The Twitter CEO Diet: Just don't eat for a few days

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event at CES 2019 in Las Vegas in January.
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What fuels Jack Dorsey? Sunlight? Wind? The gentle glow of a smartphone screen? It doesn’t seem to be food, as Dorsey recently told the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast he eats one meal a day, and sometimes doesn’t consume anything but water for three days. GQ latched on to this especially eyebrow-raising explanation from Dorsey: “The first time I did it, like day three, I felt like I was hallucinating. 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.”

None of us—myself included—should generally feel in a position to comment on or criticize what and how other people eat. Some people prefer small snacks to big meals; some might not feel hungry until noon; some want one indulgent meal offset by smaller, healthier ones. You do you! But Dorsey’s diet seems plainly insufficient, from a straight-up biological perspective. That one meal he eats on weekdays? It’s typically “a protein, green vegetables, and dark chocolate or berries for dessert.” Man, where are your carbs? Get some long-grain rice in there. Maybe try a slice of bread. And don’t forget dairy, my favorite of all food groups.


Again, I don’t want to shame anyone’s version of a “healthy” diet, just raise the question of whether this very public figure’s purportedly “focused” state when he hasn’t eaten in two days is advisable. Oh, and here’s the 10-foot pole with which I refuse to touch the question of whether Dorsey has an eating disorder. If you want to debate that, is the place for you.

Kate Bernot is managing editor at The Takeout and a certified beer judge.

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