Gym Life – 80/20 Diet Strategy

I love pizza. I mean, I LOVE pizza. I hold my hands up. It’s pretty much the perfect food. And you can’t get a bad one either. The worst pizza is still probably better than any other meal in existence. Even the crappy deep pan pizzas (not to be confused with deep dish pizzas, which are amazing!) are still pretty good in comparison to other meals. But it doesn’t take a genius to realise that pizza doth not a great physique maketh!

So, in light of this fact, I have decided to compile a list of foods to be used as a guide to make eating healthily and, most importantly, maintain eating healthily as easy as possible.

Basically, the list is split into 2 parts:

Part one – foods that are difficult to overeat on. These foods will leave you more satisfied, and also contribute greatly to training performance and recovery. These foods should make up 80% of the foods you eat.

Part two – foods that are super easy to overeat on and turn you into a snack craving monster, wrecking your physique goals. These foods should only be eaten 20% of the time, if not less.

Trust me, it’s much more difficult to have 1000kcals of any of the foods on the 80% list than it is for any of the foods on the 20% list. Never go hungry again!

80% Foods

Meat

Fish

Eggs

Fruit

Vegetables

Rice

Potatoes

Oats

Beans

Lentils

Salads

Soups

Water

20% Foods

Pretty much everything else you can think of, including:-

Pizza

Bread (basically all wheat products)

Pasta

Cereal

Dairy

Sweets/milk chocolate

Crisps

Fizzy juice

Nuts

Note – a lot of these foods on the 20% list aren’t necessarily unhealthy, but when eaten consistently can boost calories significantly, wrecking your physique goals in the process.

Summary

* Eat 80% foods most of the time. Eat the 20% foods on occasion.

* Don’t avoid any foods you like and then binge like crazy on them. Instead, include small amounts of them throughout the week.

* Train frequently

* Enjoy your new, healthier, more sustainable eating approach where you can enjoy a wide selection of different foods, and also your favourite treats – while not having to obsess over food or feel guilty for having a slice of pizza (I know I don’t!)

Peace, 

MPB x

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