Kevin Smith is continuing to get healthier and leaner following his massive heart attack in late February, but the outspoken filmmaker admits that some days are harder than others when it comes to eating right.
The 47-year-old “Clerks” director took to Instagram on Wednesday to share side-by-side snapshots of what he looked like in October 2008, juxtaposed next to his now slimmer countenance.
“Same dude, different day. Pic on the left, is from nearly 10 years ago, at ‘Zack & Miri’ premiere. Pic on the right is minutes ago,” Smith wrote.
Currently, the acclaimed indie director is in Manhattan, which he says is “legendary for its amazing variety of food and eating options” and calls it a “land of food, glorious food.” However, because he’s on a diet, he can’t have any of it — and he’s actually managed to stick with it.
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Same dude, different day. Pic on the left, is from nearly 10 years ago, at Zack & Miri premiere. Pic on the right is minutes ago. I was in Manhattan yesterday – a city that’s legendary for it’s amazing variety of food and eating options, where you could dine out here every night your entire life and never have to eat at the same restaurant twice. It’s a land of food glorious food… but I’m on a diet. So even though they served what looked like an amazing buttercream cake at the @amc_tv event I went to last night, I didn’t indulge. And next time I gotta stare down a meal the old me would’ve inhaled, I’ll look at these two images of me out on control and me under control. It’ll help keep the cake on the plate instead of in my maw. #KevinSmith #FitterButBitter #diet
“So even though they served what looked like an amazing buttercream cake at the @amc_tv event I went to last night, I didn’t indulge,” Smith shared. “And next time I gotta stare down a meal the old me would’ve inhaled, I’ll look at these two images of me out on control and me under control. It’ll help keep the cake on the plate instead of in my maw.”
Earlier this month, Smith shared another post promoting the release of “the comedy special I was shooting… the night I almost died of a heart attack,” and his impressive weight loss is even more apparent in a wider shot.
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Remember the comedy special I was shooting with @comedydynamics the night I almost died of a heart attack? Well I’m proud to announce @showtime picked it up and it airs MAY 11! You’ll be able to watch the show while looking for signs that I’m gonna be in an operating room one hour later! Here’s the official press release: ———————————————————————SHOWTIME® PRESENTS KEVIN SMITH: SILENT, BUT DEADLY ON FRIDAY, MAY 11 AT 9 PM ET/PT Stand-Up Special From Veteran Comedian Taped On Night Of His Post-Show Heart Attack Photo credit: @allanamato LOS ANGELES – April 9, 2018 – On February 25, veteran comic Kevin Smith took the stage at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA to perform the first of two planned stand-up shows. But right after the first show ended, he suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Smith cheated death, and so the special shot that fateful evening, KEVIN SMITH: SILENT, BUT DEADLY, will make its world premiere Friday, May 11 at 9 p.m. on SHOWTIME. In this hilarious set, Smith riffs on marriage, fatherhood, friends and his work (or lack thereof). Though unaware of Smith’s condition then, both he and the audience would later learn that Smith had suffered a massive heart attack caused by a 100 percent blockage of the artery known as “the widow-maker.” Lucky and happy to be alive, the award-winning comedian/filmmaker/writer/actor/podcaster now brings this death-defying special to his multitude of fans. #KevinSmith #showtime #comedy
Smith was rushed to the hospital on the night of Feb. 25 while filming a stand-up comedy special in Glendale, California, and underwent surgery to clear a massive blockage of his left anterior descending artery, which could have easily killed him if not for emergency surgery.
When Smith suffered the heart attack, he’d already lost 80-90 pounds over the last seven years, but he said in a Facebook Live video, posted the day after his surgery, that his doctors told him that years of obesity had already done significant damage.
Since returning home, Smith has been very candid about his weight-loss efforts and steadfast determination to get fit. Smith gave fans a health update in early April, where he revealed that he’d already managed to shed 30 pounds in just under a month through healthy, smarter eating.
Check out the video below for more on Smith’s impressive weight-loss journey over the last few years.
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