Struggling with the 80/20

I am having a difficult time with making healthy food choices( hence the 80/20). I feel like my body I need to cut out simple carbs and eat more often to boosts my metabolism but it's so hard. HELP ME PLEASE


  • gothchiq
    gothchiq Posts: 4,592 Member
    Try writing out your plan for the day rather than making choices on the fly.
  • xmichaelyx
    xmichaelyx Posts: 883 Member
    edited June 2017
    I feel like my body I need to cut out simple carbs and eat more often to boosts my metabolism but it's so hard. HELP ME PLEASE

    There is no reason for you to think this.

    Cutting out simple carbs will probably help keep you from getting hungry as often, and eating more often is sometimes an effective strategy for controlling hunger (but this varies from person to person).

    But forget about "boosting you metabolism"; that's marketing BS from people who want you to buy whatever they're selling.

  • kommodevaran
    kommodevaran Posts: 17,890 Member
    The idea behind 80/20 is to take some pressure off. I think that is a great approach. It looks to me like you've gotten yourself into a net that is getting more and more tangled.

    What is your definition of healthy food choices?

    How can you tell your body wants you to cut out simple carbs (as if that were possible and still have a healthy diet)?Do you know what simple carbs is?

    Why do you think your metabolism needs boosting, and why do you think eating more often has that effect?
  • vismal
    vismal Posts: 2,465 Member
    I am having a difficult time with making healthy food choices( hence the 80/20). I feel like my body I need to cut out simple carbs and eat more often to boosts my metabolism but it's so hard. HELP ME PLEASE
    Eating more often does not boost metabolism. That is a complete myth. You can eat as often or as infrequent as you want. Total calories and nutrients for the day/week determine progress, not when you consume them. Additionally, "healthy" is a very subjective word. No individual foods are necessarily healthy or unhealthy in a vacuum. Why do you think simple carbs are bad? Fruit is a simple carb and most people would consider that to be a food that is nutritious and part of a balanced diet. Rather than create stress of individual food choices, why not concern yourself more with total calories and macronutrients consumed each day? Those factors drive results, not the individual food choices you make.

  • RodaRose
    RodaRose Posts: 9,574 Member
    Eating one meal or eating six meals a day does not matter. Number of meals makes no difference Eat at the times you like. Instead of focussing on what you are giving up, pay attention to and enjoy the foods you are eating.
  • cmriverside
    cmriverside Posts: 32,400 Member
    edited June 2017
    I had to take the middle road.

    I can't eat ice cream and cookies every day. If I do, I don't have enough calories left for the nutrition my body needs. The other problem (for me) with cookies, ice cream, French bread, English muffins, pretzels, chips, cake, donuts etc., is that once I start it's really hard to stop if I have it in the house. So I've stopped buying large portions of the items I have trouble moderating - UNLESS I accept I'll eat it all in probably two days. I make my decisions in the store.

    The other thing is that a bunch of small meals makes me crazy. I never feel satiated, I'm always thinking about food, and it's just annoying and frustrating and makes it hard for me to stay in calories. So I eat two largish meals a day within a window of time. For me that window is between 8AM-ish and 4PM (or thereabouts.) I don't eat before that or after that, and larger meals give me a full feeling and I don't obsess about my next feed. I go to bed early and get up early. That keeps me from after-dinner snacking and ensures I'll get enough sleep.

    Do some experimenting and you'll find your happy place.
  • Ready2Rock206
    Ready2Rock206 Posts: 9,490 Member
    80/20 is supposed to make things easier. You're making it unnecessarily complicated with your own arbitrary rules that have nothing to do with weight loss. Toss the complications out. Eat foods you like at a calorie deficit whenever you want to eat them.
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 25,706 Member
    Another vote for experimenting with the foods and number of meals that fill you up the best.
  • RaeBeeBaby
    RaeBeeBaby Posts: 4,323 Member
    Decide what you're going to eat for the day and pre-log it into the MFP diary. Try to stick with that for a couple days. That way you can have a treat or snack that still fits into your daily calorie goal without trying to figure out what percentage (80/20 or whatever) it fits into.

    Doing the pre-logging and then making adjustments at the end of the day (if I've deviated from the plan) really helps keep me on track. I also eat frequently so I don't become ravenous and be tempted to go off plan and eat a whole bag of chips. It doesn't work for everyone, but I eat 3 small meals and 1 or 2 larger ones.
  • inertiastrength
    inertiastrength Posts: 2,344 Member
    Sometimes it's 50/50, sometimes it's 80/20, sometimes it's 100/0 in either direction. Your metabolism will be the same, don't stress (that's arguably worse heheh)
  • jennifer907
    jennifer907 Posts: 84 Member
    Do what works best for you. A lot of people have success by cutting out simple carbs, or having small frequent meals, but it isn't the only way to lose. Restricting carbs makes me feel miserable, so I don't do it. Same with the tiny meals- it just isn't for me. You have to do something that you can stick with and still feel happy. None of this is easy, but we'll get there! :)
  • BusyRaeNOTBusty
    BusyRaeNOTBusty Posts: 7,165 Member
    If you'd like to "boost your metabolism" I'd suggest trying to raise your NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenisis). Basically just move more during the day. Take the stairs, take a walk at work every hour, park far away from the store, do house work, or yard work instead of watch TV in the evening, etc.