Adam Sandler is only eating for 6 hours in the day ‘but I eat so much’

Adam Sandler was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he’s promoting Uncut Gems, which is coming to Netflix May 25th. I loved that movie, but I’m half convinced that you have to like horror movies to appreciate it. Forgive me if you heard me tell this story last time, but I saw it with my son, my friend and his wife. My friend and I, who both love horror, thought it was awesome but my son and my friend’s wife found it too stressful. It’s more of a thriller than horror, but it’s fast-paced and can be unnerving if you don’t like those type of films. Adam was robbed of an Oscar nom for that role, he was so good in it.

Adam and Jimmy were goofy together, some of these at-home interviews can devolve when they know each other really well, but it was funny. My favorite part was then they started commiserating about how they’re eating a lot and aren’t exercising enough. Also Adam’s daughter Sunny, 11, was there at the beginning of the interview. She’s so cute! Adam and his wife of 17 years, Jackie, also have daughter Sadie, 14. Adam said that Sunny and Sadie have taken over his office to do their homework and that he has to speak quietly on the phone while they’re working. Here’s some of what they said in the interview and you can see it below.

I feel like you’re designed for quarantine because you don’t like to go places, right?
You know that. I like it better [when I get the chance] to say no. I like when my wife says ‘let’s go somewhere’ and I go ‘na, I don’t want to do that.’ I don’t like being told by this pandemic you can’t go anywhere. It’s cool being able to say no.

Somebody posted a video of you doing pushups outside your house while your family looked on
That son-of-a-bitch dude who hides in front of my house, I don’t know where he’s hiding…. I have this app that tells you how many pushups to do and so I [did it because] I knew that if I didn’t do my pushups then I’ll never get it done. So I’m on the street doing pushups. This jerk is filming me and I don’t go all the way down because I ripped my chest muscle. It looks like I don’t know how to do a pushup.

Adam, to Jimmy: Are you working out, are you eating right?
Jimmy: No I’m not doing either of those things. I have not worked out one time since this started and I’m eating like a pig.
Adam: You look good. I have ups and downs. I’m doing that thing now where you can only eat certain hours of the day. I’m doing that move but I eat so much during those six hours.
Jimmy: I’m doing it too, but I’m doing the reverse.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on YouTube]

Here’s the video of Adam doing pushups that they mention! Adam said that his wife used to throw him out of the house when he annoyed her. Now that they’re in quarantine it takes so long for her to help him get a mask and gloves that they end up calming down and she lets him stay. That story did not sound exaggerated at all, I can see his wife telling him to step outside.

He also told a complicated story about ordering takeout from a new place. They tried to make him come in to get it even though he forgot his mask at home. That’s why he’s eating too much, he’s ordering takeout all the time! I never understood intermittent fasting because I count calories (I use a kitchen scale and MyFitnessPal). IF does work for some people, but you can still eat more than you need in any given window. I’ve known a few people who have tried it and haven’t lost weight. I was trying to limit my eating from 7am to 7pm, but I stopped doing that during lockdown. Eating too much is one of the few pleasures left, but I go in phases – wild see-saw phases.

Adam did a music video with Pete Davidson for SNL a couple of weeks ago called “Stuck in the House” (he comes in at 1:30 and that’s below). It was so dumb, but it made me laugh a few times. He also did a song for Tina Fey’s NY fundraiser, you can see it here it’s called “Sleep it Away.” Tina’s show ended up raising a whopping $115 million! (Hecate reported on that earlier today.)

Here’s that interview!

Here’s “Stuck in the House” if you haven’t seen it yet:


photos credit: WENN, and screenshot from YouTube

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Uncut Gems is a very tense, stressful movie and he did deserve a nomination. That ending!

    • trout predator says:

      the scene where he breaks down in his office and he’s pretending to still be mad at Julia while asking why nothing he does ever works out…I cried! he deserved a nomination, at least. there’s layers to adam sandler, he just chooses not to show them off that often.

    • Leskat says:

      I agree! My husband and I watched it last week and I could barely take it. I was so antsy, constantly shifting on the couch because I was so uncomfortable and stressed. He deserved a lot more recognition for this role! Too bad the Academy couldn’t separate his previous stuff from this.

  2. smee says:

    I started out fasting doing 16/8 and it’s really worked for me. Once I understood that it doesn’t matter what hours you do as long as you keep all your eating (& drinking) within that 8 hour window….6 hours would mean eating dinner pretty early tho but these days…

    Uncut Gems blew my mind

    • Original Jenns says:

      I’m just not a breakfast eating person, so once I cut the late morning snacking, it was ok to do a 16/8. I don’t think it would be as easy to do an 18/6 normally, but working from home might give me a better support system to do it. Much harder though! Late lunch and strict dinner time (we are pretty lax about that lately). And I do love My Fitness Pal! It’s pretty cool and really helpful tracking all kinds of foods.

      Adam’s been more interesting to me than in years. He really lost me during the grownup movies, but I liked pixels and Murder Mystery, and branching into Uncut Gems took guts as a completely different property for him.

    • Mara says:

      Interesting, I’ve heard it gives you more energy as well as being good for weight loss – are you finding that’s true?

      • Cidee says:

        I have used IF for almost a year (on and off) and have SO much more energy when I do it. It isn’t for everyone but I have a good amount of self-discipline when it comes to WHAT I eat and I only do it when I drift 5+ lbs over my goal weight (otherwise I count calories and am more stringent re: diet – like after a bigger “holiday” surge). I limit myself to minimal sugar and only eat from 4-9pm. Give it a try!

  3. Jamie says:

    I’ve started doing a 16/8 fast and I love it! I’ve never been a breakfast person, so not eating until noon is fine with me. I didn’t realize how much late night snacking I was doing when I wasn’t actually hungry. Now I’ll think “I should have some chips! Oh wait, I can’t” but when I stop and listen to my body, I wasn’t hungry… I was just bored

  4. Allz says:

    18/8 isn’t just for losing weight, it can be so beneficial in other ways too. It really helps me in the morning, I didn’t realize how much snacking I did before noon. It’s definitely tougher while I’m at home 24/7, but I’ve been able to maintain.

  5. BendyWindy says:

    I love horror movies, so I will definitely give this a try.

    Husband and I aren’t fasting, but we have naturally settled into eating about once a day. He’s down about 10 lbs, and I’m the same because I don’t think it’s possible for me to weigh less than I do without dying.

    I’m on a medication that makes me lose weight. I haven’t been this thin since middle school. I also have breast implants that were small on my bigger frame when I got them. Now I look like boobs on a stick. Before lockdown, I’d see people and they would tell me how great I look. I miss my booty. Lol.

    • pattyc says:

      BendyWindy…hate to pry, but I’m soooo curious (if you wish to share..) what medication might make you lose so much weight? I’ve only had the OPPOSITE outcome. Tragic!! Lol

  6. Lucy2 says:

    If I didn’t have anything for 18 hours, I would feel awful. My blood sugar would drop and I would feel dizzy and nauseous. No thanks.

    I get him being annoyed that someone filmed him and put it on the Internet, but I have to say, if you’re going to go do push-ups at the end of your driveway, people are going to look at you.

  7. Chelly says:

    Hes better when he is out of his goofball element (in relation to movies). Hes a great dramatic actor but he pinned himself in goofy, comedic roles that when he does something “Oscar-worthy”, like Uncut Gems, Hollywood still cant take him seriously. It sucks cause he was also incredible in Punch Drunk Love. Anyway hes well liked & respected by his peers, also, gained a lot of new fans who didnt/dont appreciate his usual schtick films.

  8. Bella says:

    Uncut Gems is thrilling an he was great in it! At times I was holding my breathe because the movie is so intense!! Loved it

  9. stormsmama says:

    That was a great interview! He was very funny!!

  10. 360degrees says:

    Seems like a nice guy and there are hundreds of positive fan-meets-celeb stories about him out there (always happy to chat and take a pic etc). IF is my lifelong lifestyle (and I also follow nutritarianism (lots of fruit and vegetables)). I try to do 18/6 every day. I lost 15 kgs over six months on this, and I have fruit to break the fast, before a 1.5-portion-sized (i.e., bigger than regular portion) dinner.

    It’s established fact IF leads to better blood-glucose control, which in turn has been linked to better COVID-19 outcomes most recently. Also very convenient and flexible. I can have lunch once or twice a week if I’m socialising or just feel like it and still maintain or lose weight (just adjust dinner / main meal portion size for maintenance vs weight loss). You can maintain weight by eating a bigger dinner (double usual size) or lose weight by controlling your dinner intake. Also, you can shift your main meal to lunchtime and have a light soup for dinner. Some people do two meals with lunch and dinner. Others just graze throughout their window and end up maintaining their weight while enjoying the other health benefits (immune system and blood glucose). The hunger goes away after a while, and remember a little hunger can be an okay thing; fasting has been done for millennia in some cultures. However, I think a small percentage of people, those with very fast metabolisms, should not do IF on a regular basis.