The network’s Chief Washington Correspondent says life on the campaign trail is what first developed his poor eating habits. Tapper started reporting during ’99/2000 race and says there was nothing but junk food on the road.
“I was about 30-years-old, so I was still relatively unconcerned about my diet,” Tapper told Bon Appetit. “And I would drink a lot—you know at night with campaign sources and stuff.”
Now as the host of two CNN programs — The Lead with Jake Tapper and State of the Union — Tapper says he has a healthy diet and exercise routine set in place, which was inspired by Rudd’s “shredded” body for his role in Ant Man.
“It showed me what a 47-year-old, Jewish, middle-aged guy can look like,” he said. “So he told me his diet and exercise routine and I started doing it. I am now devoted. I’ve lost 12 pounds.”
Tapper says he eats a bowl of oatmeal and a protein like hard-boiled eggs for breakfast, then works out for 40 minutes doing cardio and strength training. He then has a protein shake with banana, almond butter, almond milk, and ice.
For lunch, he keeps things simple: “I have salad. That’s something where people lie to themselves. They get a salad and they pile cheese on top of it and croutons and say, ‘I had a salad.’ And it’s like, no, you had a 1,000 to 1,500 calorie pile of cheese with some lettuce in there. Not the same thing. So I eat a boring salad with some cranberries and chicken—not fried—and then oil and vinegar dressing.”
Before dinner, Tapper has another protein shake and has another salad or something similar for dinner.
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And the disciplined diet has been paying off — Tapper admits to having a two-pack. “The whole thing has become an addiction,” he said. “I’m not a particularly vain person despite what people might think about those who are on TV, but I am getting obsessed with my pants feeling loose on me. I’ll admit to that.”