It's how you are looking at things. You say "bland foods". Why must the original list be bland? Spice it up the right way. The original BFL is more strict for a reason. For instance, the only cheese it lists is fat free cottage cheese. That's because string cheese is a poor choice and it's in EFL.
On page 73 of EFL it discusses portions and such. Also, he talks about some recipes not being for all the time, mostly the shake recipes.
I know he technically authorized whole wheat bread in BFL, but read carefully what he had to say about it. It was with a lot of hesitation. Bread and pasta, even whole wheat are just not good choices.
Here's the thing. If getting a 6 pack is really your goal then you need to be below 18% body fat and likely closer to 15%. For that, the original foods list is best.
If you want to go at it more slowly and "enjoy" your meals more with something like EFL then please go for it. I'm not anti EFL and own it myself. I just don't think it's a best option. It really would be better for maintenance.
Also, please note that when EFL came out, it was much after BFL. Bill has changed over the years. If you read his writings from different time periods you will see a progression. Now he's much softer, but less focused on hardcore. The approach you take it yours because it's your journey.
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