6. Follow the 80/20 rule
If all of this sounds like a lot of effort and not enough cheesecake, just remember that you don’t have to be perfect all the time. The key is moderation.
Dr. Lau says he believes in the 80/20 rule: if you practice healthy habits 80 percent of the time, then you can relax 20 percent of the time (but take it easy—one particularly unhealthy meal could undo all the hard work you did for the week). “If you’re a goody-goody for the whole week, you can have that glass of wine on the weekend,” says Dr. Lau. “It’s empty calories, but it’s a treat, it’s the enjoyment of drinking wine.”