While Jeb Bush has yet to announce whether he will officially enter the 2016 presidential race, he’s already getting into shape for the role – and he’s relying on the Paleo diet to do it.
The former Florida governor, 62, has long struggled with his weight – unlike his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and brother, former President George W. Bush – but has made positive changes in recent months, according to the The New York Times.
The trendy Paleo plan involves a diet devoid of any grains, sugar, dairy, alcohol or processed foods. The name draws from our Paleolithic ancestors, and is meant to emulate their simplistic diet.
Bush has reportedly lost nearly 30 pounds since adopting the diet in December, friends told the newspaper. The rapid weight loss has also led to a new wardrobe.
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Along with the diet, Bush is reportedly hitting the gym as well as taking to the pool to swim laps on a daily basis.
The politician’s friends told the Times he’s long been open about his body struggles, and has adopted a self-deprecating approach to his weight.
“I am always hungry,” he told the paper.
Despite his strict adherence to his new healthy lifestyle, the newspaper reports he still “cheats” occasionally. On such occasions, Bush reportedly indulges in wine, and just last week in New Hampshire, blueberry pie.
Bush is expected to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, and while he has yet to announce his candidacy, his brother told Fox News in October that the former governor “wants to be president.”