al sharptonBack in 1991, being obese may have actually helped Rev. Al Sharpton escape death after being stabbed in the chest, but these days the civil rights activist is free of his protective armor and living life to the fullest in a healthier way.

“I’m never going to be fat — never again,” Sharpton said in a new interview with the New York Daily News.

Sharpton, who recently celebrated his 60th birthday, is down to 129 pounds from 305 pounds and says he feels “younger and more energetic” now.

The real reason for Sharpton’s weight loss is one that many parents may be able to empathize with:

“I could take all the cartoons in the tabloid newspapers, but I couldn’t take my daughter punching me in the belly and asking why I was so fat,” Sharpton recalled. “That was my inspiration to lose the weight. And probably the last time anyone hurt my feelings.”

His dramatic weight loss comes from an intensely disciplined diet and exercise regimen. He eats standing up and  his daily diet includes:

  • 3 slices of whole wheat toast
  • 2 bottles of fresh green juice
  • Salad
  • Banana

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