At 58, Reverend Al Sharpton has never felt better. He lost 167 pounds by following a vegan diet and doing daily cardio workouts, telling the "Today" show recently, "I gave up meat, I started watching my diet."
Reverend Al joked with interviewer Matt Lauer that the dapper "Today" show host supplies his motivation.
“I get up every morning and watch you Matt, and I say, ‘I want to look like that,’ ” said Reverend Al.
After struggling with his weight for years, Reverend Al shifted to a vegan diet when former President Clinton suggested it, according to Of Course Vegan. (Read all about President Clinton's current diet by clicking here.)
But working out also plays a key role in helping him "feel like a new, improved me."
Reverend Sharpton feels that daily exercise is essential. “You live seven days a week, that means you should exercise seven days a week,” he said.
And he feels that he wants to be a role model.
“You can’t address our issues and demand social justices when you are a prisoner in your own body,” he said. “How do you pastor when they are in the church cafeteria frying? We can’t preach community control when we aren’t practicing self-control.”
Reverend Al also credits his new way of life for emotional health.
“A vegetarian diet has a way of absorbing the stress and gives you greater endurance,” he said. “I don’t eat many starches or [refined] sugars. I just love greens and grains. I eat a lot of salad and fruits."