Mike Pompeo lost 90 pounds by exercising, eating healthy – but IHOP is still his favorite restaurant

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has been going to the gym and dismissing junk food since leaving the Trump administration – resulting in a 90-pound loss in just six months.

Pompeo said he was motivated to start losing weight on June 14, 2021, when he stepped on the scales and saw that he was close to weighing 300 pounds for the first time in his life – three days after DailyMail.com saw the 58-year-old steps out of New York City steakhouse Smith & Wollensky after a three-hour dinner with his family.

He told the New York Post that was when he knew he needed to make a change. The next morning he woke up and told his wife, Susan, ‘Today is the day.’

In six months, Pompeo lost 90 pounds and told the Post that he was investing in a home gym in his basement, complete with dumbbells and an elliptical machine, where he says he tries to train five or six times a week.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has been going to the gym and dismissing junk food since leaving the Trump administration - resulting in a 90-pound loss in just six months.  Pictured: Mike Pompeo steps out of the Mandarin Hotel in NYC in June 2021

Pompeo, 58, said he was motivated to start losing weight on June 14, 2021, when he stepped on the scales and saw that he was close to weighing 300 pounds for the first time in his life.  Pictured: Pompeo was noticeably slimmer in November 2021

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has been going to the gym and dismissing junk food since leaving the Trump administration – resulting in a 90-pound loss in just six months. Pompeo, 58, said he was motivated to start losing weight on June 14, 2021, when he stepped on the scales and saw that he was close to weighing 300 pounds for the first time in his life

DailyMail.com snapped Mike Pompeo and his family after sitting down to a three-hour dinner at the Smith & Wollensky steak restaurant in New York City - three days before he said he stepped on the weight and topped 300 lbs, which he said was woke up calling until he needed to lose weight

DailyMail.com snapped Mike Pompeo and his family after sitting down to a three-hour dinner at the Smith & Wollensky steak restaurant in New York City – three days before he said he stepped on the weight and topped 300 lbs, which he said was woke up calling until he needed to lose weight

Pompeo changed his diet by eliminating cheeseburgers and junk food, but said he still sticks to the family's restaurant traditions, especially IHOP.  Instead of ordering stacks of pumpkin pancakes smeared in syrup, he now chooses something healthier, like egg whites and turkey bacon

Pompeo changed his diet by eliminating cheeseburgers and junk food, but said he still sticks to the family’s restaurant traditions, especially IHOP. Instead of ordering stacks of pumpkin pancakes smeared in syrup, he now chooses something healthier, like egg whites and turkey bacon

The West Point candidate told the Post that in the past he had always used an old foot disease as an excuse for not being able to lose weight.

“For me, it’s about getting it right and being adequately disciplined,” he said, adding that weight loss has been a ‘lifelong struggle’ and that in order to finally get healthy, he had to be in the right state of mind.

He said the weight had piled up since he was first elected to Congress as a representative of Kansas in 2010.

For years, having a top position in government meant traveling for weeks and working long hours, which he says was often run by cheeseburgers and junk food.

Pompeo served as the 70th Secretary of State in the Trump administration from 2018 to 2021 after a stint as director of the CIA and three terms in Congress.

Pompeo, on the left, is a graduate of West Point and said he had previously always used an old foot disease as an excuse for not being able to lose weight.

Pompeo, on the left, is a graduate of West Point and said he had previously always used an old foot disease as an excuse for not being able to lose weight.

Pompeo's weight loss has been noticed by many, which has given rise to speculation on social media.  Some wondered if he lost the pounds due to health issues.  Pictured: A slender Pompeo is pictured with Andrea Catsimatidis, chairman of the Manhattan Republican Party and Griste's heir in November 2021

Pompeo’s weight loss has been noticed by many, which has given rise to speculation on social media. Some wondered if he lost the pounds due to health issues. Pictured: A slender Pompeo is pictured with Andrea Catsimatidis, chairman of the Manhattan Republican Party and Griste’s heir in November 2021

In the months following the end of the Trump administration, Pompeo knew he also needed to change his diet to eat healthier, but says there is one thing he would not shake – family restaurant traditions, specifically IHOP.

IHOP is still a family favorite, but instead of ordering stacks of pumpkin pancakes smeared in syrup, Pompeo now chooses something healthier, like egg whites and turkey bacon.

“For our family, food is where we gather,” he said. ‘We are Italians and we like to meet around a good meal pasta and bread and cheeses and dessert. We’ll still enjoy these great meals with family and friends, except I’ll be the guy who says, ‘Yeah, I need a salad.’

Pompeo’s weight loss has been noticed by many, which has given rise to speculation on social media. Some wondered if he lost the pounds due to health issues.

Others speculate that he is preparing for a presidential candidacy in 2024. He laughed at the thought and told the Post: ‘The truth is, I’m really getting ready for 2044 and hoping I’ll be in 2054.’

Meanwhile, Pompeo says he hopes his weight loss journey will inspire others with their own struggles.

‘It’s hard and it’s not permanent. There are no guarantees that I still know what I weigh now, but if you realize that good things can happen if you keep doing it, so can you. ‘

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