Anthony Albanese may have added years to his life by overhauling his diet and reducing his alcohol intake during his incredible weight loss journey.
The prime minister embarked on a fitness quest after being in a terrifying car accident in January 2021, losing a whopping 18kg in less than a year by cutting carbs, increasing exercise and giving up alcohol for three months.
By March, the Labor leader had dropped to his goal of weighing under 80kg, meaning he is no longer considered obese based on body mass index measurements.
Albanese’s stunning transformation was used as a political weapon by Scott Morrison during the federal election in May, but the new prime minister may have had the last laugh, in more ways than one.
Nutritionist Susie Burrell told Daily Mail Australia that Albanese’s weight loss would have reduced her risk of a number of serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, high cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels.
Anthony Albanese looks trim with girlfriend Jodie Haydon upon arrival in Spain for the NATO Leaders Summit on June 27
Mr. Albanese (pictured in 2017) lost 40 pounds in less than a year by cutting carbs, increasing exercise, and giving up alcohol for three months.
“It would have significantly reduced their risk of lifestyle-related diseases, which overweight men in Australia are at risk of,” he said.
“We know that Australian men drink too much alcohol and that processed food intake in Australia is high, especially after the pandemic. We also lead sedentary lives.
“So we’re eating too much of the wrong things and we’re not moving. This is why men with beer bellies are the norm in Australia.
Some 67 per cent of Australians are overweight or obese, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2018 National Health Survey, and lifestyle diseases are a massive health problem for both men and women.
Experts predict that more than 18 million Australians will be overweight or obese by 2030 if trends continue.
Ms Burrell, who has two honors degrees in nutrition and dietetics and psychology, said the fact that sedentary lifestyles are becoming the “norm” is worrying for health professionals.
He said that for people who fall into the obese or overweight categories, losing weight, as long as it’s done in a healthy way, offers long-term benefits.
Mr. Albanese appears in 2013 (left) and 2022 (right) after losing 40 pounds in less than a year.
Anthony Albanese (pictured) embarked on a health journey last year after being involved in a car accident. He is photographed in 2013.
But while higher weights pose higher disease risks, Ms Burrell cautioned against using BMI, which measures weight, as an indicator of health.
‘The risk increases to a greater degree with weight and obesity. There is a genetic component, but lifestyle is the factor that we have control over,” she said.
BMI takes into account total mass, which can include muscle mass. However, body fat mass is a better measure of health risks. For men, it is about the amount of abdominal fat they have, which becomes problematic after 90 cm (circumference).
“Losing weight too quickly leads to loss of muscle mass, which is not good for the heart. The key is not so much weight but waist measurements as a general indicator of health.’
Albanese revealed to the Daily Mail Australia in September that she had lost 15kg, before announcing six months later that she had lost another three.
Speaking about his fitness at Triple M Perth in March, Albanese said he gave up alcohol after a serious car accident in the middle of last year, when his Toyota was hit by a Range Rover and he was rushed to hospital for tests. x-rays, but escaped serious injury. .
“In January of last year, I had a near-death experience in the car,” Albanese said.
Susie Burrell, who has two honors degrees in nutrition, dietetics and psychology, said weight loss for Australians who are overweight or obese reduces the risk of lifestyle-related diseases such as heart conditions and diabetes.
“I was in a head-on car accident and that really makes you sit back and think about things. I was taking pretty strong painkillers so I didn’t have to drink alcohol.
‘And I thought I’ll see how long I can hold out. I was five months. So now I have an occasional beer. I had some cute Little Creatures last night.’
During the federal election campaign, Morrison took aim at his competitor’s weight loss, suggesting that Albanese was ‘pretending’ to be someone he was not.
“You can’t present yourself to the Australian people as something you’re not,” the former prime minister said.
Leopards don’t change places. Although they change glasses and suit, they remain the same.
Morrison later faced criticism that his comment was a cheap shot, including in a viral LinkedIn post from Troy Mansell, co-founder of employee wellness app Benny Button.
“This week, our Prime Minister positioned the improvement of Anthony Albanese’s well-being as identity insecurity. He doesn’t know who he is. It’s like he’s trying to be someone else,” Mansell wrote in March.
Mr. Albanese pictured in April with his partner Jodie Haydon, who praised his wellness journey online.
‘Anthony Albanese made a conscious decision to improve his relationship with food, alcohol and exercise. He is happy and proud of his efforts. This should be celebrated by everyone. Not politicized.
Albanese’s partner, Jodie Haydon, shared the post and gushed about her boyfriend’s inspiring health journey.
“I am very proud of Anthony’s discipline and motivation to improve his health. This was a decision made a while ago, after a near death experience, to make the most of life and give yourself every opportunity to be healthy and happy.’
“As his partner, I have seen how demanding life as a politician can be, it is completely exhausting both mentally and physically.”
Ms Haydon said she hopes all Australians seek to look after themselves to the best of their ability and that Mr Albanese’s lifestyle changes can motivate others to follow suit.
“The last two years have shown us during a pandemic how important our health is and how much we should value it,” he said.
“I hope their actions can inspire others to do the same.”
SUSIE BURRELL’S TOP FIVE TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF LIFESTYLE DISEASES
1. Reduce alcohol consumption: maximum 10 standard drinks per week!
two. Eliminate refined carbohydrates = white bread, pastries, white rice, soft drinks.
3. Cut meat portions: 150g max cooked 3-4 times per week or less than 350g per week with some meatless days
Four. Fast 12 hours a day: Eliminate late-night snacking.
5. More vegetables: Vegetables protect against disease and fewer than 1 in 10 Australians get close enough. Drink vegetable juice and get vegetables at every meal. Try 1-2 vegetarian meals a week, for example. chillies, vegetable soup or lasagna