Rachel Paige
May 19, 2016 3:28 pm
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It’s recommended that you eat anywhere from five to nine servings for fruits and vegetables a day, and let’s be real with one another, it’s a struggle just trying to hit anywhere above three. Now how about we discuss the 80:20 diet, which is made up of AT LEAST 80% fruits and vegetables. Have fun meeting that goal!! An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but after like, eight apples you’re going to be like, “Please no more apples.”

If this sounds like something fun you want to try out, the person you need to talk to is Olivia Munn. For her upcoming role as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, she not only went through rigorous training to get physically fit for the role, but also, oh yeah, put herself on a diet made up of 80% fruits and veggies, and 20% whatever — her words, not mine.

“I also started getting into eating 20-80, where 80% of your diet is fruits and vegetables and 20% is whatever,” she told Women’s Health.

Very intrigued by this “20% whatever.” What is “whatever”? Is it, two donuts for every eight apples? A cheeseburger at lunch and then sixteen salads? Fifteen handfulls of peanut M&Ms and then nothing but kale for the rest of the day? WHAT IS 20% WHATEVER?

Munn doesn’t specify, but others have. This diet is actually the same one that Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady adhere to, and this is even a variation on the 80:10:10 diet, which is 80% fruits and veggies, and then 10% healthy fats, and 10% protein.

IDK about you, but this is a lot of math for a diet. Also, the thing about this is that you’re not getting NEARLY enough nutrients that you need. Yes, fruits and veggies are really good for you, but as Woman’s Health also points out, “Feasting on fruit alone makes your blood sugar soar and quickly tank, so you constantly feel hungry. But fat and protein don’t just keep your appetite under control. You need protein to build and repair cells and muscles, as well as to produce the brain chemicals that make you feel happy, focused, and energized.”

So should you try this superhero diet at home? Eh. Probably not. If this is something that sounds fun to you, always remember to check with your doctor before you start going to ANY extreme by loading up on leafy greens and berries. And have fun splurging with that 20%.

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