Anyone who has followed the career of the Rev. Al Sharpton has witnessed a remarkable fitness transformation. The once-portly pompadoured preacher is now a fitness junkie. The Wall Street Journal just published a rather flattering profile of the now-svelte Black leader and talk-show host:
Rev. Sharpton, 57 years old, says he weighed more than 300 pounds from the late ’80s through the ’90s. He lost 30 pounds in 2001 while jailed for protesting the U.S. Navy bombing exercises on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and fasted nearly 40 days, he says.
Rev. Al Sharpton works out seven days each week. At the NBC Studios gym in New York, he uses a stationary bike.
“That isn’t a healthy way to lose weight, but I liked the way I looked,” he says.
Sharpton gained his weight back in the years thereafter, but then committed to taking it off for good.
Nearly six years later, he’s down to 176 pounds. “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. I used to need six or seven hours and now I need four or five and am much more mentally alert.”