President Bill Clinton promotes a vegan life style.
The transcript of the interview is below:
Blitzer: How did you lose so much weight? What kind of diet are you on?
Clinton: The short answer is, I went on essentially a plant-based diet. I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit. I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy. I drink almond milk mixed in with fruit and protein powder, so I get the protein for the day when I start the day out.
And it changed my whole metabolism and I lost 24 pounds. And I got back to basically what I weighed in high school.
But I did it for a different reason. I mean I wanted to lose a little weight, but I never dreamed this would happen. I did it because, after I had this stint put in, I realized that, even though it happens quite often, that after you have bypasses, you lose the veins because they’re thinner and weaker than arteries. The truth is that it clogged up. Which means that the cholesterol was still causing build-up in my vein that was part of my bypass. And thank God I could take the stints. I don’t want it to happen again.
So I did all this research and I saw that 82% of the people since 1986 who have gone on a plant-based, no dairy, no meat of any kind, no chicken, turkey… I eat very little fish, once in a while I’ll have a little fish, not often. If you can do it, 82% of the people who have done that, have begun to heal themselves. Their arterial blockage cleans up, the calcium deposit around their heart breaks up.
This movement has been led by a doctor named Caldwell Esselstyn at the Cleveland Clinic, Dean Ornish you know out in California, the doctors Campbell, father and son, who wrote The China Study, and a handful of others.
But we now have 25 years of evidence. And so I thought, well since I need to lose a little weight for Chelsea’s wedding, I’ll become part of this experiment. I’ll see if I can become one of those that can have a self-clearing mechanism. We’ll see.
Blitzer: I hope you’re healthy for many years and get to see grandchildren for many years to come.
Clinton: Me too. That’s really the big deal. You know I, Hillary and I, we’re happy, we love our son in law and we admire him, and we’d like to be around if there’s grandkids, we want to be there to do our part.
Blitzer: Mr. President, good luck.