Friday, November 19, 2010

Bill Clinton's Weight Loss

The Pounds Off Profile is a politics free zone. Almost certainly, you have strong feelings about our 42nd president, positive or negative.  This isn't about that.

He used to be pudgy. He's had heart bypass surgery.  He's had stents put in. His fast food fetish was the premise of one of the all-time funny Saturday Night Live sketches as SNL mocked him at McDonald's.  But things have changed...

Bill Clinton has taken control of his health.  Have you seen him lately?  He's downright skinny, having lost 26 pounds, back in the neighborhood of his high school weight.  He looks rejuvenated, too.

You may have heard he was slimming down for Chelsea's wedding this summer and that is true, but clearly his motivation is much more substantive.  After conducting his own research, Clinton committed to Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's plan to prevent and reverse heart disease.   It takes my "No Processed" plan to an extreme, but Esselstyn's research cites success in not just avoiding heart attacks, but even allowing the heart to heal itself.  I  can't verify Esselstyn's claims, but President Clinton is a true believer.

Clinton describes his diet in this video with Wolf Blitzer on CNN.  It's a highly plant based plan, with no meat,  poultry, dairy, and only a very little fish.  What he does eat are fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, and a protein supplement.  (Esselstyn can be seen on CNN here discussing the plan.)

It is often said that Jimmy Carter is a better ex-president than he was a president.  Bill Clinton often eschews the premise, citing the power of the White House in the lives of people around the world as not replicable by civilians, even effective do-gooders and philanthropists. But when I see projections that one-third of Americans could have Type 2 Diabetes by 2050, I'm not so sure that any president could do something more important than reversing the weight and health crisis in America.  Bill Clinton's doing that for himself, and this time, all Americans - Republicans and Democrats alike - should consider his example.

Photo by sneakerdog on Flickr

7 comments:

Anne H said...

WOW!
I was just in Hope Ark, and saw a McDonald's there... and of course I thought....hmmmm... what about Our Dear President Clinton!?
Great post!

Christina said...

Awesome post! I wasn't a big fan of Bill's because of the Monica scandal (I was like 10 at the time, and the scandal was a bigger deal to me than anything political he did). It's great to see that he is taking care of his body and his health! Clinton's diet sounds tough, but it doesn't sound like he had many options. Good for him! What a great example he's setting now!

Big Clyde said...

Great post, Alan. Yes, he does look good.

Dr. Fat To Fit said...

Being over weight in that kind of spotlight and having every meal scrutinized must have played a role in his habits. I know it would mine. Now that he's out of the white house, he can focus. And good for him. His plan sounds like the Cornish diet where you have 10 % fat intake. It's very strict, but well studied to not only prevent, but reverse known blockage. However, most people have trouble sustaining it. Because it is very restrictive.

Michele said...

Love this post. Informative and relevant, like always. The projections for diabetes are just such a threat to our nation's health and well being. I really, really like Michelle Obama's advocacy and efforts at education regarding childhood obesity, eating healthy and physical activity for youth. To me, this is a national security threat. I like the fact that both the current First Lady and the former prez are using their influence in such an important issue.

Raegun said...

I'm far too carnivorous to ever be able to survive that plan, but I do respect the ex-Pres for his devotion to clean eating. I hardly recognized him in that picture. Way to keep the profiles interesting!

KellyNY said...

I remember that SNL skit with Phil Hartmann - one of the funniest things I've ever seen!