I Tried Olivia Munn’s 20-80 Diet—and This Is What Happened

And it wasn't awful, kinda

By Raleigh Burgan Jun 05, 2016 1:30 PMTags

Eighty percent of everything I put in my mouth must be fruits and/or vegetables? For one week? Easy.

In order to get "as fit and as healthy as [she] could be" for X-Men: Apocalypse, Olivia Munn stuck to an incredibly particular diet. The star told Women's Health, "I started getting into eating 20-80, where 80 percent of your diet is fruits and vegetables and 20 percent is whatever. So, that can be any kind of meats or breads or anything else, but mostly fruits and vegetables."

This intrigued me. If anything, I needed to give it a try (you know, to get fit for summer) and see just how sustainable and "healthy" it could be. You'll learn, as I learned, that it wasn't as simple as it sounded.

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Here's some backstory for context purposes:

I've been a pescatarian for almost 18 years now—I was 8 when I made that decision. My diet already consists of lots of fruits and veggies, so I legitimately thought this would be a breeze.

Turns out, I need variety in my life to be happy (and stay full). Eating the same thing day in and day out doesn't fly with me, especially on nights I had dinner-with-friends plans. To a fault, I may have been a little too cautious. Admittedly, I wasn't great (read: not good at all) at gauging what my 20 percent would be mainly because I was nervous to go overboard, so I stuck to the same guacamole and hummus with few added extras as my "splurge" for the week.

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Day 1:

Packed two massive Tupperware containers full of fruits and vegetables for the office—it's go time. I found myself regretting my decision to not make a morning smoothie and snacking more than usual. I was basing my "20 percent anything" intake on a 1,500-cal diet (even though I wasn't counting calories when it came to fruits and veggies. If we were going to be monogamous, there would be no limit). This meant 300 cals/day could be used consuming whatever I wanted. I used those up real quick, dipping my veggies in guac. 

I'd been snacking all day instead of eating three separate meals, so by 5:30 p.m., I was starving. And it definitely wasn't for more veggies. I went home, made the freshest (and by freshest, I mean most boring) salad I think I've ever made and capped my day of meals there.

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Day 2:

I'm empty AF. Maybe, just maybe, did I feel this same emptiness that time I wasn't allowed to eat before I had my first (and last) cavity filled in grade seven. I jumped out of bed and headed for the blender. For breakfast was a delicious all-fruit and nothing fun smoothie, for lunch I would pack more or less the same thing as yesterday and for dinner, also, the same. #RinseandRepeat

I had almost all the same feelings as the day before, but I definitely noticed an increasingly short-distanced relationship grow between myself and the closest bathroom. 

Day 3:

Again with the emptiness? It's becoming apparent this would be my fate for the next slew of days. Breakfast = smoothie. Lunch = more raw fruits and veggies. Dinner = more salad.

I will say, when I got into bed that night, I felt awfully...thin. 

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Day 4:

Did you know Brussels sprouts grew on stalks? Mind blown. My chef husband (yes, I've been eating raw veggies for three days and my husband's a chef) made this introduction after he noticed how sad my go-to lunch was. He tossed the sprouts in a pan and treated me to cooked vegetables. Pro tip: Cook your veggies and you'll be way more satisfied in the hunger department (as opposed to raw veggies).

Day 5: 

Not going to lie, I was nowhere near a gym this week, and my body looks fantastic. It's true what they say about everyone having abs. You just have to find them. Mine found me, but is the emptiness in my belly worth it? Not really.

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Day 6:

It's the weekend a.k.a. time to really put my willpower to the test. Turns out, this Açai place down the street makes delicious bowls made of just fruit. I, naturally, Instagrammed the above photo with the caption "don't worry @oliviamunn, I ain't cheatin'. #bowlbye." (If you get that Lemonade reference, let's be friends.) That was the most exciting meal yet and I'm actually feeling really great.

My energy levels were way up and lasted the majority of each day. One more day to go, people.

Day 7: 

Waking up empty and consuming an early-morning smoothie was now a regular part of my daily routine. On this day, day 7 of my Olivia Munn diet, I feel great...just hungry. No excessive amounts of vegetables and fruit can really satisfy me the way my regular eating habits do.

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And here's where I leave you: 

This diet is definitely not realistic, for any life not in the public eye (and without the means of a personal chef). I definitely look great. I don't own a scale, but I do feel significantly lighter. The empty feeling in my stomach goes away while eating, but I only stayed "full"/satisfied for max. an hour later. Do I think adding even more fruits and veggies to my diet is a good idea? Absolutely. Am I going to keep this up? Absolutely not. I'll implement the good into my everyday routine, but ditch the stomach pains because who needs them?

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