Terry Crews, actor, former NFL player, and host of Netflix’s “Ultimate Beastmaster,” discusses the diet he’s followed for the past five years to stay in great shape. Following is a transcript of the video.
My first meal is at 2 p.m. And then I eat from 2 to 10.
Over the last five years, I’ve been doing intermittent fasting. What happens is, I work out very early in the morning, but then I don’t eat. My first meal is at 2 p.m. And then I eat from 2 to 10.
Now, within the times I don’t eat, the fasting period, which is a 16-hour fasting, I drink amino acids drinks. I’ll have coffee, maybe tea. Sometimes I’ll have a little coconut oil on a spoon that makes you feel a little satiated. But it’s never a meal. And then, once I get on my meals, it’s good.
Now, the problem with intermittent fasting is that you never want to have a bad meal. [Laughs] Because you’re, like, “I waited all day, 16 hours for this?”
Over the last five years it’s really kept me in great, great shape. They found, scientifically, there’s a thing called “autophagy.” Autophagy is when the cells in your body are rebuilding themselves. It’s one of those things where you go without the food — it really strengthens your cells.
The cells are trying to rebuild, and they’re trying to do their thing, and it’s a wonderful thing. It’s kind of like renewed. Once it’s done digesting, the body’s done working with food; it starts to work on other cells in the body.
I can feel the difference. I literally can put pictures of myself now versus pictures of myself at 22 years old, and I look and feel much better right now.
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