President Taft Lost 60lbs on Low Carb

Watching this story sourced from the Annals of Internal Medicine make the rounds on the newswires…

President William Howard Taft, the country’s heaviest commander in chief and a high-profile yo-yo dieter in his day, lost 60 pounds in the early 1900s on a low-carb diet with the help of a diet doctor. (source)

What’s the composition of a low-carb diet fit for a president? According to the story, its composition was ~2100 calories composed of the following:

  • 30% carbohydrate
  • 30% protein
  • 40% fat

Indeed! Not exactly low-carb in my book, but likely a dire change for many following the standard American diet (of today, or yesterday).


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