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MF Guy: Bryan Cranston

How does the Argo and Breaking Bad star stay in shape? MF talked to his nutrition coach, Jackie Keller, to find out how to get his celeb diet—without the celeb budget.

DIY Your Diet

Keller’s three easy tips for creating your very own meal plan—and the shopping list to go with it.

  1. Make a 7x7 grid. Take an 8 ½ x 11 inch sheet of paper and draw lines to create a grid that covers a 7 day period and gives you 7 slots per day, as Cranston’s plan does. You’ll want to eat every 2 ½ to 3 hours, so depending on the hours you clock awake, your soup or salad could be an appetizer eaten with your dinner or an early evening snack. 

  2. List your favorite foods. Often we eat the same healthy foods (hello, grilled chicken!) over and over again. So to break out of that rut, think about your favorite foods and make lists: 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 fruits, 10 snacks, etc. (Don’t worry about healthy right now, just think about what you like.) Then go back and ask: Is there a healthy option? Often there is, says Keller. “You like hot dogs? Guess what: There’s a great, natural, preservative free, lean turkey dog out there for you.”

  3. Fill in each slot. Start popping those foods from your lists into your meal plan, then use it to come up with a shopping list for the week. “You’ll never freeze up at the grocer story again,’ says Keller. “This approach doesn’t just keep you prepared, but it helps you balance your diet. You can look at it all at once to make sure you’re getting the max variety of foods—and the full range of nutrients that come with that variety.”

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