Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey is into intermittent fasting

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Strange diet practices of the elite

How do wealthy entrepreneurs go about finding the energy required to build their businesses? Many of them swear by special diets, and other wacky health practices that they claim gives them the energy needed to do much better than the average person. Does their success suggest that there may be some truth to their claims?

Billionaire Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is one who claims that his unusual health practices give him the mental clarity and energy required to be among the extremely wealthy. Most famously, Jack Dorsey believes in intermittent fasting. This practice involves not eating for at least 16 hours each day, usually only eating one meal at a time. If one eats enough calories in this single large meal, a person can realistically eat enough calories each day. Intermittent fasting is no longer a rare practice and has become much better known that it was only a few years ago. It is, however, nowhere near mainstream or entirely accepted by medical doctors. Someone who has never heard of intermittent fasting before might assume it is unhealthy quackery, difficult without providing any health benefits. Other famous people who insist on intermittent fasting are movie stars Justin Theroux and Hugh Jackman.

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Does intermittent fasting have any medically accepted benefits? There is a growing amount of evidence that it may help the body cleanse itself of dead cells, a process called autophagy, which can detoxify the body and slow the process of aging. In 2016, the University of California discovered evidence that intermittent fasting may increase lifespan significantly. There is also some evidence that a person with diabetes may completely overcome their need for insulin with intermittent fasting and a proper diet. While no one claims that intermittent fasting can permanently cure diabetes in the real sense, intermittent fasting may help a diabetic live with no symptoms as long as they continue to fast daily forever.

Is intermittent fasting safe? Indeed, it has its potential dangers. Any diet that involves hunger can easily backfire and result in weight gain. Those who cannot mentally handle only eating one meal a day seven days a week may end up eating pizza, ice cream, and other very fattening foods when they are allowed to eat. Hunger causes cravings for filling, low-quality foods. Of course, those who promote intermittent fasting recommend non-processed meat and vegetables based diet. Those who practice intermittent fasting also claim that it only takes a lot of will power in the short run, and will reliably become almost easy over time. Many of those who have experimented with intermittent fasting also find that it interferes with their sleep – and sleep is certainly not overrated. There is also the risk of muscle loss, and of putting the mind under too much stress.

Possibly, one reason why new diets that promise enormous benefits have been appearing so frequently for so many decades is that there are multiple paths to health. Both vegans and all meat carnivores (there are more than a few of them nowadays) are eating non-processed foods, after all. Probably both the vegan diet and the carnivore diet risk certain vitamin deficiencies, but compared to a blatantly poor junk food diet, these are natural and nutritious diets. A person who follows any diet plan is also more likely to exercise and avoid tobacco than someone who makes little or no attempt to avoid unhealthy foods.

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