"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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