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Comedy director Kevin Smith gets serious about weight loss with sugar-free diet

A comedy director gets serious about weight loss with sugar-free diet.
A comedy director gets serious about weight loss with sugar-free diet.Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Director Kevin Smith has become a heavyweight in the comic film world, with credits such as his "Fatman on Batman" podcast and "Too Fat For 40" comedy special. But when he decided to get solemn when it came to weight loss, Kevin didn't fool around. Now he's revealing his secrets, including a sugar-free diet, reported Comic Book News on Aug. 30.

"The secret is to not eat sugar and stand all day. I never sit behind the monitor: I'm always moving now," summed up Kevin. He credits a wearable technology device for helping him achieve his weight loss goals.

"I've been wearing a Jawbone bracelet and using the UP app to count my daily steps and every day this week, I've averaged 12,000. That's close to walking 5 miles a day," said Kevin proudly.

In addition to improving his health, Kevin has stepped up his film-making speed because he views it as part of his new fitness program, noting, "While I stand there every day making this weird little movie with my kid and her friend in it, I’ve been quietly cutting pounds in the process. This is why I've been stringing so many movies together lately: filmmaking, for me, has proven to be an excellent exercise regiment," reported the Inquisitr on Aug. 31.

Before his weight loss success, Kevin dealt with some embarrassing situations. He was particularly upset when, in 2010, Southwest Airlines informed him that his obesity did not allow him to fit safely into his seat.

After sharing that incident four years ago, Kevin is eager to spread the news of his weight loss. He used Twitter to post a photo of himself that resulted in numerous questions from fans eager to learn how he succeeded.

If you want to try Kevin's sugar-free diet for yourself, should you stock up on artificial sweeteners? Not according to a new study, which shows that calorie-free sugar substitutes can impact your weight loss goals, reported ANI News on Aug. 31.

Researchers measured how participants felt about snack choices and sugary food after drinking either a diet soda, regular soda or sparkling water. They discovered that dieters don't seem to register the calories in beverages.

Sarah Hill, associate professor of psychology at Texas Christian University (TCU), cautioned that diet sodas may affect your slim-down success. Other studies have shown that artificial sweeteners also may trigger cravings for sweetened foods, causing weight gain.