When it comes to celebrity weight loss, stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce recently boasted about losing 10 pounds or slimming down one dress size. But civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton has shed more pounds than either woman has ever weighed. Now, after losing 176 pounds, Rev. Al shared his weight loss secrets with People.
At his highest weight, Sharpton toted 305 pounds on his 5-foot, 10-inch body. Now he weighs 129 pounds, and Rev. Al emphasizes that he did not undergo weight loss surgery to complete his transformation.
“I actually lost more weight than I am!” he cheered.
To lose the weight, Sharpton used a combination of different diets. But it wasn’t until his daughter criticized his size that Rev. Al made the decision to achieve and maintain his weight loss goal.
Around 2006, my youngest daughter Ashley poked me in the stomach and said, ‘Dad, why are you so fat?’ That kind of hurt my feelings. I grew up in civil rights and politics, so I’m pretty thick-skinned, but when your daughter says it, I started being conscious.
After that wake-up call from his daughter, Sharpton gradually shifted to a primarily plant-based diet. He initially followed a vegan diet. Then, on his doctor’s advice, Rev. Al expanded his weight loss maintenance plan by adding eggs for a vegetarian diet.
Sharpton emphasizes that although he tried to lose weight by cutting out red meat and starchy foods, he achieved rapid weight loss only after limiting himself to one main meal at noon and a small breakfast. He detailed his typical diet menu in a New York Daily News interview and his exercise, as shown in the video below.
Breakfast consists of three slices of whole wheat toast, tea sweetened with stevia, and green juice. Sharpton’s main meal occurs at noon, at which time he consumes a vegetable salad with a hard-boiled egg, a banana, and more tea.
Between breakfast and lunch, Rev.Al hops on the treadmill at the NBC gym. He walks for 20 minutes at 3 mph, enjoying the convenience in the same building in which he hosts PoliticsNation and a radio talk show.
At night, Sharpton drinks green juice. As a treat on weekends, he eats grilled fish or watermelon juice. However, Rev. Al emphasizes that in general he follows a vegetarian diet for his health and continued weight loss success.
In recent years, Paleo and low carb diets have become increasingly popular. As the Inquisitr reported, celebrities such as Kim Kardashian have chosen these diets to achieve their own weight loss goals. But as Rev. Al hopes to demonstrate through his slim-down success, other types of plans, such as vegetarian and vegan, can work both for short-term and long-term weight loss.
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