How Bill Clinton Lost 24 Pounds: Think You Could Do It?

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Check out this post by Kyle Stack on That’s Fit.

I’m not your typical dietary subject. After all, I’m 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, and I’m fit and lean from the time I spend in the gym. At 27 years old, I had never been on a diet — I eat what I like and what I feel is generally healthy. Yet the way I consume food has been altered considerably after spending nine days on a heart-protective diet.

My editor approached me about trying the diet proposed by Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. in his book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.” The diet takes seriously all the food and drinks that pose a risk to a person’s long-term health, specifically heart disease. In that respect, this diet is seen often as a last-ditch resort for people at risk for heart complications, among other health problems.

Former President Bill Clinton is one example. He tried the diet after undergoing a heart procedure in February, even though he had already lost weight after bypass surgery in 2004. Another reason President Clinton turned to Dr. Esslestyn’s proposed diet was to lose weight in preparation for his daughter Chelsea’s September wedding. He raved about it to Wolf Blitzer on his CNN show, emphasizing he had lost 24 pounds and felt great. I figured if President Clinton could show restraint, then there shouldn’t be any reason I couldn’t do the same.

Dr. Esselstyn’s diet revolves around swearing off much of the typical Western diet. It means halting consumption of all meat, eggs, dairy products, nuts and processed foods. You read that correct. No meat. No organic chicken, no wild fish, no cold cuts. One more thing: You can’t even consume oils — not even olive oil. The items have too much fat, salt and bad cholesterol to be considered safe for long-term heart protection, according to Dr. Esselstyn. Now, take a deep breath and read what’s permissible to eat.

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