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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 September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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