Name: Bret Baier
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: TV News Anchor
Weight Before: 245 pounds
Weight After: 197 pounds
Duration: 7 months
Imagine having the responsibility of revealing all of the breaking news, heart-wrenching tragedies, and uplifting triumphs to the nation’s biggest prime time cable news audience, while simultaneously being a loving husband and father of two young sons. That’s the everyday reality of 42-year-old Bret Baier (@BretBaier), anchor of Fox News’ ratings powerhouse, Special Report (@SpecialReport). Given those responsibilities, it’s understandable how he almost overlooked his own health.
To wind down after an intense day, Baier would often find himself eating steaks, cheese pizzas, sweets, or fried and breaded foods. Perhaps not surprisingly, he was diagnosed with high cholesterol and given a prescription for Crestor. This situation concerned his wife. He explains, “we have a son who had to have a couple of open heart surgeries –because of congenital heart defects when he was a baby– and my wife turned to me one day and said, ‘I don’t want two heart patients.'” Baier, a yo-yo diet veteran, says, “I had reached a point in my mind that this was going to be a life-change.”
Following the advice of friends, he decided to try the Eat Right For Your Blood Type app known for clearly defining foods into beneficial, detrimental, and neutral lists. “I’m an O blood type, [and] fortunately for me, that is one of the blood types that I think is most manageable because it’s basically a lot of meat and fish and vegetables,” explains Baier. Opting for a gluten-free diet, he says he soon became almost addicted to grilled fish (particularly salmon and mahi-mahi) and grilled chicken, among other healthy fare. He indicates, “after a while, you become accustomed to what is in your beneficial list and you make that your choice.” While coffee and bread were taken off his menu, Baier admits he’d occasionally cheat by eating a dark chocolate bar (an O-blood type neutral food), or having a “glass of wine every now or then” noting he would increase his running to offset the indulgence.
In the gym, whether in Washington, DC, or traveling on assignment, there were no shortcuts. Already an avid golfer, Baier increased his physical activities thereby completing his lifestyle change. At the beginning or conclusion of each day, Baier diligently hopped on the elliptical or treadmill for 30 to 45 minutes. He indicates this new approach was “a de-stressing thing — it wasn’t a glass of wine, it was a run and I was feeling good.” And, if thousands of complimentary viewer emails inquiring how he made the transformation are any indication, he’s looking as good as he’s feeling.
Baier says it’s important to never “get yourself down because you can get right back on track.” When reflecting on the transformation, he attributes 70% to diet and 30% to exercise explaining that, “when I was running every day and sweating, I noticed a lot of changes quickly.” In only seven months, Baier lost an incredible 48 pounds. However, it’s clear what he’s gained is far more important. His wife no longer worries about his health, he’s more energetic, he’s off Crestor as a result of his reduced cholesterol, and, he says, according to his most recent physical, “everything’s A-Okay.”