Filmmaker and recent heart-attack survivor Kevin Smith has shared before and after images of his vegan weight-loss transformation.
Taking to Instagram, the celebrity wrote: “Wide World of Jorts, Then and Now. Years ago, a paparazzo snapped the infamous shot on the left of me wearing my giant jorts at my all-time heaviest. The photo on the right was taken at the same gas station today. I’m very near the goal weight I was told to shoot for after the heart attack.”
In February, Smith announced on Facebook that he had suffered a near-fatal heart attack, and wrote: “maybe it’s time to go vegan.”
Doctors said he needed to lose 50 pounds; going vegan, he lost 17 Lbs in just 9 days.
Sharing this latest post, Smith thanked Weight Watchers, but credited the weight-loss predominately to his vegan diet. He thanked Ray Cronise, author of “Idiot’s Guide: Plant-Based Nutrition,” and magician Penn Jillette, who turned him onto the diet.
Wide World of Jorts, Then and Now. Years ago, a paparazzo snapped the infamous shot on the left of me wearing my giant jorts at my all-time heaviest. The photo on the right was taken at the same gas station today. I’m very near the goal weight I was told to shoot for after the heart attack, so big thanks go out to @weightwatchers, #pennjillette, @raycronise & @veggiegrill for reshaping my district, so to speak! #KevinSmith #wwambassador #wwfreestyle #vegan #weightlosstransformation #weightwatchers
By March, Smith’s daughter, vegan model and actress Harley Quinn Smith, said her dad was thriving. “He’s doing really great … He’s the healthiest he’s ever been, he’s vegan now, which is amazing.”
Since then, Smith has raved about the benefits of a vegan diet. He told podcast host Joe Rogan that after one month of plant-based eating, his lab tests produced such “fantastic” results that the doctor reduced Smith’s Lipitor cholesterol medication by half because his levels had dropped so dramatically.
Smith is keen to emphasize that he can still enjoy delicious food while dieting. He raved to Joe Rogan about LA’s vegan Crossroads Kitchen, which makes a meatball sub “so good I’d suck a [expletive] for one,” says Smith.
The filmmaker also enjoys the vegan food at Veggie Grill so much that he asked them to open a restaurant in his hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey. He also requested that they add a vegan pizza to their menu. The star tweeted: “Dear @VeggieGrill – You are perfect. Change nothing. Okay, maybe change one thing: add a Vegan pizza. But even if you don’t, you’ll still have the undying loyalty of the Jersey-born demographic.”
Smith thanked Veggie Grill for “reshaping my district” in his Instagram post.
It seems that Smith is out to prove to the world that vegan pizza and weight-loss can – and should – coexist.
Image credit: Kevin Smith