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The Rule of 20: How It Helps You Lose Weight

By Genevieve Cunnngham

Getting your body healthy and in shape can sometimes feel like a daunting task. There are so many rules and guidelines to follow. How are you supposed to know what’s best? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of your options, take heart. It’s not as difficult as you may think. Instead of browsing through a million choices and selecting one at random, choose just one quick and easy method and start there. Take a look at how incorporating one easy tip, the Rule of 20, into your routine may lead to weight loss, improved health, and a big step in the right direction.

Chew Each Bite 20 Times

You’ve probably heard this before, but have you ever taken the advice seriously? Prolonging the chewing does two main things for your body. For starters, it ensures that your food is properly broken down for efficient digestion. But the more important aspect is that it forces you to slow down. It’s hard to scarf down your dinner when you have to take so much time with every bite. And this means that your meal as a whole takes much longer to consume. Research has shown that taking a slow approach to eating can reduce the number of calories you take in overall by a large enough percentage to lead to weight loss.

Wait 20 Minutes Before Considering More Food

Have you ever looked at how long it takes you to finish one helping? If it is taking you less than 20 minutes, you need to slow down. As mentioned above, slowing down reduces caloric intake. But more specifically, waiting at least 20 minutes gives your brain time to register that it’s full. The stomach to brain link is not automatic, so if you eat too quickly, you’ll think you’re still hungry and end up stuffed. Wait it out for 20 minutes, and see how you feel before going back for more.

Work Out At Least 20 Minutes a Day

Working out can feel like such a chore. To make it easier on yourself, start by working out a mere 20 minutes a day. If you’re one who says they don’t have time, this only requires less than half an hour! That’s less than an episode of your favorite show, less than most commutes, and most likely less than the time you spend on Facebook daily. All you need is 20 minutes, and you’ll be on your way to better health.

If you’re ready to make a change, but you don’t know where to begin, the Rule of 20 is a great place to start. It’s easy to remember, simple to implement, and a cinch to stick with. It doesn’t take much to turn your health in a better direction, so use these tips and get started today.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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