Elon Musk revealed over the weekend that he has embraced intermittent fasting, weeks after the billionaire faced some online trolling after photos surfaced of him lounging shirtless on a yacht near Mykonos.
Musk, 50, told his followers on Sunday that he weighs “over 20 pounds”. [9kg] below my peak (unhealthy) weight.”
He said occasional fasting has contributed to his recent success on the diet, New York Post informed.
“On the advice of a good friend, I have been fasting periodically and feel healthier,” Musk tweeted.
Musk referenced his use of the “Zero” fitness app, describing it as “pretty good.”
The app bills itself as a resource for users to “unlock the power of intermittent fasting for weight loss and improved metabolic health.”
In a tweet to another follower, Musk said he also lifts weights “a little bit.”
Musk caused a stir on social media in July after images showed the Tesla boss looking pasty while relaxing on a luxury yacht with William Morris Endeavor boss Ari Emanuel and his new girlfriend Sarah Staudinger.
The richest individual in the world made fun of himself on Twitter when the images began to appear in memes.
“Haha, damn it, maybe I should take my shirt off more often… release the pinch!! (already back at the factory btw),” Musk tweeted at the time.
Musk made further comments in July in response to a post by the @WholeMarsBlog account, which criticized people for making fun of the billionaire’s physique.
“Per new CDC guidelines, anyone who posts a shirtless selection of @elonmusk to make fun of him must also post a photo of themselves shirtless for comparison,” the account said.
“To be honest, it’s a good motivation to exercise, eat healthier and maybe take my shirt off more than once a year haha,” Musk joked in response.
Musk also drew criticism from his father, South African engineer Errol Musk, who said his son was “eating poorly” and suggested he should take diet pills to control his weight.
In response, Elon Musk admitted that he wanted to start exercising more often.
“I have to exercise and get in better shape,” Musk said. “I don’t really like to exercise that much, but I have to.”
Intermittent fasting refers to “an eating plan that switches between fasting and eating on a regular schedule,” according to a Johns Hopkins Medicine blog post.
“Research shows that intermittent fasting is a way to control your weight and prevent, or even reverse, some forms of disease,” the post says.
Musk has to balance his fitness plan within a busy daily schedule that includes managing several companies, including Tesla and SpaceX.
It is also in the midst of a lengthy legal battle with Twitter after pulling out of a $44 billion deal to buy the social media firm. A trial to resolve the dispute is scheduled to begin in October.
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