They must have been regular ol’ russets and not Japanese potatoes, because only Kevin Smith’s body looks different.
Last month, 47-year-old Kevin Smith suffered a massive heart attack due to a 100% blockage of his LAD artery (nicknamed The Widow-Maker). For a while, Kevin was known as a jorts-wearing, hockey jersey-wrapped human roly-poly who had trouble squeezing into airplane seats. But over the past couple of years, he tried to eat better, and soon enough he became a jorts-wearing, jersey-wrapped person with 85 fewer pounds on him. Despite losing so much weight, he still had heart problems, and thus ended up in the hospital. Kevin spoke about his post-heart attack diet on a recent episode of his podcast, Hollywood Babble-On (via Page Six), and he’s taking it really seriously.
Kevin says that after he left the hospital and started to recover, he decided to take diet advice from Penn Jillette’s book Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear. It’s a plant-based diet, the first two weeks of which are spent with only one plant: potatoes. Kevin says he lost 17 pounds in the first nine days.
“It’s a pretty intense program, but it’s been interesting. And of course necessary for my health and stuff. But once I get to a decent place, then I can think about eating again.”
Eating potatoes all day, every day for two weeks probably sounds like a dream to some and a living nightmare to others. I’ve been known to eat canned potatoes by choice, so I think you can guess what side I’m on.
Kevin says he has adopted a vegan diet, but he doesn’t want to call himself a vegan (he’s into “non-animal eater“). He adds that it’s not a philosophical or moral choice, but an “I have to” choice to make sure he remains alive, and that he’ll never go back to eating the way he did before. And it sounds like it’s working. I hope this catches on, because I’d love to see who would be the first celebrity desperate enough to pose with a potato on Instagram would be. Who am I kidding, it would be Lindsay Lohan, and she’d do it for the free potato.