Olivia Munn’s ‘restrictive’ diet could be harming her body, warns nutritionist

The actor revealed she eats a single avocado for breakfast

Olivia Petter
Thursday 23 August 2018 09:40 BST
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Olivia Munn has revealed what a typical day looks like on her plate - and it’s slim pickings.

Speaking to E! News, the Six actor explained she is careful about what she eats in a bid to stay fit.

However, one nutritionist argues that the Hollywood star’s diet plan - which appears to be entirely vegan - suggests she is under-eating, consuming roughly 1,000 calories a day, which could be doing Munn more harm than good.

For breakfast, Munn says she normally eats an avocado, seasoned with lemon and kosher salt.

"I cut it in half and sprinkle it all in there and eat with a spoon," she says.

Following that, the 38-year-old opts for a snack of apples and peanut butter, adding that she’ll switch in almond butter if there are “super healthy” people around her to avoid judgemental looks from those who claim it’s a healthier alternative to its peanut counterpart.

Lunch is usually a yellow curry with white rice, vegetables and a pickle followed by a snack of fruit and nut butter - the variety of which again depends whether her “super healthy” friends are around.

For Munn’s final meal of the day, she typically enjoys a simple salad with vegetables and quinoa.

While it’s unclear exactly how many calories Munn consumes on an average day as she doesn't reveal her portion sizes, one nutritionist and eating disorder specialist suggests that the aforementioned plan amounts to roughly 1,000, which is half the recommended daily intake for women.

Consuming 1,000 calories a day is a very restrictive diet,” explains leading Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert.

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This also implies that the actor might be missing out on a variety of key nutrients that are fundamental to her overall health and wellbeing.

“Such restrictive ways of eating may mean that you are not consuming enough protein which is essential for muscle growth and repair, essential fats which are needed for nutrient absorption and carbohydrates that are vital to fuel your brain and body,” Lambert continues.

“Such little nutritional intake may also lead to malnutrition and being underweight.

“The NHS states that weighing too little can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and feeling tired.”

It’s not the first time Munn’s diet has been labelled restrictive.

In 2016, the actor revealed how she transformed her body for her role in X-Men: The Apocalypse through diet and exercise, losing 5kg.

In an interview with Women’s Health, Munn said she started working out every day:

“I also started getting into eating 20-80, where 80 per cent of your diet is fruits and vegetables and 20 per cent is whatever," she told the magazine.

Her ambiguity regarding what constitutes as “whatever” sparked concerns that she might be under-eating, with many criticising the diet plan as limited and unsustainable.

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