At 60, the Reverend Al Sharpton in the best shape of his life, having gone from 305 pounds to 129 pounds in four-and-a-half years. What's most impressive about his transformation is that he did it through diet and lifestyle changes, which is why he's been able to keep it off.
According to People, the civil rights activist and MSNBC host has transformed his body many times throughout the years, first losing 30 lbs. while on a 43-day hunger strike in jail in 2001 and then gaining it back during his presidential campaign. In 2006, he says he decided he needed to do something drastic when his daughter asked him why he was so fat. So, he quit sugar and many other foods, including meat, and has seen the greatest, most enduring change from this decision.
Sharpton says he did it by following a strict, low-carb, sugar-free vegan diet for several years and walking on the treadmill 20 or 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
After losing all the weight a few years ago, his doctor told him that he needed more carbs and protein, so he began incorporating more carbs, like whole-wheat toast, and more protein, like eggs and fish, into his diet — but he still doesn't eat red meat, pork, or chicken. And he's kept the weight off, without any kind of surgery.
People outlined Sharpton's usual eating habits: