Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey doesn’t eat all weekend and only eats one meal a day


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In February, Jezebel ran an article about the disturbing trend of making eating disorders seem acceptable and like “diet hacks,” for lack of a better term, when they’re touted by men instead of women. It was based on a report in the Guardian about the rise in dieting culture among high profile men in the tech industry, particularly Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has tweeted about going on water fasts and not eating for 22 hours of the day. According to experts quoted by The Guardian, this is textbook eating disorder behavior. It’s been over two months since Dorsey tweeted the message embedded below, about going on a three day water fast. He’s still doing this every week and only eating dinner according to what he said in a recent podcast.

Dorsey, 42, recently opened up on Ben Greenfield’s “Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance” podcast about his daily routine which he believes improve his overall mental and physical health.

Speaking to Greenfield, Dorsey claimed his daily practice of intermittent fasting, walking to work and hydrotherapy ensure he effectively runs both tech companies and performs at a high level each and every day.

The first step in achieving extreme efficiency is, according to Dorsey, to lose the food.

The businessman said he eats just one meal per day at dinnertime between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. as opposed the usual three to six small meals recommended by health experts. His dishes typically consist of a protein (chicken, steak or fish) with vegetables (salad, spinach, asparagus, or brussels sprouts.)

Dorsey does treat himself to dessert but limits the intake of sugar to only mixed berries, dark chocolate, or a glass of red wine.

“During the day, I feel so much more focused… You have this very focused point of mind in terms of this drive,” Dorsey told Greenfield, adding that his sleep also improved with the meal changes. “The time back from breakfast and lunch allowed me to focus more on what my day is.”

This practice of condensing all meals into a short period and fasting for the rest of the day is referred to as intermittent fasting. Though it can be beneficial to lose weight and improve health, experts have said it’s no more effective than the average diet.

When it comes to the weekends, Dorsey said he cuts out food completely, fasting from Friday through Sunday evening, and only drinks water for those three days.

“The first time I did it, like day three, I felt like I was hallucinating. It was a weird state to be in,” he recalled to Greenfield. “But as I did it the next two times, it just became so apparent to me how much of our days are centered around meals and how — the experience I had was when I was fasting for much longer, how time really slowed down.”

[From People]

The article goes on to quote Dorsey’s wellness practice which includes two hour-long meditation sessions every day and a nightly routine of 15 minute sauna at 220 degrees followed by an ice bath at 37 degrees for 3 minutes. He says it gives him “mental confidence” and “unlocks this thing in my mind” that makes him feel like he “can do nearly anything” because it hurts so much. He also walks an hour to and from work each day, it’s seven five miles each way, and is trying to “raise the bar on myself.”

Ok so he spends four hours total in meditation and walking to and from work, which sounds like a lot, he only eats one meal a day on weekdays and he eats nothing on the weekends. Oh and he also said he does 7 minute workouts. How does he have any energy? Dorsey is reportedly 5’11″ tall, and if he’s borderline underweight with a BMI of say, 19, making him around 135 pounds, he would need 2,300 calories a day to just maintain his weight. I mean he walks 14 miles a day so I set it at “moderately” active when I calculated his calorie requirements. That means he’s got to eat 3,200 calories or more every week day because he’s not even eating on Saturday and Sunday. You would have to eat A LOT to get that much in a single meal and it doesn’t sound like he’s doing that. This is very rigid and disordered. He’s obviously highly successful in life but at what cost? He said he hallucinated the first time he fasted! It’s so obviously not healthy to starve yourself and it’s not a way to reach higher achievement in life. I get being physically active and challenging yourself that way, but not by depriving your body of essential fuel it needs to operate. Imagine how we would react if a woman said she ate like this.

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  1. Whatabout says:

    I wouldn’t survive. I would be laying on the sidewalk, like “please, someone anyone share your snacks with me!!”

    • nina says:

      As someone who is finally in recovery from a 20+ years eating disorder (bulimic, at age 5 from anxiety and ocd and numerous hospitalizations for low weights and organ failure), this is really a ridiculously messed up pattern of eating. I had a hard time with many of the diets pushed by the doctors as antiquated, but this in no way seems healthy or beneficial for productivity (at least in the long run)

  2. Sunshine says:

    Fasting has been around for centuries. I don’t consider it being an eating disorder at all. Research the benefits of intermittent and extended fasts. It helps with a plethora of issues and for me personally, has actually gotten me to stop binge eating and only eat when I’m truly hungry.

    • Valois says:

      She’s not talking about the fasting Saturday to Sunday or the intermittent fasting though. What seems strange is him saying he only eats one meal a day all the time that sounds like it would be 600 kcal max (without doing it to lose weight).

      • broodytrudy says:

        OMAD is super popular, and the meals they eat are often massive. People are eating 2-3k meals at once. It’s super effective, albeit not something i would recommend. I think diets like this and keto are often abused by people who need control and can very easily transform themselves into an eating disorder. If you’re not able to stop eating the way you have been without anxiety, that’s an eating disordered behavior.

        Also, as someone who had an eating disorder that nearly killed me, it was absolutely amazing to see the amount of exercise/hyperfocus that logically i shouldn’t have been able to perform. It’s incredible how long the human body can go without meals, and how well and quickly our brains can adapt to that. I was more productive at that time than I’ve ever been in my life. It was a high that I’ve never been able to replicate otherwise. I know exactly what he’s talking about.

      • Valois says:

        I know that OMAD is popular, especially amongst people who want to lose weight/reduce fat %, but lean meat and vegetables doesn’t sound like it could end up being over 1.000 kalories due to the sheer volume it would need to be.

        I’m a (semi-)recovering anorexic and my most restrictive phases were my last year of high school, my Ba/MA finals and my PhD exam. I‘m well aware of the discipline high and the super intense focus you can get. But I’d never run around and advertise my lifestyle or pretend that I’m healthy and that is what he seems to be doing here.

      • broodytrudy says:

        YIKES. I was attempting to further your conversation, not learn you a thing. Have a good day.

      • Nicki says:

        Check out blake_201 on Instagram, eating one huge 2k-3k meal per day is actually quite easy, he and his girlfriend have been doing it for years and both are in excellent shape.

      • Chloe says:

        Who cares if that’s all he eats? 🙄

      • Valois says:

        Sorry I misunderstood, I thought you were disagreeing with me. Hope you had a good day, too.

      • isabelle says:

        Doubt he only eats that fews calories. One meal can contain a lot of calories. Went to Dave and Busters and had a few gasps looking at the calories in something as simple as a sandwich with fries. More than enough calories for one day. Would imagine he isn’t counting drinking calories.

    • Anatha. A says:

      If scientists talk about healthy fasting and its benefits they talk about eating 8 hours a day. Basically not eating too late in the afternoon/evening, so that your glucose level goes down, before you go to sleep. Eating when you are hungry instead of overeating until you don’t know what being hungry feels any longer. They never talk about just one meal and not eating on weekends.
      What Dorsey does is textbook eating-disorder behaviour.

    • Alissa says:

      He’s literally restricting himself to one meal a day and then doesn’t eat for three days. That’s an eating disorder. That’s textbook anorexia – he limits when he can eat, what he can eat, and how much he can eat. My understanding of intermittent fasting means that you can eat whatever you want, but only during a set period of time (ie. I don’t eat for 10 hours, then I can eat whatever for 4 hours, then I don’t eat for 10 hours). He’s eating just one standard dinner once a day, while also exercising and then only drinking water for three days. That’s not healthy by anyone’s standards. It’s no wonder time seems slow – he’s starving his body.

      • lucy2 says:

        Thank you! Sounds like a fairly severe eating disorder to me, especially when added to a lot of exercise.

      • blinkers says:

        Very much agree.

      • Lua says:

        Definitely an eating disorder. There’s currently a disturbing trend of shrouding disorders under the umbrella of fasting without really looking at what the difference between the two are.

      • Tim Whatley says:

        Isn’t it only anorexia when you have a distorted view of your own body (e.g. think you are fat even when you are frighteningly thin)? This is just a different schedule of eating – I follow Dr. Jason Fung regarding views on intermittent fasting and the resulting autophagy is so very healthy and anti-aging.

      • Carol says:

        I don’t see how any reputable health expert would consider this a healthy lifestyle. I would bet he would be just as successful as a business person while eating a bit more throughout the day.

      • yeet says:

        @Tim Whatley – no, an eating disorder doesn’t have to involve body dysmorphia (though it often does). Anorexia Mirabilis was a case of people who fasted because it made them more religiously pure; at the time fasting was promoted by religion as a way to become closer to God. So these people who seemed to exist on nothing were called “miraculous” hence the name anorexia mirabilis. But those people did not have body dysmorphia as far as I know – they just said they didn’t want to be eat because they wanted to be as pure vessels for God as possible.

        There is also an emotional component to eating disorders (for any gender). Basically, if you have an eating disorder, then while you are starving you are emotionally dissociated and feel a high or just more pleasant. People without eating disorders feel terrible while starving.

        Similarly, someone with an eating disorder might find that their mood is even – they feel more flat while eating less – possibly because they don’t have to think about complex things like trauma or anxiety. So that’s why therapists are involved in the treatment of eating disorders – because as you start to eat more, your emotions come back on and you have to face what you were avoiding via the eating disorder.

      • isabelle says:

        OMAD wouldn’t consider at all a so called disorder but him not eating for 3 whole days on top of it—-yeah doesn’t sound right.

    • Ramen says:

      Sunshine, I agree! There is a lot of research on the health benefits of fasting – and these go well beyond just weight maintenance and weight loss – and I think for the majority of people, our bodies weren’t designed for nonstop eating during the waking hours. Some people however have super fast metabolisms and need those three big meals. For others, if you don’t “wake up” your stomach until 12 – 4PM, it doesn’t bother you for more food. However his version is devoid of fruit as he seems obsessive about sugar. I’m a big believer in the health- and brain-health-promoting aspects of fruit and I break my just-about-every-day fast with fruit. Also the no-food-on-weekends things is taking it too far, IMO, but his body, his life.
      Also, you don’t have to do IF every day to get the benefits. You can do 5:2 or just fast once a week.

    • whybother says:

      But what he is doing now is not fasting. He is starving himself
      Fasting has a lot of health benefits if done correctly. Our body needs a break from all the eating and fasting is a way to do it. Like a reset. But it is only done for 8-10 hours and we need to eat a complete and balanced meal to see the result; improve health, better digestion among others.

  3. SissyLaLa says:

    7 miles in 1 hr? That ain’t walking.

    • elimaeby says:

      That was my first thought. I used to run half marathons, and, um…that’s like my freaking running speed lol.

    • Sunnee says:

      Right. That’s a 8 minute and 50 seconds per mile, which is a jog. Although fasting has been around for centuries, he fasts every weekend.

      • T says:

        The people article says it’s five miles each way and it takes a little over an hour, so it’s still walking. I think the seven miles here is an error.

      • Celebitchy says:

        Oh ok I’m sorry for the error and will fix it!

      • Wilady says:

        That’s ten seconds faster than the mile I ran this morning, and I was booking it. Unless he’s 7 ft tall and it’s all legs, that’s no walk.

  4. Mumbles says:

    The Tech Bro culture thrives on this showy ascetism. They’re constantly bragging about drinking rain water and eating meal-replacements like the charmingly named Soylent. A few years ago some Big Tech Bro did a calorie-deprivation diet under the theory that it promoted longevity and all his dumb underlings followed suit.

    There was a great Slate article years ago exploring this phenomenon and the theory the author proposed is that these idiots think they’re superior (in intelligence, in value) to the rest of us and engage in these extreme behaviors to further distinguish themselves from us.

    • Jb says:

      This!! My husbands ceo bragged about cheating a RX and obtaining a continuous glucose monitor (he’s NOT diabetic) so he could see how his bs was going through out the day and alter his diet to affect his mood and thought process! I’m actually a Type I and had to jump through hoops to get my cgm covered by my insurance and get prior authorization before obtaining one. It will blow your mind the money and energy tech bros go through to say they’re at their peak performance mentally/physically…because once again pissing contests have evolved

    • stephanie says:

      Totally. They can be very very eccentric.

      Went to a christmas dinner party once for one of their companies and one of the founders of a A brand-name tech company showed up in his flannel pajamas…to the company christmas party.

      He also was on some crazy diet/meditation schedule. I was the only “normal” person there and was like – yo homeboy weighs 90 lbs and showed up in his pajamas? should you all be worried about his mental health? whats his mothers phone number? imma give her a call…but

      no one seemed concerned AT ALL

    • BorderMollie says:

      So, so true. Since it’s considered passé in those circles to do the traditional car-and-manor buying of the banking and energy ceos, they find more conspicuous ways to show off their power/wealth and separate themselves from us unwashed masses types. It’s gross.

    • Jenn says:

      Well said, Mumbles: “showy ascetism.” It adds a moral component to so-called “biohacking,” and it’s also very much a deliberate marker of wealth and privilege. Keto, Paleo… these are nice ideas, but they’re impossible for anyone living on a fixed income or in a food desert. Even Soylent — a nutrient-rich slurry that presumably could solve world hunger?? — is prohibitively expensive for many. Drinking it is “aspirational” the way Goop is aspirational.

      Here in San Francisco, there exists wealth inequality to the extreme — a huge gap between the haves and have-nots — and tech workers who all share this “DIY ethos” live in an economic and existential bubble. It’s interesting that you point out the derision tech-bros have for “the rest of us”: Bay Area-based tech CEOs are notorious for their hatred of the homeless, whom they step over on their way to work. (More than one tech CEO has retired after posting a Medium essay railing against the “homeless problem” here.) San Francisco real estate pits the very very wealthy against renters, too.

      There was an essay not long ago — I think it was by the former celebrity-gossip academic Anne Helen Petersen, who left university life to write for Buzzfeed — that was about, at least in part, the relentless millennial quest to become perfect Productivity Machines. This phenomenon has absolutely been mainstreamed by libertarian tech-bro culture, which values STEM, devalues art and soft sciences, perceives itself as anti-authoritarian and so is in love with “disruption,” etc.

      This is all to say, the derision the tech sector has for others is not covert.

  5. Alice Linton says:

    Each to his own. I do water fasts every spring, sometimes 2 weeks, for cleansing. Intermittent fasting has been proven beneficial by many doctors. Jack is basically following the extreme version of Dr. Gundry’s diet. Dr. Gundry is a heart surgeon. His diet is basically anti-inflammatory diet and helped me with several health issues. So although this isn’t main stream let’s be open minded, shall we?

    • hkk says:

      Completely agree. I learned about it from Dr. Fung’s writings but yes, open-minded please. Eating disorder? No. People need to question who told them to eat all day and why they think that is not disordered eating. If you spend time in other cultures especially where people are healthy weights you find people eating just one meal a day and a snack at times.

      • stephanie says:

        This guy sounds extremely sedentary so he can probably get by with fasting this often.

        Do they recommend fasting when you are participating in physical activities like exercise?

      • Laverdadduele says:

        Would you mind sharing which countries? I have lived in 3 so far and have worked with people from different cultures, and have yet to find that this type of diet is popular anywhere. However, I do not mind learning new things and like reading about stuff before forming an opinion.

      • KidV says:

        Stephanie – yes. When fasting you burn fat as fuel, which is a continuous source. People run marathons without hitting a wall and needing to carb up.

        For those genuinely interested in how it works, do the research, it’s pretty interesting.

      • Anatha. A says:

        Yes, please. Do the research. Because whatever your body burns first is NOT fat. It takes energy to burn fat, that’s why it is so difficult to lose it. What a body can burn quite easily though is muscles. That’s what it does, unless you maintain a healthy balance between adding fuel and burning fat. Doesn’t mean eating 24/7, but definitely eating a bit of carbs, more protein, a bit of fat, plus more of either to a healthy amount of calories/day.

    • Sunshine says:

      Thank you! This site definitely seems to have negative views about anything related to keto or fasting or alternate ways of eating. Nobody needs to be eating 3-5 times a day especially if you have issues with weight gain or insulin resistance. I’m amazed at how much less hungry I am since I started fasting and eating low carb.

      • stephanie says:

        I think it all depends. I just think its funny people are making it all fancy and strategic by calling it “intermittent fasting” like it is some new fad.

        I did that all the TIME when I had an eating disorder when I was younger and we just called it starving ourselves to lose weight. lolol

        I personally tried keto and I’m a runner and exerciser and I just can’t sustain my 6 mile runs, orange theory and hot yoga on no carbs. Keto is not for everyone, just as any diet is not for everyone. Works for some, not for others.

      • isabelle says:

        Some people sound like they are surprised us IFs are still alive to even visit the site. Harvard HARVARD published a very favorable paper on Intermittent Fasting but…..when you break the norm you will be seen as weird and “off”.
        Stephanie…your experiences aren’t others experience. I’ve never had an eating disorder and have always loved food. No problems eating it. Skipping breakfast and late night snacks isn’t always indicative of an eating disorder because you had one.
        It is no more of an indicator than someone who eats 3-6 meals being a food addict.

  6. Ader says:

    He’s a libertarian dick.

  7. Susannah says:

    I’m more like Clare on the Derry Girls where she hasn’t eaten for a little bit and feels she’s dying of hunger and can’t go on but then her friend Michelle points out it’s only been a couple of hours, so she’s basically just skipped lunch!
    I don’t really eat a big meal like a large breakfast or dinner but I do like to eat a few small meals and a protein snack or two to keep me going. I feel that if I ate like this guy my energy would lag during the day, it would just be one big slog, especially during the afternoon hours.

  8. Ali says:

    I hope he gives a lot of money to the world foood bank to make up for sounding like such an entitled douchebag. Mixed berries dark chocolate and red wine… 🙄

    • Ader says:

      lol. Ugh. The dark chocolate thing. Grrrrr. SO ANNOYING! All those hyper-materialistic douche-bros are into that now. It’s a status thing. Gah! I used to work for an Grade-A tech asshole who used to put “connoisseur of dark chocolate” in his bio.

      (I hate people so much today….lol.)

  9. stephanie says:

    I can’t stand people who brag about how long they fast.

    Its very “pro-ana” to me.

    I’d rather eat and be able to work out. I just enjoyed a streneous 5 mile mountain ridge hike around a local lake with a 1500 foot ascent last weekend. Couldn’t do that on zero calories. I love to chase and play with my 2 and 3 year nieces and nephews – cant do that on zero calories. He must be very sedentary on the weekends and looks a bit scrawny to me in the photo.

    I know the tech bro culture loves to get into the weeds on fads and geek out on things like this and from my experience – the tech bros are not the healthiest looking bunch. They may be experts on technology but I wouldnt take any health advice from them just because they are tech geniuses. They are strange birds lol

    I also don’t believe he *runs* 7 miles a day to work so that is either a miss print or out right lie. Maybe he walks. On that amount of food and restriction, he would crash after the 7 mile morning run if he didn’t refuel for 12 hours.

  10. Audrey says:

    If he were a woman, we’d call her anorexic.

  11. Naddie says:

    Those people’s breath must be toxic.

  12. Mrs. Peel says:

    If I had a glass of red wine after not eating for 22 hours I’d be dead.

  13. Molly says:

    What’s the time table on this plan of his? Because that’s basically the Survivor Diet, and we all know what happens when those people come off the island after 39 days.

  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    When I look at the population in America, I can safely say we eat too much. But we also pay too much attention to everything involving looks, body, diets, blah, blah, blah. There are eating disorders, plastic surgery disorders, we see dieticians, therapists, on and on. There’s nothing wrong with fasting imo. And eating one meal a day isn’t detrimental considering the kind of meal eaten. I come from a generation of ‘clean my plate’ all the while enduring a mother who chastised my weight daily (we’re talking five pounds). All that being said, if you’re in the public eye, and knowing full well how many suffer anorexia, careful disclosure should be paramount. Yes, by all means fast, but not if you struggle with eating.

  15. Brinanana says:

    I’ve been water fasting for months off and on, mixed with intermittent and periods of normal eating. I will 100% back up what this man is doing. After spending thousands on medical, having surgeries and everything else – THIS is the only thing that’s yielded health results. It’s honestly empowering and wonderful when done consciously. Also OMAD is effective because “one meal” and can be a lot. Look up the hashtag on Instagram, people aren’t eating a salad.

    • Alissa says:

      He literally said he’ll eat a protein and vegetable for his one meal and that his vegetable might be a salad. What he described did not sound like “a lot”.

    • hkk says:

      I’m glad to see people speaking up. This is not an eating disorder although people find themselves there for here but that’s not the point. This can be HEALTHIER than people eating all day.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      He doesn’t mention periods of normal eating, though. And his OMAD is restricted as well.

  16. Usedtobe says:

    I always love when people are like “there are doctors to support such a diet”. You look hard enough and there are doctors that support ANY and EVERY diet fad.
    I personally have no interest in fasting, keto or any other ‘fad’. I appreciate food, enjoy food, eat healthy and enjoy working out. That is for me. You do you, I’ll do me. Nuff said.

    • Darla says:

      ^^^

      this

    • Veronica S. says:

      Seriously. I’m on PubMed now, and the minute number of serious clinical studies about this type of diet is pretty telling. Most of it is preliminary, and the few that do look at stricter diets aren’t finding it much more or less effective than typical calorie restrictive diets. The denial is strong with ED sufferers, that’s for sure.

  17. babco says:

    This guy has afforded himself the luxury of meditating for hours by throwing humanity and decency through social media in the name of “freedom of expression”. It would be the people insulted, hounded and doxxed on Twitter who should enjoy these privileges.

    And yes, his dietary habits look very much like an ED and/or pissing contest between tech bros

    Last time the mindful Jack went to Myanmar, it was for a yoga retreat while people indoctrinated by his platform and “freedom” were committing genocide

    Any woman would pull one of these things …
    So Jack Dorsey
    f@@@k you and your new age optimised performance bs

    • Naddie says:

      100000x

    • K.T says:

      Ugh, yeah I agree. I also think people give Dorsey way to much benefit of the doubt about how much Twitter protects the far right wing. Look at who he followed & interacted with, he’s another greenwald or Assange…without the Russian fixation or support.
      I’m met too many super rich tech bro or gedge fund bro’s recently and they can be really lovely people but it their whole outlook is usually much more sympathetic with facist governments. And ironically, the more eastern religion fixation, the more bigoted they are?! It’s a superioty complex that their whole business model is shared from & feeds from…

    • Nan says:

      Yes! +++ Glad someone said it loud and clear.

  18. Sherry says:

    Well, he must be a real treat to deal with during the day. Also, cocaine.

  19. Alberto Delano Cox says:

    Oh, so that’s why he hasn’t made a single effort to curb Twitter’s firestorms of Nazis, trolls and dumbf. ery, he literally doesn’t have the energy!

  20. cupcake says:

    I wouldn’t want to date him, he’d probably shame me because I eat a protein and veggies 2x a day. god forbid if I had a slice of cheesecake. (Id have to sneak it before I saw him) LOL!

    –shivers

  21. Betsy says:

    Sorry, but I don’t quite get what he’s achieving with the five mile walks, two hours of meditation, and nightly full-body poaching. He runs Twitter. That doesn’t exactly scream,”Product of tortured genius.”

  22. Snowflake says:

    I feel like this intermittently fasting is a slippery slope to eating disorders. And passing it off as healthy is not good. The commenters on the article on the actress doing fasting really disturbed me. There’s no need to fast, just eat healthy and moderately.

  23. KidV says:

    It appears that when people fast for religious reasons it’s fine and applauded. People fasting for non-religious reasons and it’s un-healthy, they’ll develop an eating disorder, or just kill over at any second. Got it.

    The pushing of eating 6 meals day has created more eating disorders than someone only eating once or twice. People are obsessed with food now, constantly thinking about their next snack or meal.

    It’s freeing stepping away from the constant eating. I usually eat twice a day, no snacks. If I’m busy it’s only once a day, no snacks. I’m not hungry and I’m far more productive. And you get drunk really quickly if you break your fast with a glass of wine. I don’t recommend it.

    • Miss M says:

      @Kidv: so true! I grew up learning to eat when you are hungry! Because I used to have a fast metabolism but only able to eat small portions, I would eat very lightly about 6 meals throughout the day. My metabolism slowed down with Hashimoto and I literally eat when I am hungry: a very strong breakfast, good lunch and light dinner. I might snack in between if I feel hungry.
      Gluten free diet works for me because I am sensitive to it but I am not celiac so I only reduce what I eat. I tried keto for a very short time and it is not for me. So I am following my mantra: eat when I am hungry.

  24. LondonGal says:

    He’s very poorly. At the height of my anorexia, I was doing exactly the same thing. This is *not* good for him, his bones, organs and kidneys will be suffering.

  25. JadedBrit says:

    Another ex-anorexic here – and to my fellow commentators who have, or do suffer this hideous disease, you have my sympathy, empathy and full understanding (I had to fight very hard recently not to relapse over the last few months; even now it is hard sometimes not to be terrified of food) – who will state that his behaviour does sound indicative of an eating disorder. It’s a way to maintain control when all else feels turbulent and uncertain. His rigid routine bears this out, plus the ‘high’ from his water weekends – good God, someone: please help this man. Intermittent fasting and nurturing your body – fine; destroying it from the inside out – just terrible.

  26. nettie says:

    Intermittent fasting has proven benefits and I myself do it 15/9 which isn’t as extreme. I basically skip breakfast. It has helped with my blood pressure and my weight is so manageable doing this. My MD also does this and only eats one meal a day , dinner.

  27. Justmyopinion says:

    He isn’t doing IT, he’s got an obvious eating disorder. It’s clear by his comments. He doesn’t feel that food is needed. I dated a guy once who thought this way. He became very sick when attempting a 3 week fast, only drinking water, because he “felt he could do it. Any human can. We don’t need food.”

    • Darla says:

      I dated a guy like that once too. I was actually friends with him a long time afterwards. He really insisted humans don’t need food. You are talking to a girl who likes her italian restaurants and her cheesecake, so you can see why we didn’t last.

  28. Simon the Bird says:

    When women do it it’s disordered eating. When men do it it’s “bio hacking”.
    Got it.

    • Ramen says:

      He got a lot of criticism just for tweeting about it! You can look up the tweet. But agreed there’s a different reaction depending on the gender of the faster.

  29. Laura-j says:

    He sounds fun!

  30. Ramen says:

    He got a lot of flack for it when he tweeted about it. Yet intermittent fasting has been well researched and there’s no doubt it offers benefits beyond weight loss. Harvard Health (my go-to health research site) has stuff on it. As a lifestyle measure, it can control blood sugar spikes, keep your body younger (produces some substance I forget the term for), etc. It’s just how you do it. Jack’s one is the more extreme version. Some people fast 2 PM – 8 PM, only, for example.

  31. Shannon says:

    I don’t know anything about eating disorders, so I won’t go there. I will say that all sounds like a really complicated rich-person routine that surely isn’t necessary for health, but if it makes him feel better, whatever. Generally, though, if something gives me hallucinations, I’m going to change course and not do that thing again. Unless we’re talking about when I was in my early 20s and anyway, I digress lol

  32. Katebush says:

    I’ve just starting fasting and eat only between 2-8 pm. The benefits are well researched and evidence based.
    I think people can go overboard and extended fasts aren’t generally endorsed by most doctors.
    What this guy is doing sounds like an ED but I don’t thi k we should conflate it with intermittent fasting.

    • Veronica says:

      I have no idea how people do morning fasts, personally. That’s when I’m at my absolute hungriest. I get nauseous if I don’t eat within a hour or so of waking. Bodies are very strange that way.

      • isabelle says:

        You get used to it and your body adapts. I work out during my fasting window and don’t become hungry until my feeding window.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I actually have to do it – I take a medication that requires me to hold off eating for an hour in the morning after taking it. My body has never adjusted to it, and I generally have to eat within two hours or I feel like shit. I definitely can’t work out – I get dizzy and lightheaded. *shrugs* All bodies are different. I skip lunch all the time, so my body may just time its needs differently.

  33. Sarah says:

    Focus= Adderal.

  34. Veronica says:

    Yeah, they call those eating disorders. We can stop trying to normalize it with fancy names. Spare me the arguments calling me close-minded, guys. I didn’t earn degrees in the biological sciences to be so easily taken in by whatever pseudoscientific bullshit this dude found to lie to himself otherwise.

  35. Mox says:

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has an eating disorder.

  36. Adowa says:

    Smoking lots and lots weed does that to you

  37. Adowa says:

    When you have to work to pay the bills, you cant meditate for 4 hours a day

  38. wolfie88 says:

    so he’s eating as if he’s living in a third world country? where so many are “lucky” just to get one meal a day. Where here in the states obesity is crazy. intermittent fasting has proven benefits. that weird state of not pumpin’ fatty foods and sugar into your body 3-6x a day – the first time you fast is the body withdraw/detoxing from that crude.

  39. ikki says:

    he looks a bit starved tbh
    edit: I just went on twitter to check out the linked tweet… hold on, is he doing this to feel what poor people feel when they’re hungry?! this dude is so messed up smh