Monday, March 1, 2010

Pareto Principle Power Prescription

It is easy for " the powers that be" (doctors, family and bloggers alike) to tell you to eat better and get more exercise. The power most often invoked in such suggestions is the power of opinion. Should we all eat better and get more exercise? Yes. What does the advice mean? Depends on who you ask (and there are as many opinions as there are people on earth). Want something more concrete? Keep reading.

Apply the Pareto Principle. To review the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, says we get 80% of the results from 20% of the effort. Suppose your approach to health was based on making the wrong choices 20% of the time? Purposefully, and with awareness.

Here are some ways to implement of the Pareto Principle Power Prescription:
  • Exercise. There are seven days in the week. Do not exercise 1 day a week. Be a slug, lazy, immobile.
  • Food. Eat processed, non-organic, and restaurant food 4 times a week. Have a greasy fast-food burger and fries and enjoy every single unhealthful bite.
  • Fluid. Consume 13 ounces of something other than water each day. Conventional wisdom says we should drink 64 ounces of water each day. Be bad and toss back 13 of those ounces with something colored.
  • Sugar. Have sugar during 4 meals each week. Eat your Cocoa Puffs for breakfast and enjoy them!

Freedom! Liberation! Choice! Go ahead, go out there and be naughty. Use your power and do it wrong 20% of the time and enjoy every single moment of it.

No comments:

Post a Comment