Smith credits his weight loss to "a total lifestyle change." 

By Samantha Lauriello
Updated August 27, 2018

Just six months ago, Kevin Smith was in the hospital recovering from a serious heart attack that nearly killed him. Now he’s 51 pounds lighter—and determined to never experience a potentially deadly health emergency again.

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“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!” Smith wrote on Instagram, explaining that he relied on Weight Watchers to lose one pound more than his doctor suggested.

The actor, comedian, and director shared two recent photos of himself as well as screenshots that compare his blood pressure, heart rate, and weight following his heart attack vs. now. 

Smith made the right move after his heart attack. The kind he suffered is nicknamed a "widowmaker" because it's characterized by a 100% blockage of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery. This artery is the largest of the three arteries that bring blood to the heart, and a complete blockage there due to plaque is usually deadly. 

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While artery blockage builds up over time, a widowmaker heart attack comes on quickly. Lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, and smoking contribute to a person’s heart attack odds, but genetics also play a role and can put an otherwise healthy person at risk.

The road to recovery following a widowmaker heart attack is long, and Smith explained his isn’t over. “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!”

He went on to thank his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, who’s a vegan, for helping him say so long to meat and dairy. “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).”

Above all, Smith said that words of encouragement from his family, friends, and fans were what really motivated him to make these healthy changes. “Never underestimate the power of positive feedback,” he wrote. “An encouraging word can really make a difference in someone’s life and your compliments kept me going! And just look where I went!”