Twitter founder and CEO and billionaire Jack Dorsey has more money than he could ever need — but he’s not acting like it. Unlike the self-made wealthy folk of years gone by, Dorsey and a growing number of top-earning tech entrepreneurs aren’t swilling vintage champagne and banqueting in their free time. Instead, they’re practicing an extreme form of self-denial that has me both troubled and puzzled.
Dorsey recently appeared on the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast to explain his monkish lifestyle in more detail than the 240 character blasts he’s known for sending out to the less biologically enlightened universe. He says he eats only one meal a day in the week and doesn’t let any foodstuff pass his lips at the weekend. He also starts every day with an ice bath. “Nothing has given me more mental confidence than being able to go straight from room temperature into the cold,” he says. And, rain or shine, he walks the five miles from his home to his office. It’s all part of his ever-evolving quest to keep his brain functioning at maverick CEO level. And, I suppose, outlive anyone silly enough to think that eating regular, balanced meals is sensible.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been in the news time and again for his rather unusual eating habits. And now, he has once again set a new talking point.
The CEO set a storm on social media when he discussed a new health regime he has adopted on a podcast recently. In the interview, Jack Dorsey said that he only ate one meal a week and fasted on the weekends. Sounds shocking right? He also mentioned that he follows up his one meal a day regime with some servings of salads and dark chocolates which he likes to indulge in.
Naturally, this meal plan shocked fans as well as wellness experts. Surviving on 5 meals a week does seem like a bad idea but according to the CEO, he is doing better than before. The new diet plan has helped him plan his day better, be more focused and clear any mental blocks.
He was quoted as saying, “The first time I did it, like day three, I felt like I was hallucinating,” Dorsey said. “It was a weird state to be in. 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.”
He also listed out some other hacks he has adopted to live his life in a holistically better way such as taking an ice-cold bath early morning and indulging in a relaxing sauna post work in the evenings for just 15 minutes.
“During the day, I feel so much more focused. You have this very focused point of mind… I can go to bed and actually knock out in 10 minutes, if not sooner than that,”
What Dorsey follows is One Meal A Day (OMAD) plan, which is kind of an extreme version of intermittent fasting (IF), where people are supposed to eat their meals for a day only during a specific time window. Such diets are usually adopted to lose weight, detox the body and improve mental health but only works if it is followed in the right manner. To simply state, when you are going on Intermittent Fasting, you are also fasting yet feeding your body. The body gets good nutrition from what you eat and then burn the fat and calories during the fasting window. Since IF is not a one-size fit all, people adopt the diet plan in the way which works best for them.