We’re used to hearing about the grande dames of the diet world: Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. Well, move over ladies, there’s a new diet in town: The Obama Diet
(USA Today) What President-elect Barack Obama likes to eat and doesn’t like has become a subject of intense interest, both to purveyors of foods and those who like to weigh in on their nutritional merit.
For example, Baby Boomers Cafe in Des Moines, Iowa, reports that it can’t make chocolate chunk cookies fast enough, according to the Associated Press. The Obama family spent a lot of time in Des Moines during the campaign and the cafÃ© was right next door to the candidate’s headquarters. The Obamas’ fondness for the cookies soon became well known.
The site SteadyHealth.com takes a look at other foods and meals our future president prefers. The site says foods he savors include: chili, Mexican food, almonds, pistachios and vegetables. Dislikes include mayonnaise, beets, soft drinks and ice cream. The site praises his hearty-breakfast and six-day-a-week exercise regimes and calls him a role model for trying to eat right in an incredibly stressful situation.
Obama’s personal choices have also drawn praise from Men’s Fitness, which named him one of this year’s “25 Fittest Guys in America” for avoiding fatty foods and beginning most days with a vigorous aerobic workout.
The San Antonio Current published an interview with Obama this summer that features the family chili recipe, which the then-candidate promised would “clear your sinuses.”
Both Barack and Michelle Obama get points from that’sfit.com for their devotion to exercise. He does one-arm dumbbell curls, shoulder and leg presses and runs on the treadmill. She exercises for 90 minutes three times a week, favoring the stair-stepper and spin bike.
As you observe the Obamas in the opening days of the new administration, you can try to follow their lead in diet and exercise. Or you can choose your own path.