather Hall
Body OverHALL, LLC
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