Magician Penn Jillette credited a vegan-inspired diet and Withings health monitors for his stunning 120-pound weight loss in 4 months.
Jillette followed a vegan-style, 1,000-calorie-a-day diet from December 2014 to April 2015 and lost 120 pounds without exercise.
The 6-foot-6 Penn slimmed down from 330 pounds to 210 pounds, and lost over 10 inches off his waist. Now, the father of two feels and looks better than ever.
Jillette shared his weight loss, diet and exercise secrets in his book, Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear.
As a result of his jaw-dropping weight loss, Jillette no longer needs to take drugs for high blood pressure. “I was on 6 very powerful meds to bring the blood pressure down,” said Penn, 60.
Since reaching his goal weight, Penn follows a mostly vegan diet based on Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Diet, which excludes animal products, processed grains, added sugar and salt.
Penn rapidly dropped 10 pant sizes — from a waist size of 44 inches to an impressive 34! “I eat unbelievable amounts of food but just very, very, very healthy food,” said Jillette. “I eat whole plants. No animal products, no olive oil, no salt, no sugar, no refined grains.”
After reaching his goal weight, Jillette started exercising, incorporating 7-minute high-intensity interval training workouts, weightlifting, juggling and 10-mile tricycle rides, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
Jillette also credited the Withings Smart Scale and Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor for helping him dramatically improve his health.
Penn bought the smart scale on the advice of his friend, former NASA scientist Ray Cronise, TheImproper reported.
“Cray Ray said the first thing you gotta do is buy this scale,” said Jillette. “I thought a scale is a scale is a scale. He says, ‘No, this is different. It talks to the Web.’”
Whenever he weighed himself, the Withings Smart Scale uploaded his weight to Ray’s phone. This accountability motivated Penn to stick to his diet.
Penn, who was hospitalized for high blood pressure in October 2014, also uses the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor, which sends his blood pressure readings to his doctor.
“I’d put the cuff on, and my doctor would call me 15 minutes later and say, ‘Your blood pressure is crashing, get off that medication, it’s poisoning you,’” said Jillette. “I don’t think it’s possible to do what I did if I had to drive to the doctor’s office every week to measure my blood pressure.”
Jillette, who was once dependent on 6 different blood pressure medications, is drug-free today.
Penn, the father of two young children, said his astounding 120-pound weight loss has totally changed his life. “I have so much energy and I feel so good,” said Jillette. “I’m just plain happier.”