Eighty/Twenty Rule

No matter what you’re talking about, if you’re looking for results of some type, the eighty/twenty rule is significant. Believe it or not, the rule actually is one of the most significant rules when it comes to fitness. What is it? It’s the rule that 80 percent of your results will come from a specific action, diet in the case of fitness, and 20 percent will come from everything else, exercise in this case.

You can’t out exercise a bad diet.

If you workout for an hour, you’ll burn from 200 to 1000 calories, more or less, based on your weight, amount of effort and the actual exercise. For instance, walking would burn fewer calories than running at top speed. A 200 pound person would burn more calories than a 130 pound person would exerting the same effort at the same activity for the same length of time. Now that you know how many calories you’ll burn, lets check out how many calories the typical fast food meal has.

A burger and fries with a soft drink is one option.

If you ate a double quarter pounder with cheese with an order of fries and a coke after your workout, no matter what the workout, you won’t lose an ounce. The double quarter pounder with cheese is 780 calories, large fries are 510 calories and a soft drink adds another 150 to 200 calories. That’s a whopping 1440 calories, more than you burned in an hour of exercise. A Big Mac meal with a medium fry and medium soft drink is 1100 calories, again far more than you could work off in an hour. Consider the consumption daily of a typical Frappuccino from Starbucks that adds up to an extra 500 to 600 calories, you’ll never lose weight UNLESS, you change your diet. 80 percent of your weight loss is diet.

So why bother exercising if diet is so important?

Diet is important, but exercise is also a priority. Exercise does more than just burn calories. It helps build muscle tissue and tone your body in the process, giving you a curvier look. Even if you never lost weight, but built muscle, you’d wear a smaller clothing size. That’s because one cubic inch of muscle tissue weighs more than a cubic inch of fat tissue. In other words, it’s like comparing lead to feathers. Since the lead weighs more, the container to hold a pound would be smaller than the container to hold a pound of feathers.

  • Exercise also can help relieve stress. As mentioned before, exercise also has other functions. It helps burn off the hormones of stress, like cortisol, that can cause belly fat.
  • Not only does combining that 20 percent beneficial exercise with the 80 percent beneficial healthy diet make weight loss faster, it also builds muscle tissue. Muscle tissue burns more calories to maintain than fat tissue does, that boosts your metabolism 24/7.
  • Once you start eating healthier, you’ll find you love how delicious the food tastes. It can also be faster and cost less than junk food, especially if you use our menus and plan meals ahead.
  • At RC Fitness, our online training is affordable and provides help with both healthy eating and exercise. You’ll love how quickly you’ll lose weight and become the person you were meant to become.

For more information, contact us today at RC Fitness

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