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Kevin Smith Says Life-Saving Weight Loss Was Inspired By His Daughter

The guy who made 'Clerks' is the healthiest he's ever been.

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In February this year, filmmaker and comedian Kevin Smith nearly died of a heart attack while recording a new live TV special. At the time, Smith was suffering from a 100 blockage of his LAD artery. According to Smith at the time, “If I hadn’t canceled [taping] the second show to go to the hospital, the Doc said I would’ve died tonight.” But now, Kevin Smith is in the best shape of his life. And part of his inspiration to get healthy came directly from his daughter.

Over the weekend, Kevin Smith posted photos of himself on Instagram demonstrating his dramatic weight-loss transformation six months after his near-fatal heart attack. Smith credited his doctors and Weight Watchers for his health change, but most tellingly, also said his daughter helped lead the way. “I also want to thank my kid @harleyquinnsmith — the little vegan astronaut who explored this meatless/milkless galaxy ahead of me, leading by example.” As of yesterday, Smith said he has lost 50 pounds.

Back in April, Smith had lost 32 pounds when he appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival while attending the debut of his daughter’s film. At that time, the younger Smith said she was proud of her father adding “He’s the healthiest he’s ever been…he’s a vegan now, which is amazing.”

This @weightwatchers Ambassador is thrilled to announce that I’VE LOST 51 POUNDS! Six months ago from right now, I was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack I’d had the night before. When I went to my Doctor a week later, she told me “The best thing you can do for yourself now is to lose 50 pounds.” Half a year later, I can report that I followed Doctor’s orders: I started at 256 and now I weigh 205. This is the lightest I’ve been since high school! My hope now is I can slowly lose another 10 with #weightwatchers and get down to my birth weight of 195! But for now, I’m ecstatic to have reached this chunky milestone! I wanna thank #pennjillette for his book #presto, @raycronise for getting me started with his potato famine, and the good folks at #weightwatchers for their app-based program that made it easy to keep track of and control my eating! And I also wanna thank my kid @harleyquinnsmith – the little vegan astronaut who explored this meatless/milkless galaxy ahead of me, leading by example. Since I never wanted to see the inside of a hospital ever again, I simply copied the Kid. So this wasn’t a diet: these results came from a total lifestyle change of eating solely plant-based foods (which is tough because I hate vegetables). But mostly, I wanna thank all of you as well – for the kind and encouraging words along the way. Never underestimate the power of positive feedback: you folks telling me I looked better or healthier helped me stick with it. An encouraging word can really make a difference in someone’s life and your compliments kept me going! And just look where I went! #KevinSmith #WWambassador #WWFreestyle #WWFamily #WWBros #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #WWCommunity #ad *People following the Weight Watchers program can expect to lose 1-2lbs per week.

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Part of the significance of Smith’s dramatic weight-loss is connected to his previous media image as a bigger guy. In his new Instagram photo, he’s sporting a t-shirt with his likeness and the words “Fat Man.” Clearly, the nickname doesn’t work anymore, which isn’t to say Smith cares about beauty standards or artificial body images. For him, being overweight was a health risk, one that nearly cost him his life this year. According to The Mayo Clinic, two causes of coronary artery disease are “a sedentary lifestyle,” and “high cholesterol.”

Kevin Smith getting into shape and dropping his “Fat Man,” image proves one thing. The guy cares about his health and being there for his family for a long, long time to come.

As of February, Smith said that a reboot of Jay and Silent Bob was still in the works.