Reverend Al Sharpton credits a low calorie, sugar free, mostly vegan diet and daily workouts for his 176-pound weight loss. The 5-foot-10 Sharpton slimmed down from 305 pounds to 129 pounds, thanks to diet and exercise.
Rev. Al is no longer 100% vegan, but still doesn’t eat red meat or chicken and prefers eggs and the occasional fish dish for protein, Celebrity Health Fitness reported.
While celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari and Kendra Wilkinson have hopped on the low carb bandwagon and credit the Atkins, ketogenic and Paleo diets for their dramatic weight loss, Sharpton’s diet isn’t low carb but avoids refined sugar.
Sharpton hasn’t eaten dinner in years, preferring to consume most of his calories early in the day. Rev. Al said he slimmed down without weight loss surgery or diet pills through good old-fashioned discipline.
I’m conditioned now so that I never get hungry.
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. That was my inspiration to lose the weight.”
Sharpton, who calls his weight loss plan “the Al Sharpton Diet,” has lost 60 percent of his body weight since 2008, when he began following a vegan diet. He’s no longer vegan, but doesn’t eat much animal protein.
Sharpton’s daily menu consists of about 1,000 calories and 26 grams of protein. For breakfast he has three slices of whole wheat toast, tea sweetened with Stevia and a bottle of green juice. For lunch he has a salad with a hard-boiled egg, a banana and more tea. Sharpton usually skips dinner and never eats past 6 p.m.
Rev. Al also exercises daily, walking slowly on the treadmill for 20 minutes. While the workout isn’t rigorous, he never skips a day.
You live seven days a week, that means you should exercise seven days a week.”
Sharpton, who was once addicted to fried chicken, said in previous interviews that it was important for him to get healthy so he could be a positive role model for his community. “You can’t address our issues and demand social justices when you are a prisoner in your own body,” said Al.
At one point, Sharpton was subsisting on just one meal a day (a tiny salad for lunch), but started eating more on the advice of his doctor. The once self-professed food addict was shocked that he completely curbed his desire to overeat.
I was absolutely content just doing the salad. As a kid who grew up chubby, I just marveled at the fact that I could be thin.”
Sharpton, who’s dating personal stylist Aisha McShaw (see photo above), said his health and his life improved dramatically, thanks to discipline. He said he learned lessons on self-discipline from singer James Brown.
“Manhood, discipline, regimen, I learned all that from James Brown,” said Sharpton. “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.'”