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Heard of the 80/20 diet?

A diet that's all about eating 80 per cent healthy and 20 per cent junk is becoming the latest celeb favourite. We dish out the deets

Arpita Kala 12 July 2016, 4:34 PM
Use your cheat days well. KJo can tell you a thing or two about it

Use your cheat days well. KJo can tell you a thing or two about it

With fitness trends such as 'ab-crack' and 'thigh gap' becoming a norm, do you feel like you can't catch a break when it comes to a fitness regimen? Well, you're not alone, even your favourite celebs find it hard to keep up with their strict routines. Enter the 80/20 diet that has stars such as supermodels Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen, actor Jessica Alba and even former Spice Girl, Mel C rooting for it. “This diet emphasises on eating healthy foods majority of the time, that is 80 per cent. Healthy foods is all about eating the right foods at the right time and in the right proportion. 20 per cent includes the once-in-a-week or 10 days if you have any unavoidable social obligations to attend or just take it easy at one meal or so. That’s the key to moderation. Cheat meals are also important part of healthy diets, but stick to once in a week or once in a fortnight,” says Khushboo Sahijwani, nutritionist, Shenmen Healing Center.

A diet that allows room to cheat? Count us in too. Here's all you need to know about the 80/20 diet:

  • Plan your own cheat days: Customise your 80/20 according to your scheduler. If you have frequent meetings or conferences or dinner meets then you may not be able to adhere to the plan of eating one cheat meal in a week/fortnight.
     

  • Sweat it out: Being on this diet does not mean you skip physical workouts altogether. Include at least 45-60 minutes of physical activity 3-4 times a week with a day of rest mandatory.
     

  • Go with the flow: Don't be too restrictive with your diet and feel guilty about eating something unhealthy. Broadly, keep the 80% of your meals consisting of veggies, fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts, dairy, lean meats and fish while the 20% can be your favourite muchie such as chocolates or even alcohol.

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