We won’t get into politics on this website, but since you may have seen Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention this week, you may have noticed how much thinner he is compared to when he was the 42nd President of the United States.
President Clinton was well known for his eating habits. As a 1992 New York Times article put it, “From Sims Bar-B-Q to Juanita’s, from Doe’s Eat Place to Hungry’s Cafe, President-elect Clinton prefers the stuff with fat in it: jalapeno cheeseburgers, chicken enchiladas, barbecue, cinnamon rolls and pies.” He was also 6′ 2″ and weighed over 230 pounds, when he was his heaviest.
In 2010, after going heart surgery, he adopted a mostly plant-based diet, renouncing the high-calorie, high-fat, and sugar-rich fare of his younger days. As a result, he dropped about 25-30 pounds and weighs about what he did when he graduated from high school! My professional eye suggests, at 69-years-old, he probably weighs about 175 pounds.
In a CNN interview he commented: “I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruits. I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy. I drink almond milk mixed in with fruit and a protein powder, so I get the protein for the day when I start the day out.”
If this sounds like a fairly restrictive regimen, it is! And as he admits himself, it is to some extent an “experiment” as it is not yet know whether such a rigid diet is necessary to prevent further cardiovascular problems. So what should you take from his success? If you’re currently in good health, but wishing to lose a few pounds, try eating a more plant-based diet. Skip fried foods, sugary treats and opt for more fresh fruits, veggies and beans. Plant-based foods will help fill you up without weighing you down.
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