By Tom Midlane @GoldenLatrine
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Videographer / Director: Ruaridh Connellan
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Editor: Sonia Estal
While most fitness fanatics stick to steamed chicken and broccoli, Blake, from Paramus, New Jersey, has carved out a huge online following with his late-night eating videos which feature him devouring his gigantic junk food meals.
His culinary creations include everything from enormous pizzas covered in Marshmallow Fruity Pebbles, to vast banana splits and whole trays of burgers and tacos.
The 34-year-old intermittent faster funnels all his daily calories into a solitary meal each day, which he live streams to his 163,000 followers on his Blake_201 Instagram page at 2am each night - finishing each live cast by proudly showing off his ‘food baby’ and slapping his swollen belly.
And Blake admits that his mad meals allow him a chance to indulge in the kind of ‘midnight feasts’ that he dreamt about as a child.
He said: “It’s like you’re an unchaperoned child in the kitchen allowed to make whatever you want and that’s what it’s like. Adults forget to have fun with food a lot of the time."
And while Blake now has rippling abs and bulging biceps, he wasn’t always such an Adonis.
When he turned 30 he lost 60lbs with a diet that involved eating small portions throughout the day, but the regime left him miserable.
He said: “My social life was gone, I remember standing in the kitchen one night and being like ‘Is this what you’ve got to do to keep abs?’
“My friends would call me to go out and it would be like 10pm and I had no calories left to spend to go out drinking and having fun, so I was like 'ah no I’ll stay in’. I was constantly staring at the clock waiting for my next meal, I was hungry all the time."
Determined to wave goodbye to tupperware, Blake discovered intermittent fasting - reducing his daily intake initially to two big meals, and then finally to just giant one.
"I save up all my calories and spend them all in one shot. Where regular people eat three meals a day, I get all my nutrients, carbs, fats, proteins, micro nutrients, fibre, everything all in that one big monster meal,” he said.
"I enjoy myself a lot more now, and my health is perfect.
"I haven’t had an unenjoyable meal in the longest longest time. People ask ‘Do you enjoy this, why would I do it if I didn’t enjoy it?'
“Eating one meal a day is a godsend - I no longer get hungry so it’s like I’m completely free."
Although his meals leave him so full that he is unable to have sex, his unusual regime has the full backing of his girlfriend Jennifer Hiraldo AKA ‘ Big Jenni', who often joins him in the gym for an intensive workout - and also regularly features on his Instagram live casts.
He said: “If I’m having sex it’s before a meal, it’s anytime in the day or night but I make sure that eating is the last thing I do.
"I do everything I needed to do for the day whether it’s training or work, sex included, before I have that meal. That meal’s the last thing, I mean you see my food baby it’s monstrous, I just wanna go to sleep after that, I want to lay down.”
And while his salt and sugar-heavy junk food-inspired meals might seem like a fitness fanatic’s nightmare, Blake is adamant that they provide his body with everything it needs.
He said: ”A lot of my meals don’t look healthy to the untrained human eye, but I focus on getting the proper macro and micro nutrients.
"I believe that’s where health comes from rather than eating clean, you can eat clean all you want and you can end up hitting nutritional blind spots and being unhealthy."
Blake keeps up an intense body weight-based form of callisthenics and cycles regularly on his BMX bike, and claims his one-meal-a-day diet harks back to the way humanity would have eaten in the distant past.
He said: "I eat to go to sleep because number one I believe the body is meant to digest while resting. Animals do that and humans did that at the beginning of time in the hunter gatherer days."