April 9, 2015

Being overweight is bullshit

Those who know me may say my headline is callous, but I could not resist - this week in particular.

Our pal Penn Jillette shed 105 of his 330 pounds rather quickly when his doctor told him that obesity led to his hospitalization for hypertension.

"I was on six very powerful meds to bring the blood pressure down. My doctor said I needed to get my weight down, and if I brought it down 30 or 40 lbs. it would be a little easier to control. And then he said something in passing that completely blew my mind - he said, 'If you got down to 230, you probably wouldn't need any of the meds.'"

So how did he do it?

To lose almost a pound a day by his March 5 birthday, the magician limited himself to 1,000 calories daily.

Now that he's at goal, Jillette has shifted into maintenance mode with Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Nutritarian diet. The plant-based plan eliminates processed grains, sugar, salt, and animal products.

"I eat unbelievable amounts of food but just very, very, very healthy food," emphasizes Penn.

Instead I would say very, very, very low calorie food. The elimination of processed grains and sugar are probably what got him into shape. Salt and "animal products" have been unfairly maligned in the government-funded scientific research for decades, with both being exonerated of their evilness in recent months. But, if it works for him...

So does he cheat or indulge once in awhile?

"I could probably have a steak or a doughnut every couple of weeks, but I just haven't felt like it," insists Jillette.

"When you're feeling as bad as I felt, and you go to feeling as good as I feel, the temptation to go back to doing what you were doing when you felt bad is not very great."

Food and Wine Health Care Posted by JohnGalt at April 9, 2015 6:58 PM

Glad he's doing well and could not be happier.

I confess to philosophical disappointment. His choice seems to contravene three episodes of the TV show referenced in the title. "Obesity" questions the obsession with chasing svelteness; "Fast Food" is not kind to a hyper-reduced calorie diet; "Organic Food" -- well it's just funny as hell.

I appreciate the difference of his being 300+ pounds (330! That's 23 and a half stone!) compared to the generally healthy competitors in the "Fat Guy Olympics" who carry an extra 10 or 15 lbs.

But Penn is a man of appetites to which I relate. I question the sustainability of this, but wish him the best.

Posted by: jk at April 10, 2015 9:56 AM | What do you think? [1]