In this article, we will look at how the 80/20 rule, also known as The Pareto Principle, can help you to achieve your goals in weight loss, nutrition, and fitness. Let’s get fit now!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the 80/20 rule, it states that 80% of effects result from 20% of causes. We can relate this to different situations in life through examples.
1) Sales: Your highest spending customers may represent 80% of sales. Because of the quantity they buy, they may also represent 20% of your clients. Thus, the 80/20 rule states that it makes sense to take care of that 20% (at least first) otherwise 80% of your revenues could suffer.
2) Other Professions: In every profession, there are those tasks and duties we must do. While our to-do list changes daily, those essential tasks must get done. These tasks are in your 20%, and there aren’t many of them. These few important tasks could contribute to the 80% of your overall job. Don’t let these fall.
3) Relationship: Your significant other doesn’t mind doing certain things around the house, but there are those tasks that they can’t stand (20%, perhaps). Do that 20 % and live 80% happier.
While the third is to provide humor, we can still apply it to relationships and most facets of life. Next, we will look to help you reach your fitness objectives with the same principle.
Reaching many of your fitness goals involves keeping the body healthy, on several levels. For our purposes, we will look at physical fitness goals. Remember that achieving physical fitness goals can help with mental and emotional goals as well.
There are, arguably, two main components of being fit:
Caloric Intake: Healthiness of food, make up of food, the frequency of food, and so on.
Caloric Output: The body’s way of elimination, exercising (still technically elimination through sweat) and so on.
The question is, which of these two is more effective? Which one of these is our 20% to focus on while giving us the biggest 80% of results?
Let’s think about this rationally, in a couple of different manners. Can a person be “too unfit for exercise?” To some degree, yes. Can a person be “too unfit to eat healthily?” I’ve never heard of such a thing, but correct me if you have. How many people exercise and burn all kinds of calories, only to reward themselves with eating junk food because “they earned it?” What effect would that have on their objective? Now, what if some person did no exercise but rewarded their efforts with a day of healthy eating? There is not much room to lose here.
There is little doubt that combining proper exercise and nutrition together will achieve the maximum result.
If you were to only focus on one of these two, however, stick with proper eating habits and good nutrition.
Eating well brings many benefits, in addition to losing weight. Eating well allows fewer chemicals in our bodies because the food is less processed. Additionally, it will revitalize and rebuild cells by providing proper fuel. Choosing to focus on proper nutrition will give you 80% of your results, and be 20% of your efforts (with good execution). What’s less effort, eating 30 grapes or doing 30 push-ups? Eat well. Get fit with Pareto.