The transcript below is from the video “Bruce Lee’s Top 5 Diet Rules” by Lee Fitness.

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At 5 ft 8 in and weighing 141 lb at the time, Bruce Lee was renowned for his physical fitness and vigor, achieved by using a dedicated fitness regimen to become as strong as possible. After his match with Wong Jack Man in 1965, Lee changed his approach toward martial arts training. Lee felt that many martial artists of his time did not spend enough time on physical conditioning. Lee included all elements of total fitness—muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. He used traditional bodybuilding techniques to build some muscle mass, though not overdone, as that could decrease speed or flexibility. At the same time, with respect to balance, Lee maintained that mental and spiritual preparation are fundamental to the success of physical training in martial arts skills.

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In Tao of Jeet Kune Do Bruce Lee wrote:

Training is one of the most neglected phases of athletics. Too much time is given to the development of skill and too little to the development of the individual for participation. … JKD, ultimately is not a matter of petty techniques but of highly developed spirituality and physique.

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According to Linda Lee Cadwell, soon after he moved to the United States, Lee started to take nutrition seriously and developed an interest in health foods, high-protein drinks, and vitamin and mineral supplements. He later concluded that achieving a high-performance body was akin to maintaining the engine of a high-performance automobile. Allegorically, as one could not keep a car running on low-octane fuels, one could not sustain one’s body with a steady diet of junk food, and with “the wrong fuel”, one’s body would perform sluggishly or sloppily. Lee also avoided baked goods and refined flour, describing them as providing empty calories that did nothing for his body. He was known for being a fan of Asian cuisine for its variety, and often ate meals with a combination of vegetables, rice, and fish, and drank fresh milk.

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Rule 1: Avoid Refined Flour

Generally Bruce Lee avoided refined flour,  so he did not eat many baked foods such as biscuits and cakes which he described as being empty calories.

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Rule 2: Avoid Dairy Food

Bruce Lee did not like dairy food and only ate dairy as part of protein drinks, usually using powdered milk instead of fresh milk.

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Rule 3: Smaller Portions And More Meals 

For Bruce Lee, concentration on the type of foods eaten were not the only important consideration the size of portions and number of meals were just as important. Bruce Lee would usually consume four or five smaller meals a day rather than a couple of large meals, plus some healthy snacks such as fruits.

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Rule 4: Drink Protein Drinks 

Bruce Lee consumed one or two protein drinks every day plus fruit smoothies too although his protein drinks varied. They generally consisted of non instant powdered milk which is reported  to have a higher concentration of calcium than other forms of powdered milk,  eggs sometimes with the shells, wheat, peanut butter, and banana.

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Rule 5: Take Dietary Supplements

Bruce Lee also took many mineral and vitamin supplements. Knowledge about how different supplements interact and benefit us has advanced a great deal since the 1960’s as a result they may be better and more efficient supplements available than the ones listed below, however; here are some of the supplements Bruce Lee is known to have taken vitamin C, bee pollen, vitamin E.




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