"I have found what works for me."
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Earlier this week, Hilary Duff got real about her current diet. She also mentioned that her menu includes "bread, chocolate and wine." Upon hearing that, we immediately moved the actress and mom of two near the top of our dream celebrity dinner date list. (Just behind José Andrés, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, Lizzo and Reese Witherspoon, naturally).

Nothing is off-limits on Duff's plan with celebrity nutrition coach @theflexible.dieting.coach, as long as it fits in her macronutrient ratio for the day. ICYMI, IFFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) is one of the biggest eating trends of the new decade. While she wasn't super specific, it appears that Duff is following some version of that or a similar macronutrient-based eating style. Followers track the amount of protein, carbs and fat they eat each day. The breakdown for the grams of each macro varies based on your goals, gender and activity level, but it generally includes about:

  • 40-50% of calories from healthy carbs
  • 25-30% of calories from protein
  • The rest of calories from healthy fats

Compared to more drastic diets like keto that nearly eliminate one food group, or others such as Whole30 that have a "good food" and "bad food" list, we love that all foods and drinks are "allowed" on macro-focused plans. (But it's crucial to remember to choose quality sources of the macronutrients the majority of the time for optimal health and to prevent chronic diseases.)

Based on Duff's recent interview with our sister publication Health, it seems like she has a nice, sustainable yet nutritious balance alongside that bread and chocolate. To stay (mostly) on the high-quality food track, Duff meal-preps items like sweet potatoes, grilled chicken, rice and fresh fruit for snacks and salad additions on weekends. She also finds new meal inspiration on the food blog Skinnytaste, including a recent family fave: Lighter Eggplant Parmesan.

"You just have to get creative and figure out what you like and what you're actually going to dip into instead of just grabbing something. Because really the reality is I want to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all day long," Duff told Health. (Celebs, they're just like us!)

She's been keeping active with Novo Body, a Los Angeles-based fitness studio that combines cardio, strength training and core challenges in high-intensity group—or now, thanks to the pandemic, Zoom workouts.

"I know it's extra hard to keep up and find normalcy in quarantine, but I truly hope you make at least 30 mins a day for yourself to stay connected," Duff suggested in her Instagram post caption.

So what does that mean for her, besides a glass of wine or a workout?

A warm bath with essential oils and flower petals in the water, Duff revealed to Health. "It is the most delightful, girly time that you could spend with yourself."