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Bill Clinton Diet – How The Former President Lost 23 Pounds

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Former President Bill Clinton was well known for jogging to McDonalds for his fast-food binges during his presidency in the late ’90s, commonly enjoying such indulgences as BBQ, cheeseburgers, french fries and ice cream shakes. But after having quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 followed by a stent surgery in 2010, the politician decided it was time to get serious about improving his health.

Bill Clinton Lost 24 Pounds on a Vegan Diet. He doesn’t eat any dairy, eggs or meat, and consumes very little oil. Clinton has turned to eating solely plants in order to keep weight off and his heart healthy:

Clinton said, “I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruits. I drink a protein supplement every morning. I drink almond milk mixed in with fruit and a protein powder…[eating this way] changed my whole metabolism and I lost 24 pounds. I got back to what I weighed in high school.”

“I did it because after I had this stent put in, I realized that, even though it happens quite often after you have bypasses because you lose the veins; the truth is that it clogged up, which meant the cholesterol was still causing build up in my vein that was part of my bypass,” he said. “And I didn’t want that to happen again.”

“We now have 25 years of evidence, and so I thought since I needed to lose a little weight for Chelsea’s wedding, I’ll become part of this experiment.”

Ultimately, Clinton said he wanted to be around to be a grandfather, and that was the major driving factor. “That’s really the big deal,” he said. “Hillary and I, we’re happy. We love our son-in-law. And if there’s gonna be grandkids we wanna be around to do our part.”

Clinton joins the company of other vegan politicians and celebrities, including Ohio CongressmanDennis Kucinich, “Biggest Loser” trainer Bob Harper, actress Olivia Wilde and even Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. Colorado Congressman Jared Polis — while not a strict vegan or vegetarian — keeps a meat product-free home with his vegan partner, Marlon Reis, Politico reported. (source)

Bill Clinton about his vegan diet:

Clinton told Ellen about his decision to switch to a whole foods, plant-based diet — and the positive effect on his health:

Clinton mentions Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish as some of the doctors whose advice he followed:

Dr. Esselstyn’s diet is simple but takes some discipline:

• Don’t eat anything with a face or a mother. This includes meat, poultry, fish, and eggs.

• No dairy products. This means no milk, ice cream, yogurt, butter, cheese—not even skim milk.

• No oils, including no olive oil or sunflower oil or canola oil. Coconut is off limits because of its oil content. (Some heart specialists like Dr. Ornish do recommend taking fish oil supplements.)

• No nuts because of the oil. If you do not already have heart disease can eat moderate amounts of walnuts because of their omega-3 fatty acids.

• No refined grains, which have been stripped of much of their fiber and nutrients.

What you can eat is everything else:

• All vegetables and all fruits, especially the green leafy vegetables and the colorful ones. Avocados are banned because of the oil, unless you don’t have heart disease.

• Legumes, such as beans, peas, and lentils.

• Whole grains, including whole wheat and rye, bulgur wheat, whole oats, barley, buckwheat, corn and cornmeal, wild and brown rice, popcorn, couscous, quinoa, amaranth, millet, spelt, etc. Grape-Nuts are good too, and provide a nice crunch.

• Sugar is allowed in moderation, but avoid fruit drinks which are high in sugar content.

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer talks about her vegan diet and how President Bill Clinton inspired her:

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