Supermodel Miranda Kerr has a serious weakness for triple-cream goat cheese. Seriously. So how does she stay healthy and fit (and seriously ab-tastic)? According to her cover story in Australian magazine Gritty Pretty as reported by Yahoo!, the former Victoria’s Secret model lives by the 80/20 diet.
“I try my best to eat healthy, organic foods 80 percent of the time but it’s also important not to deprive yourself of things because then you just crave it more and rather than eating one piece of chocolate, you’ll devour the whole block,” Kerr tells Gritty Pretty.
The 80/20 idea is simple: Eat nutritious foods the majority of the time (80 percent), and eat less healthy foods the other 20 percent (yes, that includes goat cheese). Nutritionist Teresa Cutter, author of The 80/20 Diet, advises that the 20 percent indulgence should be once a week, not per day, however. You could also opt for a cheat day once a week and be mindful about eating healthy the other six days.
Many nutritionists believe the 80/20 rule is a great way to practice moderation and balance, as opposed to being super strict. According to Yumi Lee, Reebok CrossFit LAB co-owner and celeb trainer, it’s a useful rule of thumb for your eating habits: “You can’t be 100 percent all of the time, but you can be 80 percent all of the time,” Yumi tells Popsugar. She recommends small, frequent meals throughout the day, aiming to make healthy choices 80 percent of the time. And, according to Kerr herself, it helps her avoid overeating.
What else does ultra-fit Kerr like to eat, 20 percent of the time? She reveals to the Australian magazine that her biggest indulgences are french fries and homemade apple pie.
Her fitness philosophy isn’t crazy regimented, either: “Sure, when I have a big event or a photo shoot, I tend to work out a bit harder or focus on the areas that are going to be visible,” she tells Gritty Pretty. “For example, at the Met Ball, my midriff was visible so I focused a bit more on abs that week.”
A diet that allows for the occasional detour for a special occasion (or just a Netflix and chill snackfest)? Doesn’t sound half bad.