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These rules to living skinny aren’t so bad

May 17th, 2012 2 Comments

According to Trainer Bob (from The Biggest Loser), rules are meant to be followed, not broken.  His new adage is live 80/20. In other words, follow the rules eighty percent of the time and give yourself the freedom to be human the other twenty.  To me this not only sounds reasonable, but also a healthy way to live.

In his new book, The Skinny Rules, he outlines how you need to eat 80% of the time to be healthy and slender.

  1. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and before every meal to get your metabolism working first.
  2. Eat protein at every meal.
  3. Eat either berries or an apple everyday for natural fiber and antioxidants.
  4. Go meatless one day a week to focus on eating tons of fruits and veggies.
  5. Got to bed early and hungry.  
  6. Plan a splurge meal once a week.

I feel like this is pretty standard for me….with the exception I don’t follow any of these rules.  I hate drinking water before my oj; protein at every meal makes me tired; berries and apples are hard to take with me on the go but I always keep them at home; I usually stay up late so I eat a late night snack; I splurge whenever I feel like it.

Well, I guess to each their own.  I will try to drink water first thing in the morning because I believe that to be helpful for my body.  Over the last few months, I have started eating more protein during the day – meat, fish and eggs instead of nuts – because it’s more filling and necessary with my active lifestyle.  If I can get to bed early, I don’t mind not having a late snack.  I just wish I could get to bed, more specifically sleep, early :)

What do you think about Trainer Bob’s rules?  Are they naturally already in your routine or would you have to make changes to adhere?  You probably already have a set of your own skinny/healthy rules?  Do they work?  Love them or hate them??

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  • I do in fact drink a glass of water first thing in the morning but not before every meal.

    I eat protein with every meal but probably not in the form he is referring to. Protein comes from many plant based foods so you’re getting protein in just about every meal.

    Can’t say I eat berries of apples very often. My kids eat them all the time and when they ask me to cut one up for them I usually snag a slice.

    I go meatless about 3-4 days a week.

    I’m a night person so this one is hard for me but since I get up so early for work during the week it’s been a lot easier.

    I tend to splurge on the weekends since we’re almost always on the go.

    The issue with diets is everyone’s genetics are different and react to the foods we eat differently. What works for one may not work for another. Everyone knows the basic rules. The trick is finding the version of them that works for you.

  • I’ve seen a few of his recent press appearances for the book and in general I really like his approach, seems non-gimmicky. I too snack at night, but when I DO go to bed at least a little hungry for a few days in a row, it makes a huge difference. The berries/apple thing seems sort of random — like it’s just a way of saying eat a piece of fruit each day instead of something crappy. Just my thoughts…