Story at a glance

  • Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s dramatic weight loss has caught the attention of the nation.
  • In a recent interview with the New York Post, Pompeo said he lost 90 pounds in six months by making healthier food choices and working out in his at-home gym for about 30 minutes each day.
  • Some fitness experts have been critical of Pompeo’s sudden weight loss, claiming that he is not being truthful about how he actually lost the weight.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been making headlines for his recent dramatic weight loss, losing nearly 100 pounds in just six months.

After learning he weighed just shy of 300 pounds in June, Pompeo in an interview with the New York Post said he turned to his wife, Susan, and said: “Today is the day.”

“I started exercising, not every day, but nearly every day, and eating right and the weight just started to come off,” he said.

Pompeo, 58, told the Post he invested in a home gym with some dumbbells and an elliptical machine, and exercises five to six times a week for roughly 30 minutes.

“There was no trainer, there was no dietician. It was just me,” he said.


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The ex-CIA director said he first started gaining weight after being elected to Congress as a representative for Kansas in 2010, but “the truth is losing weight has been a lifetime struggle for me.”

Pompeo told Fox News in an interview that he has been more conscious of the foods he puts in his body. He hasn’t had one of his favorites — french fries — since June, he said.

"This is about making better choices every time," Pompeo said. "And sometimes you're in a place where there really aren't such good choices, right? For whatever reasons — you're out with people, or you're at a public event, and there's a certain expectation."

"So I just try to do the best I can in the moment, and recognize, ‘This is what I have to do,’” he said.

But health experts have been critical of Pompeo’s weight loss, and a viral article authored by the Kansas City Star’s editorial board claimed Pompeo was not being truthful about how he managed to shed nearly 100 pounds over such a short period of time.

“I’ve done this for 20 years,” and have never seen anything like that, fitness instructor Micah LaCerte told the Kansas City Star. “He would have to be on a massive starvation diet.”

According to LaCerte, even if Pompeo had cut carbs from his diet completely, losing 90 pounds in six months at nearly 60 years old would be practically impossible without hours of exercise each day.

“The numbers just don’t add up,” he said. “Dude, just be honest. Mike, come on, man.”

LeCerte said it’ll become clear in the next six to 12 months how Pompeo lost the weight, because if he did it by extreme dieting, it won’t be sustainable.

“Eventually, you want to eat a piece of bread when you go out to dinner, or have a glass of wine,” he said. “The minute carbs hit your body again, you blow up.”

Pompeo told the Post his weight loss has nothing to do with a presidential run in 2024, as some social media users have speculated.

He said his son and his fiancée are getting married in July, and Pompeo is hopeful the couple will have children soon after, which has motivated him to get healthier.

“My clothes fit better, and I have more energy,” he said. But really, “I want to be there for my family and hopefully lots of grandchildren.”


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Published on Jan 11, 2022