*Al Sharpton has come a long way from weighing 305 pounds.
At exactly 129.6 pounds, he’s slimmer now and focused on keeping the weight off, despite those who wonder if he’s ill and risking health problems with being 2 pounds above medical “underweight” classification.
So what’s the secret to the Rev.’s weight loss? According to him, it all started with his daughter.
“I could take all the cartoons in the tabloid newspapers, but I couldn’t take my daughter punching me in the belly and asking why I was so fat,” Sharpton told the New York Daily News. “That was my inspiration to lose the weight. And probably the last time anyone hurt my feelings.”
Apparently, that incident with his daughter, which happened nearly 15 years ago when she was 12, stayed with Sharpton, who ultimately put his weight loss strategy into effect around six years ago.
The result amounted to the 60-year-old MSNBC “PoliticsNation” host cutting out red meat as well as chicken. A real change for someone who ate fried chicken with grits and eggs for breakfast and half a chicken for dinner.
Nowadays, Sharpton’s diet includes a lunchtime meal of a single salad with a chopped egg and no dinner at all since he doesn’t eat anything after 6 p.m. And the weight started disappearing as he lost about 2 pounds a week and grew to appreciate not having as much food.
“I was absolutely content just doing the salad,” said Sharpton, who added green juice, a banana and three slices of plain whole wheat toast to his diet as told by his doctor. “As a kid who grew up chubby, I just marveled at the fact that I could be thin.”
As for beverages, the Daily News notes that Sharpton doesn’t drink coffee. His drink of choice consists of a mug of Twinings English Breakfast Tea, sweetened with three packets of stevia and green juice from Juice Press.
Eating on the weekend might involve simple grilled fish. Despite not having sweets, Sharpton will indulge in fresh watermelon juice if he really wants a treat. All in all, the activist’s days revolve around a total of 1,000 calories and 26 grams of protein.
With his strict diet and weight loss, Sharpton has done a unbelievable job of keeping his weight down. For him, the credit goes to his mentor, the late James Brown, who taught him the value of self-control.
“Manhood, discipline, regiment, I learned all that from James Brown,” Sharpton shared with the Daily News. “I think a lot about how he would react if he saw my weight now. He would probably say I’ve learned how to master myself. He used to tell me, ’You can’t master situations until you master yourself.’ ”
In addition to eating less, Sharpton exercises “religiously” as he is found working out at the gym. He admits walking on the treadmill helps him deal with stress.
“I’m conditioned now so that I never get hungry,” he stated.
For more on Sharpton’s weight loss, click here (NY Daily News).