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Ronnie O’Sullivan reveals a strict diet that ‘gave him energy’ at the World Snooker Championship

Ronnie O’Sullivan is chasing a record eighth title at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield – and he hopes a new diet will make a difference at the Crucible

Ronnie O’Sullivan is fasting during the tournament(George Wood/Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan is hopeful that following a fasting diet will help him make history at the World Snooker Championship.

O’Sullivan is chasing a record eighth Crucible crown in Sheffield as he tries to edge Stephen Hendry. He continues his quarter-final against Stuart Bingham on Wednesday afternoon with the score at 4-4 after the first session on Tuesday.

The Rocket has been open about his personal struggles, which have hindered his performance and caused him to fall away from the game. The 48-year-old has been working with sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters to help him deal with the ‘terrible dark world’ of overthinking and has taken medication to help with anxiety.

And now he has implemented a new approach to try and secure a new title and the £500,000 cheque. “I just do what’s right for me,” he explained after beating Ryan Day in the previous round. “It’s not like I sit down with someone and figure out what’s right, what’s wrong and how I can peak.

“A lot of people think of me. What I do do is try to eat well. I’m doing intermittent fasting for this tournament because it gives me more energy. There are certain things I do that don’t necessarily mean I’m going to win. I just need every little advantage I can get at this stage.

“This is a tournament of endurance, endurance and concentration. For me, intermittent fasting just gives me a little more energy. Once the tournament is over, I’ll be eating 24 hours a day again. There are times when you have to figure out what’s right for you. I go through a period of time where I don’t eat and it’s just amazing how much energy it gives you. I have always found that it works very well for me.”

The idea came to O’Sullivan after a period of illness and has stuck. “I got sick and the only way to rest my stomach was not to eat,” he added.

Ronnie O’Sullivan will face Stuart Bingham in the quarter-final(George Wood/Getty Images)

“My nutritionist said, ‘The only thing you can do is not eat,’ but of course you have to eat. I did it and I said, ‘You know what, I love this, it’s great.’ I just felt it worked for me.