Penn Jillette Weight Loss 2022: Potato Diet, Secrets, Before and After

Jillette is well-known for his magic tricks and a lot of other talents. He has earned name and fame through acting, writing, and hosting TV shows. Penn has shared his success of doing magic with his fellow team member, Teller. The duo works under the name of Penn & Teller.

Through his magic career, Penn has made a lot of things invisible but he has shown the real magic only recently. This time Jillette has vanished a part of himself. He has lost up to 100 pounds.

By doing this, the writer of God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales has surprised a lot of fans. But how has he done is the main question. The answer of which is fascinating. So, without any more delay, let’s dive right into Jillette’s weight loss journey.

Another equally fascinating weight loss story is of Chris Pratt: how did he come from 300 lbs to 200 lbs.

Penn Jillette’s Weight Loss Journey

Penn Jillette weight loss

In the year 2016, Penn decided to lose weight. However, there’s a long story behind it. In 2015, Jillette was having some serious health issues. When he visited the doctor, he found that his heart was 90% blocked and his blood pressure was getting very unbalanced.

The doctor instructed Penn to take medicines. “I was on six very powerful meds to bring the blood pressure down,” later Penn recalled. However, the thing was that medicines were a short-term solution. He needed to do more than that.

The doctor advised Jillette to work on his weight. He told him that he should lose some weight. At that time, Penn weighed around 322 pounds, a very dangerous situation. The doctor told him that if he would slim down to 230 pounds, he would not even have to take any medications. 

This brought hope to Jillette. He said that he wanted to see his children grow so he took the decision to lose weight as soon as possible. With that being said, Penn embarked on his journey to lose weight. How did he do that?

How did Penn Lose Weight?

Penn has disclosed the secret behind his weight loss in his new book, Presto: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales. So, the secret behind Jillette’s weight loss was Potato. Yes, potatoes. He followed a strict diet plan which mostly consisted of potatoes.

As absurd as it might seem he has got some good reasons behind it. In his interview, Penn said,  “I’m not good at moderation. I wanted to do hardcore stuff,”. Jillette continued in his interview with GMA, “I wanted to lose the sense of eating socially. It was just a way to lose all the habits I had gotten into.  No one ever calls up and says, ‘Hey, Penn, I just landed in Vegas, let’s have a potato’“.

He said that he picked them because it was a “funnier word”. He said that he could have chosen beans too but potato seemed the way to go. However, with the passing of time, Penn started adding other types of food to his diet plan as well.

He transformed to a veggie diet. Penn started eating green vegies salad along with his favorite potatoes. Penn now follows a plant diet and he also does workouts. He has established his own workout routine. Jillette does cardio along with some yoga postures.

The difference that losing weight made in Penn’s life can only be comprehended by reading the following lines, “When you’re feeling as bad as I felt, and you go to feeling as good as I feel, the temptation to go back to doing what you were doing when you felt bad is not very great”, Jillette said.

But is it Safe Though?

After disclosing his diet plan, Jillette came under a lot of criticism. One of those critics was  Jaclyn London, director of Good Housekeeping Institute. She said that it is true that potatoes have a high nutritious level but so do have a lot of other vegetables.

In fact, according to her, eliminating every other kind of food might cause a lot more trouble. Eating potatoes along with other vegetables would result in consuming a low level of proteins. Which makes up our bones, muscles, skin, tissue, and a lot of other body parts. 

So, before you decide to follow Jillette’s footsteps, be aware of the risks this diet brings along with it.

Penn’s Advice for His Fans

Penn was well aware of the dangers and risks behind his potato diet. And he knew that a lot of fans might consider it an ideal diet plan. Therefore, he warned his fans in his usual funny manner. The famous magician said, “If you’re getting medical advice from a Las Vegas magician, you are making bad life choices“.

Before & After

Penn Jillette before after weight loss

Before starting his diet plan and until 2015, Penn weighed about 322 pounds. However, the year, 2016, brought a lot of changes with itself. As of now, Penn weighs 225 pounds. He has lost around 100 pounds along the way.

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Final Words

The importance of health can be felt when you are devoid of it. Penn has experienced it very well. He has learned how does it feel to be obese and not able to do some simple work. His huge weight loss transformation can be an inspiration for anyone who is looking up to get out of the unhealthy life and wants to live a healthy life.

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