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After losing 150 lbs, Rev. Al Sharpton stays faithful to plant-based diet

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After losing more than 150 pounds, Reverend Al Sharpton, author of "The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership," stays faithful to his fitness program. He credits it, along with a rigorous diet, for taking him from "a peak of 305 pounds years ago" to 138 pounds today, according to the Huffington Post.

To lose the weight, Sharpton hired a personal trainer to help him get into a workout routine.

"I remember seeing Bill Clinton when I first lost weight and he told me, 'Al, you will feel better and you won't need as much sleep.' He was right," Sharpton told the Wall Street Journal.

"You live seven days a week, that means you should exercise seven days a week," says Sharpton firmly. "My trainer helped me get on track. Now I'm my own police."

When he starts at 6 am, he's usually the only one in the gym at his Upper West Side apartment building. Sharpton jogs, rides a stationary bike. He then does crunches and stretches.

As for diet, Sharpton stopped eating all fried foods and cut way down on carbohydrates. NPR reports that he is almost entirely vegetarian. Except for fish once a week, his diet includes:

  • Two pieces of toast about 5:30 a.m., and then a treadmill workout
  • A salad, banana and hot tea for lunch about 12:30 p.m.
  • Two pieces of toast and tea in the afternoon
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