SINCE leaving the White House, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's been going to the gym and avoiding junk food. 

The healthy adjustment helped him shed 90 pounds in six months.

How did Mike Pompeo lose weight?

Losing weight has been a "lifetime struggle" for Pompeo, who said that it got even more difficult after he was elected to Congress in 2010. 

He told the New York Post that his weight reduction adventure began in June 2021, when he stepped on the scale and realized he was approaching 300 pounds.

At that point, Pompeo said, "I started exercising, not every day, but nearly every day, and eating right and the weight just started to come off."

Pompeo said that his weight reduction was achieved without the use of fad diets, pricey personal training, or strenuous gym regimes.

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"I tried to get down there five, six times a week and stay at it for a half-hour or so,” Pompeo said to The Post. “And that was nothing scientific. There was no trainer, there was no dietitian. It was just me.”

What did Mike Pompeo say about how he had gained his weight initially?

Working in government in a senior position like secretary of state, Pompeo said, entailed long workdays and travel days fuelled by a lot of food.

"You can ask anybody on my team, they knew exactly what I was going to do: cheeseburger from room service. 

“I went back to the room and kept working, and ate my cheeseburger. That was my pattern of life.

“When you work and eat, you just keep working and you just keep eating," said Pompeo.

Who is Mike Pompeo?

Pompeo is an American politician, diplomat, businessman, and lawyer who served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2017 to 2018 and as the 70th Secretary of State from 2018 to 2021.

Pompeo is a former officer in the US Army. 

From 2011 to 2017, he served in the US House of Representatives, representing Kansas's 4th congressional district. 

He was a member of the Republican National Committee from Kansas. Pompeo is also a member of the Republican Party's Tea Party movement.

In March 2018, Pompeo was appointed to Secretary of State, succeeding Rex Tillerson, who had been fired. 

Pompeo was approved by the Senate on April 26, 2018, by a vote of 57–42, and sworn in on the same day, becoming the first Italian American to serve as Secretary of State in the US.

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