How to eat and exercise like Barack Obama

Since the start of Obama’s first term in office, diet and exercise was a large focus of the First Lady. With the Let’s Move! initiative to promote at-home gardening and healthier school lunches, Michelle Obama was (and continues to be) the face of healthy eating and exercise reform across the country. However, living healthier is not just a Michelle thing – the entire Obama family takes part, including the eternally busy former POTUS.

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1. Early morning workouts

Six days a week, the Obama wakes up hours before his first meeting in order to fit in early morning workouts. Known to be an avid baller, Obama plays early morning pick-up games a couple times per week. To keep things interesting, he alternates between intense cardio and resistance weight training. By sticking to his routine, Obama ensures that exercise fits into his busy life.

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2. Balanced breakfast

By now it is well proven that breakfast is important in boosting cognitive function and curbing hunger pangs later in the day. Obama’s morning meal is relatively simple, typically consisting of some combination of eggs, wheat toast, fruit and oatmeal.

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3. Snacking

Newer studies have shown that eating throughout the day is actually better for you than eating three large meals. Michelle takes part by eating five smaller meals per day. Barack also snacks throughout the day, his favorites being roasted almonds, pistachios or fruit and crackers.

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4. Lean protein

To complement his workout regime and keep him lean, Obama makes sure to eat lean meats, like chicken and fish. One of his favorites is salmon, prepared as a filet on its own or topped on one of his favorite arugula salads.

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5. Minimal alcohol consumption

One of the biggest things the Obamas preach is moderation of sugar and alcohol. This isn’t to say that Obama never imbibes, but he does so rarely, and never in excess. In this way, he avoids the extra calories and the potential damage to his liver. The same goes for sugar. Obama has been photographed numerous times indulging his sweet tooth (often with his favorite Black Forest Berry Honest Tea), but he always maintains limits.

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Perhaps the most fit President of the United States in history, Barack Obama knows the value of combining exercise with healthy eating and moderate indulgences. When interviewed about the Obamas' eating habits, the White House chef Sam Kass commented, “We try not to do diets, as opposed to just chang[ing] our lifestyle. A diet means you’re inherently going to fall off of it.”

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After eight years in office, the Obamas headed off on a well-deserved break in January.

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The first stop (after a very brief stint in Palm Springs) was Necker Island.

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This 72-acre island — located in the British Virgin Islands — is owned by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

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It's one of the most exclusive places to stay in the world.

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It can sleep a maximum of 34 guests.

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An individual room on the island starts at $4,280 a night, for a week minimum.

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The entire island can also be rented for $78,000 a day.

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Obama has been enjoying activities since he's been away. On his blog, Branson shared photos of the former US president kitesurfing off nearby Moskito Island.

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According to Branson, this was the first time Obama had kite-surfed since his time in office.

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Branson wrote on his blog that he challenged Obama to a competition to see who could learn how to kite-surf and foil board more quickly.

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Branson said that inviting the Obamas to his island was "a huge honor," the Associated Press reported.

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Branson admitted that Obama won the challenge, managing to kite-surf 100 meters on his board.

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After a quick pit stop in San Jose, California to meet some tech executives, Obama headed to his home state of Hawaii to play a round of golf at Mid Pacific Country Golf Club. He was later spotted dining at laid-back surf-and-turf restaurant Buzz's Lanikai in Kailua.

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The Brando is named after the late Marlon Brando, who bought the island in 1967.

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It was then transformed into a luxury resort in 2014.

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The resort has 35 villas on a white-sand beach. A one-bedroom villa costs north of $2,500 per night in the low season and more than $3,800 in the high season.

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The villas have between one and three bedrooms; each has its own plunge pool.

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Activities are a big part of the Polynesian experience. Local news station TNTV published photos of Michelle Obama paddle boarding after she joined her husband in French Polynesia.

Besides enjoying the water activities, the former president is rumored to have been working on his memoirs during their stay at The Brando, according to the Telegraph.

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The Obamas then joined Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, and Oprah Winfrey aboard David Geffen's "Rising Sun" yacht off the Island of Moorea in the South Pacific. Obama spent nearly a month in French Polynesia.

In May, the Obamas headed to Italy, beginning with a brief stop in Milan, where Barack Obama delivered a sold-out speech at the Food Innovation Summit.

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The couple went on to Tuscany for a six-day vacation, staying at Borgo Finocchieto, a restored 14th-century village that is now a private hotel.

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The property is owned by John Phillips, an American who served as US Ambassador to Italy under the Obama administration from 2013 to early 2017. Phillips bought the abandoned village and began renovations in 2001.

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While vacationing in Tuscany, Michelle Obama was spotted exploring the nearby town of Montalcino.

Barack was also pictured playing golf at the Castiglion del Bosco course, a 15-minute drive away from Phillips' property.

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The couple also managed to sample some of Italy's best food, cooked by world-renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura at an event hosted by John Phillips.

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Since their Italian vacation, President Obama has been traveling around Europe on business for the Obama Foundation, Time reported. He was also seen golfing at St. Andrews in Scotland.

This June, the Obama family is reportedly staying at the $2,500-a-night Four Seasons hotel in Bali, Indonesia.

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The whole family was spotted whitewater rafting in the Ayung River.

Later, they visited the Tirta Empul temple, which is famed for its holy water. Michelle, Malia, and Sasha donned yellow sarongs for the visit.

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Throughout his two terms in office, Obama made living a healthy lifestyle a priority. Here is a look back at how the 44th president brought health consciousness to the White House.

Both Barack and Michelle Obama embody the idea of lifestyle changes rather than just diet changes. By changing the way they live day to day, it becomes easier to maintain healthy behaviors. During their time in office, the Obamas set an example for all Americans to live and eat healthier. 

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