America isn’t only seeing less of Mike Pompeo because the Trump Administration is no longer prevailing. We are seeing less of the former secretary of state because there is literally less of him — 90 pounds, to be exact. The funny part of this story is that the entire weekend, CNN, MSNBC, and network 'talking heads' spoke endlessly about the weight loss as if it was some politically motivated scheme that was being played against the American people. Why are they so infatuated with Pompeo and why would they spend so much time trying to debunk his weight loss? Fact is, he lost a lot of weight - and not liberals are turning it into a conspiracy. The former director of the CIA has encountered many challenging situations in his long career, though he hesitates to talk regarding his weight loss because of a nagging fear he will put all the pounds he lost back on. In an exclusive interview with The Post, he disclosed how he did it and why. [tweet_embed] January 9, 2021[/tweet_embed] It all began on June 14, 2021, when Pompeo stepped on the scale and noticed he was only pounds away from 300 for the first time in his life. He explained that the following day, he woke up and told his wife, Susan: “Today is the day.” “I started exercising, not every day, but nearly every day, and eating right, and the weight just started to come off,” he stated. Pompeo, 58, explained he invested in a home gym in his basement with some dumbbells and an elliptical machine, where The Post photographed him this week. “I tried to get down there five, six times a week and stay at it for a half-hour or so. And that was nothing scientific. There was no trainer, there was no dietician. It was just me.” [tweet_embed] January 9, 2021[/tweet_embed] The weight began piling on when he was first elected to Congress as a representative for Kansas in 2010, Pompeo announced. “Although the truth is losing weight has been a lifetime struggle for me.” To finally get healthy, Pompeo stated, he had to be in the right frame of mind. “For me it’s about getting it right and being sufficiently disciplined,” he explained, a process he applied to all of the high-pressure positions he’s held in government though not to his health until this year. Gone were the cheeseburgers, carbs, and sugary treats that lingered beside his computer as he worked long into the night — or traveled with him on long flights across the world. Though the change in diet hasn’t changed family restaurant traditions — IHOP is still Pompeos' favorite. Instead of ordering stacks of pumpkin pancakes smothered in syrup, the former secretary now decides much healthier fare. “We still go there as a family — it’s important to not take those traditions away. Now we get egg whites and turkey bacon,” he announced. [tweet_embed] January 9, 2021[/tweet_embed] “For our family, food is where we gather. We are Italian and we like to get together around a good meal of pasta and bread and cheeses and dessert. We are still going to enjoy these big meals with family and friends except I am going to be the guy that says, ‘Yeah, I’ll have a salad,’” he explained.