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GREEK EFFECT: Elon Musk says he lost 20 pounds after paparazzi pics had fans worried he was overweight

Musk had earlier become fodder for countless memes after being spotted shirtless onboard a yacht in Greece
UPDATED AUG 30, 2022
Elon Musk has been practicing intermittent fasting (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)
Elon Musk has been practicing intermittent fasting (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Billionaire Elon Musk took to Twitter to share that he had shed "Over 20 lbs down from my (unhealthy) peak weight." According to him, he achieved it through intermittent fasting. In one of his tweets on August 28, 2022, Musk also revealed that he had taken the advice of a good friend and that had led him to successful dieting. 

Earlier, in July, pictures had surfaced where the 51-year-old could be seen shirtless onboard a private yacht in Greece near Mykonos. The Tesla CEO was with a small group of friends, including the newlywed couple Ari Emanuel and Sarah Staudinger. Musk lounged bare-chested on the 'Zeus' as they sailed the Aegean Sea. Fans had expressed concern over his increasing weight and had then proceeded to make memes about it. 


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The multi-billionaire endorsed the 'Zero' app, writing, "The Zero fasting app is quite good." The app describes itself as helping people "unlock the power of intermittent fasting to improve [their] health and manage weight."

In another tweet, Musk asked his followers, "Please share some things in this thread which are working for you in life & that others may find helpful!" He also added that he would be doing the same: "From time to time, I will share some things that seem to be working for me, in case you find it helpful."



It certainly seems that the father of 10 has taken his health seriously and is working towards leading a fitter life. 

Earlier, Musk had also joined in on the joke over his shirtless pictures. In July, a user shared a picture of a shirtless Musk with a drink in his hand with the tweet, "F**k yea I got my $ behind this man. So so many other smart investors." Musk replied, "Haha damn, maybe I should take off my shirt more often … free the nip!! (already back in the factory btw)."


Among the trolls, one user had written, "My day is now ruined after a shirtless Elon Musk just popped up on the timeline from some yacht in Mykonos so now you have to see it too." Someone else compared the billionaire's torso to that of a blobfish. 



Meanwhile, one fan had defended the SpaceX founder, writing, "According to new CDC guidelines anyone posting a shirtless pick of @elonmusk to make fun of him must also post a shirtless pic of themselves for comparison." This drew a response from Musk himself, who wrote, "Tbh, it’s good motivation to work out, eat healthier & maybe take my shirt off outside more than once a year haha."


Now, given the fact that the CEO of Tesla Motors is 20 pounds lighter and on the road to improving his overall health, many followers are once again considering the benefits of intermittent fasting. According to John Hopkins Medicine, "With intermittent fasting, you only eat during a specific time. Fasting for a certain number of hours each day or eating just one meal a couple days a week, can help your body burn fat. And scientific evidence points to some health benefits, as well." 

The blog also explains, "Research shows that the intermittent fasting periods do more than burn fat," adding, "Some people try intermitting fasting for weight management, and others use the method to address chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol or arthritis."