10% Is The Answer
April 16, 2018
That’s right it is
And no it’s not like the meaning of life is 42 (If you don’t get this please read the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, it is a classic)
Anyway I digress
I often get asked what is the simplest way to lose weight (I hate this question for 2 reasons, 1. Weight is a poor form of measurement in terms of results. 2. because of the phrasing “lose” weight. But that’s a story in itself and I’ve already got sidetracked once today)
And the short and simple answer is 10%
Without getting into the nitty-gritty of nutrition and exercise 10% is very simple and straightforward.
Now this isn’t an exponential method and it doesn’t build upon itself, but it is a hell of a good place to start.
So what do I mean by 10%
Simply put decrease the amount of food you eat by 10% and increase the amount of exercise by 10%.
Honestly, this will cause a big shift in your health and fitness and you will notice a change.
And yet it is so subtle that you won’t freak out.
Our minds are conditioned to stay away from the unfamiliar, the unknown and stick with what is familiar and safe.
That’s why when you go on a crash diet and it works, as long as it works or you have enough pain you will stick with it no matter how much it sucks.
But the second something comes up that stops you from sticking to it, you stop seeing results, or you get far enough that you will settle.
You stop, call it quits because that wasn’t sustainable.
You are not alone in that, in fact, that is pretty standard across the board.
But making a small shift of 10% that doesn’t actually change anything in your habits, now that is sustainable.
So what does this look like?
Keep eating exactly as you have been but just reduce your portion by 10%. That could be as simple as leaving the last 2-3 mouthfuls on your plate.
Or eat the same food but use a plate that is 10% smaller.
Making simple adjustments like this will actually make a big difference and yet it is so simple.
And it won’t cause you to overload with change.
One of the best examples I have was a friend of mine who is a strength and conditioning coach had a client who would eat maccers every single day.
He told him to implement the 10% rule, and simply this guy would throw away the last mouthful of his burger every day.
He lost 5kgs in the first 2 weeks.
Now, this is an extreme example, but it illustrates the point and how simple this method can be.
Especially when doing it on your own.
The same goes for exercise.
A small 10% increase can change the game for you.
Little things like taking the stairs, parking further away, doing 10 squats first thing in the morning.
It all adds up.
So that’s all I have for you today.
Next time I want to share with you the right for you principle
Lachlan “Baby Steps” Farley