Kevin Smith looks almost unrecognizable now that he has lost a lot of weight since his massive heart attack in February.
The famed director has kept fans up to date on his weight-loss progress on social media. On Sunday he took to Instagram to celebrate a milestone, he has lost 51-pounds since the heart attack that almost cost him his life. Smith shared with his followers he is back to his high-school weight, but he is not quite yet at his target goal.
This @weightwatchers Ambassador is thrilled to announce that I’VE LOST 51 POUNDS! Six months ago from right now, I was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack I’d had the night before. When I went to my Doctor a week later, she told me “The best thing you can do for yourself now is to lose 50 pounds.” Half a year later, I can report that I followed Doctor’s orders: I started at 256 and now I weigh 205. This is the lightest I’ve been since high school! My hope now is I can slowly lose another 10 with #weightwatchers and get down to my birth weight of 195! But for now, I’m ecstatic to have reached this chunky milestone! I wanna thank #pennjillette for his book #presto, @raycronise for getting me started with his potato famine, and the good folks at #weightwatchers for their app-based program that made it easy to keep track of and control my eating! And I also wanna thank my kid @harleyquinnsmith - the little vegan astronaut who explored this meatless/milkless galaxy ahead of me, leading by example. Since I never wanted to see the inside of a hospital ever again, I simply copied the Kid. So this wasn’t a diet: these results came from a total lifestyle change of eating solely plant-based foods (which is tough because I hate vegetables). But mostly, I wanna thank all of you as well - for the kind and encouraging words along the way. Never underestimate the power of positive feedback: you folks telling me I looked better or healthier helped me stick with it. An encouraging word can really make a difference in someone’s life and your compliments kept me going! And just look where I went! #KevinSmith #WWambassador #WWFreestyle #WWFamily #WWBros #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #WWCommunity #ad *People following the Weight Watchers program can expect to lose 1-2lbs per week.
His revelation came on the six-month anniversary of the Jay & Silent Bob actor's widow-maker heart attack that he managed to survive. It was a miracle the doctors caught it in time, and since then Smith has been all about leading a healthier lifestyle. He has contributed his weight-loss success to Weight Watchers and his daughter Harley Quinn, who has helped Smith adopt a vegan lifestyle. The later is something he fought until he realized his life literally depended on him making changes.
In the Instagram post, Smith shared he was at 256 when the heart attack occurred. Now he is at 205 and wants to lose ten more pounds to be at his optimal weight. He even posted a series of them and now photos, showing just how different the 48-year-old looks today. However for Smith, it is not about how he looks, it is about how he feels as he made it clear in the post he never wants to see the inside of a hospital again.
I was trying to do a killer standup special this evening but I might’ve gone too far. After the first show, I felt kinda nauseous. I threw up a little but it didn’t seem to help. Then I started sweating buckets and my chest felt heavy. Turns out I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life at the #glendale hospital told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (also known as “the Widow-Maker” because when it goes, you’re a goner). If I hadn’t canceled the second show to go to the hospital, the Doc said I would’ve died tonight. For now, I’m still above ground! But this is what I learned about myself during this crisis: death was always the thing I was most terrified of in life. When the time came, I never imagined I’d ever be able to die with dignity - I assumed I’d die screaming, like my Dad (who lost his life to a massive heart attack). But even as they cut into my groin to slip a stent into the lethal Widow-Maker, I was filled with a sense of calm. I’ve had a great life: loved by parents who raised me to become the individual I am. I’ve had a weird, wonderful career in all sorts of media, amazing friends, the best wife in the world and an incredible daughter who made me a Dad. But as I stared into the infinite, I realized I was relatively content. Yes, I’d miss life as it moved on without me - and I was bummed we weren’t gonna get to make #jayandsilentbobreboot before I shuffled loose the mortal coil. But generally speaking, I was okay with the end, if this was gonna be it. I’ve gotten to do so many cool things and I’ve had so many adventures - how could I be shitty about finally paying the tab. But the good folks at the Glendale hospital had other plans and the expertise to mend me. Total strangers saved my life tonight (as well as my friends @jordanmonsanto & @iamemilydawn, who called the ambulance). This is all a part of my mythology now and I’m sure I’ll be facing some lifestyle changes (maybe it’s time to go Vegan). But the point of this post is to tell you that I faced my greatest fear tonight... and it wasn’t as bad as I’ve always imagined it’d be. I don’t want my life to end but if it ends, I can’t complain. It was such a gift. #KevinSmith
Smith ended his lengthy message by thanking all of his devoted fans for their support. He also shared how living in an encouraging and positive world can make all the difference to a person. The Comic Book Men star made it clear his fans compliments helped him keep going even when he didn't want to. It is not surprising he gave a shoutout to fans, he has always been aware of how his fans support has helped his career, and he is eternally grateful.
Kevin Smith looks fantastic these days! His over 50-pound weight loss is definitely encouraging for those struggling with weight issues, so if you have not followed his journey, you need to. He is quickly becoming a model for health and fitness, even though that was never his intention.