Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said his 40-pound weight loss was due to the low-carb Paleo diet.
Jeb began following the low-carb Paleo diet at the suggestion of his son, George P. Bush. Jeb, 63, was so thrilled with his weight loss he encouraged his son, Jeb Bush Jr., to go Paleo, Examiner reported.
The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a huge celebrity following, including Megan Fox and Tim McGraw, who lost 40 pounds with the low-carb Paleo diet and CrossFit workouts.
The Paleo diet is an alcohol-free eating plan that emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, and processed foods.
Research suggests the Paleo diet accelerates weight loss, reduces blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer’s.
Loren Cordain, a professor emeritus at Colorado State University is pleased Jeb Bush has hopped on the Paleo bandwagon. “Paleo is all about health and well-being,” said Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Jeb has not specified exactly how much weight he has lost, but a before and after photo comparison suggests Bush has lost a lot more than 30 pounds.
Bush, a former couch potato, also started exercising. The 6-foot-4 Jeb now looks a lot leaner, no longer has a double chin, and his former beer belly is now flat.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said professor Cordain, who also wrote The Paleo Diet for Athletes.
Holistic health expert Melissa Hartwig, author of The Whole30 Diet, said Paleo isn’t a fad diet because the emphasis is not on calorie restriction, and it provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats.
Hartwig said the Paleo-based Whole30 Diet has helped thousands of people lose dramatic amounts of weight and reverse digestive problems, diabetes, heart disease and get in the best shape of their lives.
The Paleo-style Whole30 Diet, detailed in the bestseller, It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30, works by preventing pro-inflammatory spikes in blood glucose and blood insulin. By limiting these surges in blood sugar, you dramatically reduce inflammation, which is what fuels weight gain, chronic disease and aging.