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Could Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s One-Meal-A-Day Diet Work For You?

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has revealed that he has been following an extremely limited diet. It is so extreme he only eats one meal each day, even during his very busy business weeks. 

Dorsey, 42, explained his diet on Ben Greenfield’s “Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance” podcast. Twitter’s chief said he only eats at dinnertime between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Such diet plan is considered extreme as it does not even meet most experts’ recommended daily food consumption. People should eat at least three solid meals per day or six smaller meals throughout the day. 

But Dorsey still knows what balance means for his diet. His daily meal includes protein sources, such as chicken, steak and fish, combined with vegetables, like salad, spinach, asparagus or Brussels sprouts, according to Page Six

“During the day, I feel so much more focused,” Dorsey said. “You have this very focused point of mind in terms of this drive.”

But for weekends, the executive takes his diet plan to another level. He tends to completely fast from Friday evening to Sunday, drinking only water throughout the said days.

“The first time I did it, like day three, I felt like I was hallucinating. It was a weird state to be in,” Dorsey said. “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.”

With these positive effects on Dorsey, will eating less also give you more health benefits? 

Time-restricted feeding or intermittent fasting requires people to follow a "one meal a day" or OMAD approach. The people on this diet plan fast for 23 hours and eat food and get all calories in one hour. 

A number of studies previously showed OMAD, despite being “extreme” for some people, actually has positive health effects. Eating a single meal each day could help reduce inflammation and disease risks and increase human growth hormone levels for muscle building and burning fat, according to mindbodygreen

When you are planning to commit to fasting or OMAD, it is important to always get enough calories and nutrients in a day. Monitor your calories and nutrient intake based on your age, weight and activity level. 

Fasting requires not only the dedication to stay away from food for a certain period of time, but also to take healthy food at the right time. 

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