Instagram is filled with legions of death-defying, multi-talented, and otherwise-impressive specimens of the human race. One of them is user @blake_201, who likes to go by Blake, a New Jersey man who -- it's true! -- successfully conditioned his body into well-toned muscles and a rack of abs through a controversial dieting method: intermittent fasting.
As Blake explained to Thrillist, that means "consuming all of your daily nutrients in a shorter time frame than normal." He has done some version of intermittent fasting for three and a half years now, and for the last two and half years, he has eaten one meal a day, some of them topping out over 4,000 calories. He regularly posts videos and stills of himself, usually sitting next to his girlfriend, feasting on insanely large meals: chicken bacon ranch mac & cheese fries with garlic bread subs (~4,000 calories); 8 lbs of a bacon ranch Bagel Bites salad (~3,800 calories); a cheese fries hot dog pizza (~4,000 calories); and the clips go on and on and on. For those who live their lives eating a metered, three-squares-a-day diet, scrolling through his Instagram is both overwhelming and fascinating.