February 28, 2021

America Heaviest President William Howard Taft Weight Loss and Diet Secrets (Before and After Photos)

America Heaviest Leader President William Howard Taft (America president from 1909 to 1913) Weight Loss and Diet Secrets revealed! Just check the before and after photos.  As America Heaviest Leader President, he weighted at 314 pounds when he was at the white house and then he decided to lose weight. Finally Taft lost as much as 60 lbs through the weight loss diet and workout routines.

America Heaviest Leader President William Howard Taft Weight Loss and Diet Secrets (Before and After Photos)

William Howard Taft got the weight loss advice from the English physician and diet expert Nathaniel E. Yorke-Davies in December 1905. At that time, Taft had sleeping and indigestion problems resulted from his overweight so they suggested him to lose weight and give Taft contemporary recommendations.

“no real gentleman weighs more than 300 pounds.” – William Howard Taft

8 a.m. Hot water with lemon, Drink slowly.

(now it’s more recommend to drink lemon juice with warm water as to keep Vitamin C. Anyhow, this is a smart way of losing weight because after you drink a lot of water, you will not feel so hungry. In fact, you can do it before each of your meals)

9 a.m. Breakfast:

  • Unsweetened tea or coffee
  • “Two or three Gluten biscuits,”
  • 6 ounces of lean grilled meat

(Now it’s much better to eat gluten-free whole foods, drinking tea half an hour after meal would be much better )

12:30 p.m.


  • 4 ounces of lean meat
  • 4 ounces of cooked green vegetables without butter
  • 3 ounces of baked or stewed unsweetened fruit
  • 1 gluten biscuit
  • 1 of the recommended “sugarless” wines.

Still, gluten-free whole foods recommended. Now it’s more popular to eat fresh green veges salads and fresh fruits as well, because baked or stewed foods would result in vitamin and nutrition broken down.

Afternoon cup of tea, coffee, or beef tea without milk or sugar advised.

7-8 p.m., Dinner:

  • clear soup
  • 4 ounces of fish
  • 5 ounces of meat
  • 8 ounces of vegetables
  • 4 ounces of stewed fruit.
  • Plain salad and 2 gluten biscuits, if desired.
  • A list of vegetables and condiments were recommended for variation.

You can see that these diets are excellent because they offered the balanced nutrition for Taft’s daily energy and healthy enough for him lose weight.

But there’re problems with this diet.

According to Dr. Eric Rimm, an associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. There are pros and cons for this diet.


  • The problem of the diet is it’s lack of diversity. Following such a strict schedule every day would make anyone get fed up. That’s why at one point of time, Taft gained 19 pounds back.

“Willpower can only last so long, even if you’re the president of the United States,” says Rimm. “He just got fed up with it and thought it was boring and gained all the weight back and more. That’s the classic problem we still see today.”

Now The current U.S. Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines recommend a variety of foods that keep people enjoy their foods and gain enough nutrition at the same time. Related: Rev. Al Sharpton weight loss and Bill Clinton Weight Loss.

  • Another problem for Taft’s diet is the “allowed and forbidden foods list” which forced him into better eating habbit. This is not so healthy way because being too strict can also backfire.

“I don’t think that’s the healthiest way to approach eating a healthy diet. People treating themselves occasionally might be a good thing, and it keeps things in perspective,” says Rimm.


Rimm also pointed out the advantage of this diet.

  • Breakfast included

“The one thing that was done right is that breakfast was included. People choose to skip breakfast to save on calories but that doesn’t tend to work in the long-term,” says Rimm.

  • Another advantage of Taft’s diet plan is he kept communication with his doctors

“That seems to be something that helped Taft, and kept him from quitting sooner,” says Rimm, of the weekly letters he wrote to Yorke-Davies. “It’s amazing to us in this day and age of instantaneous communication that there would be days between the correspondence between Taft and Yorke-Davies, but that was still enough.”

  • Exercise

Yorke-Davies urged Taft to do workout everyday and Taft took his suggestions by riding a horse

“Most diets don’t work unless you do some sort of activity,” says Rimm.

Taft’s experience do shed light on the true ways to lose weight,  it needs continous efforts, the right diet and workout routine for long term weight loss, even he is a president or famous star.

Resource: Time magazine