Marcus Antebi used to be addicted to drugs, alcohol, and refined sugar. Now he runs an organic food and juice company that's caught the eye of celebrities such as Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, and Novak Djokovic.
The addict-turned-entrepreneur, who also spent years boxing competitively, launched Juice Press in 2010. Since, he's grown his New York City-based company from one storefront to more than 50.
The 47-year-old Antebi credits much of his energy and stamina to a simple habit he recently developed: "I stop eating at sunset, which is 6:00 p.m. in the winter time and a little later in the summertime."
The Juice Press co-founder and CEO has been experimenting with the routine for six months. It hasn't altered his sleep schedule — he still goes to bed around midnight — or his workout schedule.
He also hasn't changed how much food he eats. He only altered when he eats.
"It's been pretty successful," he says. "I notice a difference in my athletic endurance and how much less sleep I need. For me personally, it's not about weight loss, but I have to bring that into the equation. For a couple of years, I was walking around at about 165. Without really changing my caloric intake or what I'm eating, I'm back to 152."
By eliminating food after sunset, he's "taken away the one giant area where I used to make epic mistakes: dinner time," Antebi explains. After all, nutritional research suggests that nothing good happens late at night.
He's also eliminating a lot of "social meals," as those tend to happen over dinner. "If you go out and eat socially at an Italian restaurant, for example, it's easy to eat a huge thing of pasta and maybe sneak a few pieces of bread in," Antebi says.
"It's definitely a difficult lifestyle pattern to change," the Juice Press CEO admits, particularly if you often eat socially or are used having dinner with your family after work. "I'm not saying it's a universal prescription for the whole world — I'm just describing my experience."
There is something to be said for investing in your health in a way that works for you. If Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey could give his younger self one piece of advice, it would be to pay more attention to his fitness and nutrition.
"A healthier lifestyle ultimately makes me more creative and allows me to think more cohesively," Dorsey says.
While this may not be the routine for you, it doesn't hurt to experiment, especially if you're looking to improve your health in 2017. "Just try it for a month and see what happens," Antebi says.