Director, comedian, and comic book writer Kevin Smith has shared his weight loss transformation six months after suffering a “massive heart attack”. 

Smith had posted about the health scare to his Twitter in February writing his doctor had informed him he had a “100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka the Widow-Maker”. The 48-year-old had just performed at the Alex Theatre in Glendale California when he was rushed to hospital.

Six months on and Smith excitedly shared his weight loss news: “The doctor told me to lose 50 pounds, but I have a problem doing what I’m told. So I lost 51 pounds instead.” 

That’s about 23 kilograms.

Smith’s full journey, posted to his Instagram, shares how he underwent a complete lifestyle change to achieve the weight loss goal.

The comedian wrote:

“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!”

Smith went on to thank a whole bunch of people including the Weight Watchers team, his daughter Harley Quinn Smith, and all his fans.

“[Harley Quinn] 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!”

Back in May, the podcaster hopped on Stephen Colbert‘s The Late Show to talk about his hospital experience and to share how smoking weed quite literally saved his life.

No, really.

“I asked my doctor after this was all done, ‘did I have a heart attack because of the weed? Because I smoked a joint right before the show.’ And he goes ‘No, in fact, quite the opposite, that weed saved your life.’

Being exceptionally high meant Smith was able to stay relatively calm.

You can catch the full interview, below.

Image: Instagram / @thatKevinSmith