Kevin Smith Reveals How He Lost 20 Pounds in 13 Days After Suffering a Massive Heart Attack

What’s the first thing you do when you cheat death? Visit Disneyland, of course!

That’s what Kevin Smith and family did after he suffered a massive heart attack. “You just survived a heart attack! What do you wanna do next? ‘I’m going to @disneyland!” Smith posted on Instagram. “Yesterday we took a family trip together for the first time in years to the happiest place on Earth, to celebrate my still being alive (and to do research)!”

Smith credits weight loss as being part of the reason he is still alive, dropping 20 pounds in a few short months. How’d he do it? Page 5 says it all.

This was Smith’s biggest fear

Kevin Smith holding a microphone.

Kevin Smith wasn’t always healthy.  | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Death was never far from Smith’s mind as he posted on Facebook, “My biggest fear in life: Death, No. 1. No. 2: People seeing my dick.” Smith must have known he was flirting with the grim reaper as he talked about his weight problems in 2008.

“I broke a toilet. That’s how heavy I am,” Smith said to The Los Angeles Times. “I can’t take all the credit — that was an old toilet and a very waterlogged wall — but my size took that toilet down. I cannot cognitively reframe it and be like, ‘It wasn’t me — it was the toilet.’ It was definitely me. And that’s a wake-up call!” He vowed to take a break to focus on his health but he continued to struggle.

Next: Smith tried diets and weight loss.

He lost weight but was it too late?

Kevin Smith's collage.

He turned his life around. | Thatkevinsmith via Twitter

In 2015 Smith posted a “before and after” photo following an 85 pound weight loss, People reports. This was after he was famously kicked off a Southwest Airline flight for being too overweight for a single seat too.

Smith lost weight by eliminating sugary drinks from his diet after viewing a documentary about the dangers of sugar. “So then I watch this documentary last year, and I was, like, ‘Oh, man, um, I really don’t wanna die’ – and I’m already 44 years old,” he said to People.

Next: Damage was already done.

Smith has a massive heart attack

Kevin Smith in his hospital bed.

This was his wakeup call. | Thatkevinsmith via Instagram

Initially Smith thought he had a stomach bug when he kept throwing up. But instead he was having a heart attack, CNN reports. “After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack,” Smith posted to Instagram. “The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka ‘the Widow-Maker’).” He added he would have died if he hadn’t canceled his second show that night to head to the hospital.

Next: Even though he lost weight before, he still has more to go.

Smith makes a weight loss pledge

Kevin Smith's photos of himself in a long green coat.

He realized he had to make sacrifices to be healthy in the long run. | Thatkevinsmith via Instagram

After spending two days in the hospital, Smith embarks upon a new weight loss quest. He planned to become a vegetarian and said on The Ralph Report podcast, “So if this is the price you have to pay for all that ease, checking out before age 50, that’s — how can you argue with that? Don’t be shitty. Pay the bill. It’s time,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Next: Smith finds stunning results with this weight loss plan.

Smith turned his life around with this one tip

Kevin Smith waving on a red carpet.

The weight started coming off before he knew it. | Mike Windle/Getty Images

Almost two months following his heart attack, Smith tweets, “I’m officially down 20 pounds as of this morning! 20 pounds in 13 days & my blood pressure is amazing. How did this happen? My Doc said lose 50 pounds. 20 down, 30 more to go!”

He credits a program called Just Sides, which was featured in celebrity magician Penn Jillette’s book Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales.

Next: How does the program work?

How does Just Sides help you lose weight?

Penn Jillette on a red carpet.

Penn Jillette helped make this diet super popular. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Just Sides allows you to still eat everything you love, but in smaller amounts. The site is loaded mouth watering plant-based recipes, but customized to a side dish portion (rather than the oversized portions Americans have grown accustomed to eating). Weight loss guru and former NASA scientist Ray Cronise developed the plant-based plan. Cronise is credited for helping Jillette drop 100 pounds, which Jillette says saved his life, according to Nokia Health blog.

Next: The science behind this kind of eating.

How portion controlled vegetarianism can work for you

Fruits and vegetables portioned out in bowls.

Enjoy food, but don’t go overboard. | Marilyna/Getty Images

Vegetarianism may lower the risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, but only if you approach the eating plan correctly, according to Harvard Health. The best way to maximize a vegetarian lifestyle is to avoid sugar, junk food, and read labels. Also, eat mainly fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, while integrating healthy fats like nuts, olive oil, and canola oil.

Like with Just Sides, portion control plays a huge part with weight reduction. One New York Times writer discussed her journey with weight loss and found eating portioned controlled, mainly vegetarian meals was the key to weight loss. “My meals — mostly homemade — are heavily loaded with vegetables, and I choose calorie-controlled snacks like popcorn at 35 calories a cup, a graham cracker at 59 calories.”

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