Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a rumored contender for the 2024 GOP nomination, revealed his secret to weight loss: stay away from sugar.
In an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan that aired on Fox Nation on Thursday, DeSantis was asked about his recent weight loss and how he’s been maintaining it while driving in the Sunshine State.
“At the end of the day, it’s like a New Year’s resolution. I have the same thing. I’m a vet. I’m an athlete and a military veteran. And so as governor, you can get caught up in a lot of other things,” DeSantis said.
“I’m on a good regimen and I’m going to keep going… I think sugar is the biggest problem, basically if you eat sugar, your body burns sugar. If you don’t, it burns fat,” the governor said, emphasizing. “The importance of working and eating half-decent”.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks to Iowa voters gathered at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on March 10, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The couple joked about the apparent rumors that DeSantis eats pudding with his hands. – Have you ever eaten chocolate milk with three fingers? Morgan asked.
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“I don’t remember ever doing that. I’m telling you, maybe when I was a kid,” DeSantis said with a laugh.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on the set of his interview with British journalist Piers Morgan. (Fox & Friends Screengrab/Fox Nation)
Former President Trump reportedly called DeSantis “fat” and “crazy” while speaking privately with individuals, according to a new book by New York Times writer Maggie Haberman, but the governor is unfazed by critics.
“It’s interesting, there’s a lot of people when they go to you, sometimes they’ve got really good ammunition. Like a champion. You’ve done this. You’ve done that for me. So to me, they’re talking about the pudding. . Like, is that really what you got? the best you got? OK, bring it on,” DeSantis said, silencing the haters.
DeSantis then added that she doesn’t eat pudding with her new diet. “No, it’s sugar, man. You can’t. You can be doing these things. I don’t know. Maybe there’s sugar-free milk. I’ve got to look into that and try to figure out how we go from there,” the Florida Republican said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks to Iowa voters on March 10, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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When he was spotted in Iowa in early March, a Twitter user shared a photo of the Florida governor and his body. “Holy cow @GovRonDeSantis looks fit and ready to fight. Not sure how much weight he’s lost, but his health/appearance won’t be one of Trump’s talking points in the debates,” the user wrote.
Fox News’ Brianna Herlihy contributed to this report.
Aubrie Spady is a freelance production assistant at Fox News Digital.