Election Diets: Hillary Clinton Votes For Weight Loss Diet, Donald Trump Turns To Fast Food

Since the start of their campaigns, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have put in long hours seeking ways to appeal to voters. And just like the contrast in their political platforms, the diets that they have chosen to keep them going are dramatically different. While Hillary has focused on a strict diet that includes her secret weight loss weapon, Donald believes in letting fast food become the star in his meals.

Clinton relies on a diet created by Dr. Mark Hyman, according to the Cut. The director of functional medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Hyman authored Eat Fat, Get Thin, which contends that low-fat diets play a role in the obesity epidemic.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton follows a strict diet.
CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 05: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as U.S. president Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally with on July 5, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hillary Clinton is campaigning with president Obama in North Carolina. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

However, when it comes to the type of fat that his followers such as Hillary are advised to eat, it’s healthy fat such as avocados and coconut oil. In addition to cutting out unhealthy fats, Clinton’s diet involves eliminating gluten, dairy, sugar, grains, and certain fruits.

What’s left? Vegetables, those healthy fats, and protein such as sardines, salmon, and chicken. Nuts are allowed for snacks. And while all that might sound rather boring, Hillary spices it up with her passion for hot sauce and peppers.

Slate pointed out that Clinton hasn’t tried to hide the happiness she finds in hot sauce and peppers. When she served as First Lady in the White House, meals featured vegetables and fish, but Hillary also possessed a collection that contained over 100 hot sauces.

Clinton once visited a farm stand in Davenport, Iowa, where she discussed the benefits of eating spicy food and revealed she felt that noshing on raw jalapenos was “so refreshing.”

In contrast, Trump has shifted from gourmet food to fast food, according to Vox. Donald hasn’t tried to hide his fondness for fast food. Instead, he’s flaunted it, announcing his preferences at a town hall meeting this year.

“The Big Macs are great. The Quarter Pounder. It’s great stuff.”

When spotted on the campaign trail eating, Trump has consumed French fries, burgers, fried chicken, and taco bowls. Donald explained his reasoning when he visited Dr. Oz’s talk show recently, clarifying that he feels “at least you know what they are putting in it.”

Want to eat like Donald Trump? Dip into some French fries.
Want to eat like Donald Trump? Dip into some French fries. [Image by Ty Wright/Getty Images]

However, despite now touting that folks are “better off” heading to McDonald’s than an independent restaurant because the fast food joint follows a “certain standard,” Trump previously recommended in a book that his followers eat like rich people, pointed out Vox.

Donald’s 2004 book, Think Like A Billionaire, advises going beyond thinking “like a billionaire” to eating like one, praising his chef at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

“We call it the Mar-a-Lago Diet, and if I didn’t adhere to it from time to time, my waistline would be an absolute disaster,” admitted Trump in his book.

That diet blast from the past in some ways resembled Clinton’s today, featuring vegetables, fish, healthy fats and selected fruits.

“Lunch could be a small portion of tilapia and steamed vegetables with fresh herbs and extra virgin olive oil… and fresh blueberries for dessert.”

Now, however, Donald is proudly tweeting photos of his fast food fondness.

Most presidential candidates gain weight in their pursuit of votes, noted Delish. However, Clinton is “very disciplined,” still “eating healthy” and bypassing temptation, revealed two campaign aides cited by Delish.

And despite his fondness for fast food, Trump claimed that he shed 15 pounds campaigning. He summed up his favorite foods as “all of the things that we shouldn’t be eating,” including French fries and steak.

Donald and Hillary also disagree on the importance of breakfast. Clinton typically kick-starts her day with eggs, while Trump often avoids breakfast. However, when he stopped at the Hame House in Greenville, Donald breakfasted on two eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and two biscuits.

In a nation known for snacking, Trump and Hillary both have a fondness for sweets. However, in addition to ice cream bars, Clinton snacks on raw jalapenos peppers and hummus, while Donald snacks on Oreos, See’s candies, and cherry-vanilla ice cream.

To help her stay trim, Hillary believes that hot peppers have weight loss power, according to the Daily Mail.

Clinton keeps red pepper flakes available when she is on the campaign trail and also goes for walks and performs yoga. She likes to have a plate of raw jalapenos available, eating them “like potato chips,” according to a campaign aide cited by the Daily Mail.

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