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Shervin Roohparvar Reveals Exactly What He Eats Between Intermittent Fasting

The Shahs of Sunset entrepreneur gets so hungry after working out, he "shouldn't be talked to."

By Tamara Palmer

Shervin Roohparvar has just opened up his first fine-dining restaurant, but as it turns out, the Shahs of Sunset entrepreneur actually spends a lot of time not eating.

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"I've been doing intermittent fasting for the past couple years, so I don't eat for 14 to 16 hours at a time," he told The Feast. "Basically in any 24-hour block, 14 or 16 hours I’ll be fasting. What happens is, after my dinner, the next day when I wake up I’m totally fasted. I can have a coffee and water. I can have more than one coffee if I want — but it has to be black — and water throughout the day. And then when I get get up I do my emails, I do my phone calls, if I have to run to a meeting... or errand or two, and then I go to the gym and I work out fasted."

It definitely takes discipline for this to be the daily routine.

"By this time, I am so hungry that one: I shouldn’t be talked to. And two: I’m literally salivating for the protein bar that's in my locker," he says of his post-workout moments. "So when I’m done working out, I’ll break my fast immediately right there in the locker room with the protein bar. I use Quest Bars. My favorite flavor is Rocky Road, so I’ll eat [that] and then maybe a banana, and then I’ll leave the gym and I’ll pick something up."

At night, he finally eats a substantial, meaty meal. 

"Normally, being a bachelor and living by myself, I don't cook a lot at home. There’s always some kind of dinner plan, but by the time we get to dinner and we sit down, some time has gone by. So I might pick up a chicken salad and eat that in the meantime and that will hold me over until I get to dinner, which normally is a couple hours later."
And what's for dinner? Well, "I’m a carnivore," he says. "I need meat, lots of it, so my go-to is steak, kebab of course.

And if that sounds carb light, it's not necessarily — if you're Persian. "The downside of being Persian is that you grow up on kebab, which isn’t the same without rice."

-Reporting by Alesandra Dubin

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