Why Celebrities Favor the 80/20 Diet, (and Why It Might Work for You)

Let's get real: Most healthy eating plans are super limited and require not only immense commitment with food prep but also willpower some of us just can't (or don't) want to maintain day in and day out. Although my first foray into a Whole 30 last year proved to me that I can do just about anything for 30 days—including giving up cheese—I'm convinced that something like the 80/20 diet might be more manageable when it comes to long-term sustainability. But what exactly is this eating plan that celebrities from Olivia Munn to Miranda Kerr have chosen for themselves?

The 80/20 diet lets you focus on eating healthy whole foods 80% of the time and then allows you to splurge 20% of the time (within moderation, of course). "Being healthy doesn't require eating 'perfectly'—whatever that might be," says Rachael Hartley, RD, a dietitian and co-founder of the Joyful Eating, Nourished Life program. "If 80% of your diet consists of nutritious whole foods, there's room for the other 20% to come from fun foods without compromising health." As with adopting any new way of eating, there are serious pros and cons as well as some tips and tricks you'll want to familiarize yourself with. Go on, keep reading to see if the 80/20 diet might be right for you.