Reverend Al Sharpton has always been known for his civil rights activism. He has also been known for being a rather portly man. He weighed in at 305 pounds at one point. He has lost quite a bit of weight since then and looks back now realizing how unhealthy his life was. Now he has a specialized diet and exercise regimen that has allowed him to drop quite a bit of weight.
On January 12th, 1991 a man named Michael Riccardi stabbed Sharpton in the chest while at a protest in Bensonhurst, NY. One of the factors that was attributed to saving Sharpton’s life was the fact that he was obese. The knife was not able to penetrate far enough in his chest to cause lethal damage. However today Sharpton says that he knew he was living a very unhealthy lifestyle and needed to change things. The biggest determining factor Sharpton said was that his daughter had punched him in the stomach and asked him why he was so fat. He was tired of having his feelings hurt because of his weight and says that he refuses to be fat again.
He began eating a very strict diet that consists of the same menu every single day. He eats three pieces of wheat toast, a banana, salad, and two bottles of green juice. That is all that he eats during the day but says that he has conditioned his body so that he is never hungry through the day. He also exercises quite a bit.
Once photos of Sharpton began to surface he began to see negative comments. The 60 year old was looking very thin. Some began to say that he was looking very unhealthy. He simply responds to any of the negative comments by saying that he is a lot healthier now than he was when he was so overweight and he will not look back. He does not want to continue down a path to an early grave because of what he weighed. In total so far Sharpton has gone from 305 pounds to a trim 129 pounds.