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Earlier this year, Ecorazzi reported that (much to our surprise) Mike Tyson had changed his life in some pretty big ways, including going vegan. Well, the famous boxer continues to preach about his new lifestyle, and recently sat down with ESPN to share the secret to his 130 pound weight loss.

“I became a vegan,” says Tyson. “Vegan is where no animal products. No livestock products. Nothing. I just did a lot of training and try to become more faithful in life. I wanted a different life. I felt like I was dying. I had an incident in life where I lost my 4 year old daughter in a tragic accident at home. I don’t know. I didn’t want to live anymore. So I said, that in order to go there, I had to change my life. I am going to change everything I dislike about myself. I changed everything that I was as a human being. I started that journey in October or November. … I don’t smoke anymore. I wanted to give up everything. I had to change my life. I didn’t have a problem with drugs or nothing. I had a problem with thinking. My thinking was broken. That was the solution of my broken thinking using drugs and living crazy. It was just the way I was thinking.”

Tyson has been vegan for almost a year, and, of course, we’re excited that’s he’s loving the lean, green diet. Do you have an amazing vegan weight loss story? Comment below and share it with us!

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  • Jackie

    I did not adopt a vegan lifestyle to lose weight. However, I did lose 25 pounds, I went from 190 to 165. I have never been able to lose any amount of weight. I am a very athletic person and no amount of exercise seemed to change my weight. I have benifited from a vegan lifestyle.

    • heyjo

      Great you lost 25 pounds of muscle…:

  • http://trehops.com Tracey

    This is great! I love hearing about people’s vegan success stories. Since becoming vegan six months ago, I have never felt better. My weight is stable and healthy and I’ve been told my skin glows :)

  • anthony przybylo

    Really now some aren’t happy cause he didn’t say he is doing it for the Animals… Seriously Meg. Its vegans like you that are no help at All for the Cause. Shame,sad and selfish … Tyson good for you for whatever reason you did it for. Broken thinking, that’s All of Us. Rt Meg.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/skippohippo Maxx

    Hey VEGAN sistahs and brothas
    *WARM HUGS*
    aside from the physical benefits are the SPIRITUAL benefits
    KARMA payback ensures no meat-eater goes unpunished – they will feel EXACTLY the same PAIN as the Animals – either in this life and DEFINITELY after death
    only 2 ways for simple people to think – either there is NO GOD and this is just “how it is” or there IS A GOD and punishment and pain will be paid back to the offenders in full
    KRSNA GITA

  • Duane

    This is a bunch of crap…
    The most Tyson ever weighed for a fight was 230 at a height of 5’9″.
    His best fighting weight was about 215…
    He held that 230 weight okay…(he did claim at one point he was on steroids, I can’t blame him though with that much heavyweight fight money on the line).
    he claims to have lost 130 pounds…
    So he now weighs 100 pounds?

    I really don’t believe Tyson is a vegan…
    He’s too stupid (not that the vegan crap is smart to begin with…).

    Incidentally…
    There are PLENTY of FAT SLOB vegan and vegetarians around.

    WHEN WILL DUMMIES GET IT IN THEIR HEADS THAT CARBOHYDRATES MAKE YOU FAT… NOT PROTEIN AND FAT

    • Elle

      Duane,

      Anthing can make you fat if you eat enough of it. Nothing makes you fat if you eat it in moderation.

    • tysonFTW

      yes carbs do make you fat, going on a low carb, high protein, and high fat diet will cause your body to burn the fat instead of carbs,

      but he doesnt weight 100, from his fighting days he got really out of shape and fat, than he became vegan and lost a bunch of weight, hes closer to 180-200 pounds in the recent picture

      went from 215ish to 310ish and back down to 190ish

    • http://www.beyourpotential.net Matthew Armstrong

      Duane, you are speaking out of ignorance and a need to defend your beliefs. Mike Tyson Ballooned up to over 300 pounds. You can find pictures of him on the web where he looks round!
      There are plenty of over weight vegetarians but very few over weight vegans. Do your due diligence and you will see that you are incorrect in your statements.
      Best,
      Matthew

    • Seantes

      He would routinely blow up to 260+ range between fights during his first decline (1990-91). Then, he did fight as high as 238-239 at the tail end of his career, thinking he needed the weight for additional power and to avoid getting bullied around in the ring by the 250+ heavies.

      Based on all this, I could see him walking around in the 280 range after full retirement and I guess I could buy that he is 150 in the photos I saw.

    • Glen

      Duane you are wrong. Excess calories make you fat. Simple as that. Doesn’t matter whether they’re carbs, fat or protein. Are you consuming more calories than you are burning off? Yes, just eating protein may seem to help you lose weight but that’s just because you are eating less calories. There won’t be any other reason. The low carb diet stuff is nonsense when you look at the facts.

      Go read someone like Anthony Colpo. He provides a great education. Cuts out all the BS.

      Thanks,

      Glen.

    • Frank

      Grow up. You don’t know what you are talking about. Get informed I lost 98lbs by going vegan and working out at the gym. Best of all I reversed my diabetes and high blood pressure issues in the process.
      The USDA creates its food pyramid with an “independent” panel of 11 outside “experts” 9 of whom have direct ties to the meat, diary and egg and poultry industries. No independence there. Likewise for the medical profession and the American
      Diabetes Association, both of whom are bought and paid for by
      the pharmaceutical industry and the food industry. A plant
      based diet is high alkalai and high fibre in nature that
      helps fight heart disease and makes it vitually impossible
      for cancers to take hold. and I could go on. Now why isn’t
      this widely known. Why isn’t the government, facing an
      expanding deficit over health insurance costs, sounding the
      herald trumpets for a vegan diets? Look no further than
      the political clout of doctor, drug makers and the food industry. Only individuals taking charge of their own lives
      can change this.

  • Marcus

    tonight i ate a vegan meal. rice/gravy/green beans/corn bananas/strawberries/vanilla pudding. not too bad. quite filling. doubt it will help my blood sugars or weight. but not something that once in a while couldn’t hurt.

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  • http://www.examiner.com/healthy-living-in-charlotte/pat-anthony Pat Anthony Charlotte Healthy Living Examiner

    I am happy for Mike Tyson and others who learn that a vegan life is best for them. Many find they are happier and healthier living vegan.

  • Frank

    Duane, he didn’t lose 130 pounds from his fighting weight of 230 lbs. Haven’t you seen him the last few years? He let himself go and was easily pushing the 300+ lbs weight limit my friend.

    http://beatsboxingmayhem.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/fat-mike-tyson.jpg

    http://www.celebridoodle.com/.a/6a00e5536b2ba9883301053685a8d2970c-500wi

    http://media.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/190494/80460762.jpg

  • Johnny

    People like Duane crack me up. You couldn’t be more ignorant than that. In my experience, vegetarians and vegans are generally thinner, and look more healthy, than meat-eaters. The fat slobs Duane refers to, well those are usually people who have a diet rich in meat. Have another hamburger, Duane. You need it! lol…

    • Renato

      It’s not about whether one is vegan or not that makes one healthy.
      It’s how you eat.
      Mike wasnt fat becaus he ate meat.
      He just ate (and maybe drank?) too much.And perhaps unhealthy stuff too.

      Roman Gladiators were fat also.
      They were mainly vegetarians.They were on a barley ,beans and fruit diet.
      They were called barley men.

      So let’s stop acting being vegan is “Der Übermensch diet”.
      Cause I have seen too much arrogance in the vegan community.
      Based on crap arguments.
      Yes vegetarian diets are good for heart en arteries.
      But if you eat a little meat 3 or 4 times a week isn’t going to hurt your health.(if it is for the animals then just do it)
      I even read that a German research showed that the people eating little meat were better off than vegans and vegetarians.

  • http://www.TheTooncesProect.com Stefani

    At a time when people are fawning all over the sociopath Vick because he can play ball, it is good to be reminded that there are athletes who have shown that they are sincere about improving themselves as human beings. Everything I’ve seen of Mike Tyson in the last couple of years has earned my respect. It takes a lot to look inside and make these kinds of major changes. In Vick’s case, he is PRETENDING to be sorry for money. In Tyson’s case, these changes have nothing to do with money and everything to do with sincere introspection as far as I can see. The Old Mike Tyson did some pretty horrible things, but I believe this new Mike Tyson is for real. And I really respect him.

  • Antonio

    I love meat…but I have to give credit to the vegan guys…Everytime I go vegan i drop 20 pounds without exercise…watching t.v. Incrible!!!