When your goal is burning fat, you have to eat fewer calories than you burn. But not so few that you lose muscle and crash your metabolism.
Similarly, to gain muscle you have to eat more calories than you burn. But if you go overboard, you’ll gain excess fat.
Find Your Goal Specific Calorie Intake
Once you know your daily calorie balance, half the battle of reaching your goal is consistently hitting your target.
How to Get 80% of the Results With 20% of the Effort
The 80:20 rule is about focusing on the few things that get the most results. In your diet this is calories and food choices.
When it comes to food, quality is nearly as important as quantity. The saying “garbage in – garbage out” applies to diet like anything else.
But why are food choices so important? The short answer is that healthy foods contain more nutrients and fewer harmful substances.
For example, grass-fed beef has more healthy antioxidants with fewer inflammatory fats than grain-fed beef1.
In addition, certain plant foods contain antinutrients that block the absorption of other nutrients. And can lead to health and digestive issues.
The solution is to eat a balanced diet of primarily whole foods with as few artificial substances as possible.
After all, you are what you eat… and what you ate – eats. But eating healthy foods is too expensive, right?
Well, not in terms of nutrients per dollar. Or the amount of toxins you avoid. Instead, think of it as an investment in your health and fitness.
Making healthy food choices is the easiest thing you can do to improve your diet. But it can still be hard to navigate the thousands of products at the grocery store. So click the link below to get more tips on what to look for.
16 Foods to Add to Your Healthy Grocery List