Posted by: 4pack | July 28, 2009

“Ideal Shape”: French President Sarkozy Has Struggled With Diet And Exercise Changes Within The High-Stress World Stage

CLEARLY, IT HAS BEEN THE STRESS THAT HAS BEEN HURTING THE FRENCH PRESIDENT…HIS EXERCISE ROUTINE DOES NOT SEEM EXTREME…AND MS. BRUNI’S DIET RECOMMENDATIONS ARE GOOD…FOUR PACKS WOULD RECOMMEND A STRUCTURED, LOWER CALORIE DIET EATING WHOLE FOODS RATHER THAN PROTEIN BARS…HE NEEDS TO UP THE FRESH FRUIT TO COMPENSATE FOR THE LOSS OF CHOCOLATE…LISTEN TO CARLA, MR. PRESIDENT….

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been told to eat more and reduce his frenetic work rate after doctors said that exhaustion contributed to his collapse while jogging on Sunday.

Friends are quietly pointing the finger a Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, suggesting that he had fallen foul of a draconian diet which involved eating little and ruled out chocolate, cheese and dessert in an attempt to make Mr Sarkozy as svelte and fit as his supermodel-turned-singer wife, who is 13 years his junior.

Friends are quietly pointing the finger a Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, suggesting that he had fallen foul of a draconian diet which involved eating little and ruled out chocolate, cheese and dessert in an attempt to make Mr Sarkozy as svelte and fit as his supermodel-turned-singer wife, who is 13 years his junior.

Patrick Balkany, an MP and close friend, said: “The president is going to have to take more care, work a little less hard and eat a little bit more. He’s on a diet because he’s always a little bit too heavy… let’s say he doesn’t want to be overweight. At 54 you have to be reasonable.”

Mr Balkany added: “Recently the president has looked very honed. He looks more like a Tour de France rider than a president.”

The first lady, who he married last year after a whirlwind romance, is attributed with overseeing a complete “metamorphosis” of her husband as part of his bid to run for a second term in 2012.

She helped him drop the “bling-bling” image that saw him plummet in the polls and raised his cultural credentials, weaning him off Rambo films for theatre and literature. She is even said to have had a hand in choosing his new, flamboyant culture minister, Frederic Mitterrand, the son of the late president Francois Mitterrand.

 Trainer

She also introduced him to her personal trainer who has helped the president lose around 9lb and two trouser sizes. Julie Imperiali (26) said earlier this year she had helped the president get more in touch with his limits as before “he used just to run and run and run without being aware of his body”.

She said that she had stopped him from eating chocolate in the evening and advised protein bars rather than ham sandwiches.

But his new diet and fitness makeover may have proved too much on top of his hectic schedule.

With no vice-president in the French system and Francois Fillon, the Prime Minister, reduced to a secondary role by Mr Sarkozy, key decisions over government appointments were already on hold.

A statement said that the collapse had been caused by a bout of dizziness sparked by a 45-minute run in hot weather “in a context of tiredness linked to a heavy workload”.

The statement said that doctors at the Val-de-Grace military hospital in Paris had ruled out cardiovascular trouble, and prescribed no treatment other than rest.

A spokesman said that Mr Sarkozy would preside over a Cabinet meeting tomorrow before beginning a 21-day holiday in the French Riviera home owned by Ms Bruni.

http://www.herald.ie/world-news/did-carlas-tough-diet-leave-sarkozy-running-on-empty-1844091.html

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