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.
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