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Weight Loss Hack: The 80/20 Rule of Which You Should Be Aware

Weight Loss Hack: The 80/20 Rule of Which You Should Be Aware

How many of you are not happy with your current body? 

And why is that so?

I have asked this question to many people, and the majority of them answer that they are not happy because they want to lose some weight.

They know that weight loss is awesome, there are so many benefits of losing weight: increased confidence, reduced risks of heart attack (and other diseases), increase of life span, and many more.

But why is it so hard for them to lose weight?

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I mean, take a look at your friends or family. You will notice that there will be a friend or relative of yours who did a lot of exercises, but is still not losing any weight: you saw them running in the park often, or maybe when you try to reach them, they are unavailable because they are attending yoga class? So why are they still fat?

Well, it might surprise you, but the reality is, lots of people just focus on the wrong stuff. They focus on stuff that doesn’t really matter, the one that requires lots of effort but yields only small results.

If you ask your friends (or anyone) on how to lose weight, majority of them will answer naturally: exercise more. “Start running three times a week, sign up for gym membership, do push ups every night before you sleep.”

But what if that’s just a false belief that contradict the science of weight loss?

A study published by International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity to compare three groups of post-menopause women: first group focus on eating better food, second group focus on exercise, and the third group focus on both food and exercise.

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The study founds that after 12 months, the group who eats better actually lost around 7.2 kilograms (8.5% thinner), while the group who focus on exercise but eat normally, only lost two kilograms (2.5% thinner). The third group who focus on both food and exercise lost the most, which is 8.9 kilograms (10.8% thinner). (http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/8/1/118)

PARETO PRINCIPLE: THE 80/20 RULE

    You might have heard of the Pareto principle. Also called the 80/20 Rule, it was named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who, in 1906 observed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.

    Basically, the principle states that, for many events, roughly 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes.

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    The Pareto Principle also applies to your weight loss.

    Based on the earlier study, we can conclude that:

    Food is the 20-percent cause on which you should focus because it will affect 80 percent of your weight loss outcome.

    So, what action can I do TODAY to improve my food to be healthier? Here’s some examples on what you can do TODAY:

    – Do a Food Journal to understand what do you eat

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    – Try to reduce the consumption of caloric beverages (Coke, Lemon Tea, etc). You will be surprised by how much calories you consume from your drinks.

    – Try to eat more real food, for example: rather than eating processed food (like Oreos / M&Ms), change your snacks to real food, such as: Nuts / Fruits.

    Now, my challenge for you is to cut your caloric drink this week into half. Let’s say on average you drink 8 servings of caloric drinks (it can be soda, coke, etc) every week. This week, try to just drink 4 servings instead of 8. 

    I suggest that you start small and focus on building one healthier habit each day / each week (depending on your speed). Click here and learn the science of how a habit is formed.

    Also, i’m giving away free awesome spreadsheet for you to keep track of your weight loss. Be sure to check it out HERE.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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