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Bill Clinton Eats a Plant-Based Diet, Loses Weight, and Hopes For a Healthier Heart

Are You Surprised That President Clinton Is Eating an Almost Vegan Diet?

When his daughter asked him to lose some weight for her wedding, President Clinton overhauled his eating habits and essentially went vegan.

In an interview on CNN, Bill Clinton said he eats mostly a plant-based diet. The weight loss — 24 pounds to be exact — is really an added bonus, as he made the dietary changes for his heart.

"I did all this research, and I saw that 82 percent of the people since 1986 who have gone on a plant-base, no dairy, no meat of any kind, no chicken, no turkey — I eat very little fish, once in a while I'll have a little fish not often — If you can do it, 82 percent of people have begun to heal themselves. The arterial blockage breaks up."

Citing the China Study as part of his personal research, the former president is offering up his dietary change as part of the ongoing study on this matter and to see if a plant-based diet can help clean out his heart. I think this is a great change from the days of his presidency, when images of him jogging into Mickey D's and ordering a hamburger seemed to be on the news daily, but I was a little surprised. What about you?

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weffie weffie 6 years
Yeah I wasn't defending the incorrect use of the word vegan, just pointing out that it wasn't Bill who said it.
foxie foxie 6 years
Agreed with Atomic. When people misuse the terms 'vegetarian' or 'vegan,' it causes unnecessary confusion. I don't want to be served a dish with fish sauce someday because someone has caused a misunderstanding that vegans are okay with eating 'a little fish.' I really wish the media would describe diets accurately.
amber512 amber512 6 years
The title says he's now vegan, but he's not. I think that's where the insult comes from.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
As long as the French fries are still in, I'm sure he'll stick with it.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I'm not surprised, but I am curious as to how long he'll keep it up. He seems like a man who loves his cheeseburgers.
foxie foxie 6 years
It's not an all-or-nothing approach. Pescatarianism is fantastic... but to call it veganism is insulting and inaccurate.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
No, I'm not surprised. Dr. Ornish's research established decades ago that heart disease can be reversed by a plant based diet. And I agree with weffie. I think you can still reap the health benefits of a vegan diet even if you have fish every once in a while but eat totally vegan the other 99% of the time. I think the "all or nothing" approach is unfortunate because it deters a lot of people from taking steps towards eliminating animal products from their diet.
weffie weffie 6 years
foxie & anonymous : Fit used the word vegan, Bill calls it "essentially a plant-based diet," which is fairly accurate if he's being truthful about how rarely he eats fish.
weffie weffie 6 years
Good for him... Time to step up, Mr. Gore!
foxie foxie 6 years
Okay, listen up Bill Clinton, Lea Michele, and everyone else. If you eat fish, you aren't vegan. You aren't even vegetarian. Fish is not a vegetable. I think being pescatarian is fantastic. Good on ya! But it isn't vegan.
michlny michlny 6 years
Soon the rest of the world will catch up....
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Wow! I hadn't heard this. That's pretty awesome. Wonder if he and Kucinich swap recipes.
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