In what’s being descried as nothing less than a quite jaw-dropping transformation, Penn Jillette has shed an incredible 105-lbs and stepped out in an almost unrecognizably slender guise. Having apparently become more than a little jaded with having to pop blood pressure pills like candy on a daily basis just to get by, the famed Vegas illusionist embarked upon a strict diet to fight the flag.
“When Penn went to the doctor he was taking six pills a day for high blood pressure, and it was always a struggle for him and they said if he lost about 100-lbs he may never have to take those pills again,” said Emily Longeretta, Hollywoodlife.com’s Senior Entertainment Editor.
Penn admitted that his lifestyle and general eating habits and resulted in his hypertension drug dependency, which has reached a point so severe that he way almost hospitalized by his blood pressure. But while the public in general and the Hollywood A-Lister community have all commended Penn for what’s undoubtedly a major achievement, experts are not convinced that the approach he took to weight loss was healthy or advisable.
According to Dr. Keith Ayoob from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, losing weight at such a pace and by way of such radical measures can be extremely hazardous to health.
“I do have some concerns that he lost a lot of weight very quickly, and my concern number one it’s not always sustainable when you do that, plus I’m concerned he lost a lot of muscle,” he commented.
“My biggest concern is that it’s not going to be able to give you enough protein,”
“He’ll lose weight, but you’ll lose weight on any diet of 1,000 calories.”
Penn revealed that his diet involved a massive reduction in overall calorie intake along with strictly vegan meal plan. In addition, he also skipped breakfast every day.
“When you skip meals you skip nutrients and you don’t always make up for it the rest of the day, plus when you’re starting out your day breaking your fast, that’s what breakfast is, and that means you need to start eating some protein,” added Dr. Ayoob.