The popular radio talk show mogul boasts of quick weight loss
Losing weight is hard enough for the tens of millions of average, everyday Americans who are either overweight or obese in the United States today. But can you imagine how much harder it is for someone who lives in the constant public spotlight as a well-known celebrity?
Well, just ask radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh whose popular weekday program still dominates the airwaves with a robust 20 million listeners weekly. The most readers I've ever gotten at my blog in one week is 35,000, so I'm certainly envious of Limbaugh's ability to attract an enormous audience with his politically conservative message. But I'm gonna catch up to you someday, Rush. Start quaking in your boots, buddy! :)
Regular listeners of Limbaugh's nearly two-decade long mid-day radio show airing on over 600 radio stations from coast to coast have heard him talk about losing weight yet again recently. Fans of the controversial Republican mouthpiece are all-too-familiar with the constant fluctuations in Limbaugh's weight throughout his career.
I first noticed Rush Limbaugh's weight had really gotten up there yet again recently when he appeared on the new Fox News Channel political satire comedy show called "The 1/2 Hour News Hour." Here's a two-minute opening clip from the inaugural episode featuring Limbaugh as the president of the United States:
As you can see from this clip taped back in January 2007, Limbaugh has gotten rather chubby and noticeably so in the face. But you can't blame him since the man has endured some rather huge life changes in recent years--drug addiction, divorce, a stint in rehab, loss of hearing, etc.--that have very likely led him to use food for comfort. This is what I was referring to in this blog post earlier this week regarding change and its impact on your diet.
But Limbaugh proudly announced in the opening moments of his three-hour radio show on Friday that he has now lost a total of 30 pounds in just the past 40 days. Thumping his chest and exclaiming how proud he is of sticking with this mysterious quick weight loss plan he is following, Limbaugh reported that his friends have been asking him what he is doing to lose the weight.
Avoiding any specific mention of the plan he is using, Limbaugh did state in his opening monologue that he visited a restaurant last night and was offered an alcoholic beverage which he politely declined because it is prohibited on his new diet. He said his dining guests were appalled that they would have to do without alcohol if they wanted to follow Limbaugh's diet.
"Then don't do it," Limbaugh exclaimed on his program on Friday.
So what could this new diet that Rush Limbaugh is on possibly be? He's losing almost a pound a day which sounds very familiar to those of us in the early days of livin' la vida low-carb. I lost 70 pounds in 60 days when I first went on the Atkins diet in January 2004 at 410 pounds. Eventually I went on to lose 180 pounds in one year and have maintained my weight ever since continuing to eat this way.
It's merely speculation on my part, but I think Rush Limbaugh is on some kind of low-carb diet. Avoiding alcohol is important in the early stages of a low-carb weight loss effort (although my friend and fellow author Bradley Scott Cailor may disagree) because alcohol has to be burned off just as carbohydrates like sugar and starch are.
However, Limbaugh previously made some rather direct comments about sugar on his show back in 2005 stating it is not as harmful to health as some are portraying it during a discussion of putting warning labels on sugary soda in schools.
"This is sugar! We're talking about sugar," Limbaugh exclaimed on his July 12, 2005 program. "We're not talking about a killer substance here."
But he did admit at the time that children seem to handle sugar consumption a whole lot better than adults do.
"A kid certainly can certainly drink three cans of Coke a day," he said at the time. "That's when a kid can metabolize. That's when a kid can do things."
Perhaps Limbaugh realized even then that he is now at the point in his life where consuming such high-carb garbage as sugary sodas and other carb-loaded food and beverages may not be the best thing for him as he approaches the big 6-0 in a few years. Livin' la vida low-carb may be EXACTLY what he needs to keep his weight under control while vastly improving his health.
Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and worse are all very real possibilities for people like Limbaugh who have allowed their weight to get out of control and stay out of control for so many years. I sincerely hope that if he is indeed livin' la vida low-carb that he will commit to do it for the rest of his life as a permanent lifestyle change. Otherwise, it will all be for naught.
Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admire that Limbaugh is at the very least taking a step in the right direction to lose weight while he is still able. I know I have added many more years to my life because of low-carb living and it is my sincerest desire to see people just like Rush Limbaugh do the same for themselves.
If you are looking for a way to shed the pounds and get healthy just like me and Rush Limbaugh, then come join the millions upon millions of people who are living the low-carb life and lovin' every minute of it! It's the best thing that ever happened to me and I'll never stop sharing with others about the change that it brought me.
Is Rush Limbaugh on low-carb? If so, then he's at least got that much right! :)