Mike Pompeo didn’t lose all that weight like he claims


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Fitness pros don’t believe the former secretary of state did it with turkey bacon and half-hour home workouts.

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We asked weight loss expert, and people who have lost a lot of weight themselves, whether it is possible to lose 90 pounds in six months just by eating better and doing a small home gym for half an hour five or six times a day. week. Their response ? Absolutely not, almost certainly not, and hahaha.

That’s what Mike Pompeo, who represented Kansas in Congress before becoming Donald Trump’s preferred cabinet member, told the New York Post that he had.

“I’ve been doing this for 20 years”, and I’ve never seen anything like it, said Micah LaCerte, who is considered the best personal trainer in Kansas City. “He should be on a massive starvation diet ”, probably taking no carbs at all. And even then, “no way with only half an hour of training. Ninety out of six is ​​amazing, especially for his age, unless he works out for hours every day. The numbers just don’t add up. Dude, be honest. Mike, come on, man.

While this is theoretically possible, “it just isn’t likely” without surgery, drugs, or other extreme measures, says Al Rose, a longtime bodybuilder, trainer and trainer in New York City. Even as a former West Point-trained soldier, Pompeo is “definitely lying” that DIY dietary changes and that amount of exercise alone could make such a drastic change in that period of time.

And losing that much weight so quickly, he said, is by no means healthy.

Rose, who at 65 gets up at 3:30 a.m. every morning to exercise for several hours, said that during his daily workouts he noticed Pompeo’s rapid weight loss during his occasional appearances at morning television, and worried about him, “His face is sunken and his skin doesn’t look good.” He went from one extreme to the other. If someone sees it and is inspired “to eat healthier foods and exercise more,” Rose said, “then of course that’s good. But no one should expect or even try to achieve results this fast. “This message he’s sending out shouldn’t be marketed.”

Pompeo, who is 58, insists that his program has nothing to do with any idea of ​​running for president, and also that it “was not scientific. There was no trainer, there was no dietitian. It was just me, ”switching from pumpkin pancakes to egg whites and turkey bacon when his family hits IHOP. “You can do that too,” he says.

A Kansan who lost 50 pounds in 18 months says no you can’t. “Absolutely not. Definitely not. And why lie about something so stupid? About a topic that, until he invited a reporter and photographer to his home gym, was not the case. of no one other than his own.

LaCerte said that we will know in the next six to 12 months how the former secretary of state lost weight, because if he did it through an extreme diet that cuts all carbohydrates, it will not be sustainable. “Finally, you want to eat a piece of bread when you go out to dinner or have a glass of wine. Losing weight this way results in lean muscle mass, he said, and then “the minute the carbs hit your body again you explode” and you’re worse off than you started off.

Pompeo told the Post that “the truth is, losing weight has been a lifelong struggle for me.”

So was telling the truth.

This story was originally published January 7, 2022 3:31 p.m.

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