Looking for weight loss inspiration? Kevin Smith is celebrating his 51-pound weight loss after suffering a near-fatal heart attack earlier this year, the director revealed on Instagram.
On February 25, Smith was rushed to the hospital after a standup show.
“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”),” he wrote on Instagram in February. “If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!”
At the time, Smith weighed 256 pounds. He’d already lost about 80 pounds in the 10 years leading up to his cardiac arrest, Entertainment Tonight reports. But, according to the 48-year-old filmmaker, doctors told him a week after the heart attack, “The best thing you can do for yourself now is to lose 50 pounds.”
Six months later, Smith has reached his goal and now weighs 205 pounds. He attributes much of his weight loss to his partnership with Weight Watchers, Penn Jillette’s book Presto! (and his potato diet), and a solely plant-based foods diet, which he said was difficult because he “hates vegetables.”
“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!,” Smith joked in an Instagram post. “But for now, I’m ecstatic to have reached this chunky milestone!”
Smith has been documenting his weight-loss journey on social media since his health scare. In June, he posted an update about his then 43-pound weight loss.
“At the absolute adult thinnest I’ve been since I finished high school!,” he wrote. “And while I may look a little better, I FEEL f-cking fantastic!”
In June, Smith shared with Entertainment Tonight how almost losing his life changed his perspective on his eating habits.
“I just assumed I’d be fat my whole life and I’d never see my high school weight again or any of those things,” he said. “But after the heart attack, suddenly I was like, all right, I never want to be back in that room again with someone going up my groin to get to my heart through my femoral artery, telling me that there is a 20 percent chance that I will live, and 80 percent chance I’ll die.”