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Forest Whitaker Maintains Vegetarian Diet, Cuts Out Soy To Lose Weight

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We adore Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, and not just because of his amazing roles on The Shield and Criminal Minds, but because he’s also a proud and active vegetarian!

The 49-year-old has previously recorded PSA’s for PETA, and embarked on humanitarian efforts to aid Ugandan child soldiers; he’s half actor and half humanitarian, and we can dig that! Now Whitaker has taken a new and healthier approach to the veg lifestyle, by cutting out fatty treats like pizza, pasta and ice cream. Apparently, Whitaker had packed on 70 lbs to play Ugandan dictator Idi Amin for his Oscar winning role in The Last King of Scotland.

As a result, the actor needed to make some serious life changes in order to slim back down to a healthy weight. “I cut all the soy out and it changed everything,” Whitaker said. “I just wanted to take care of myself.”

The change is paying off, as the actor revealed he has lost almost all of the 70 lbs he had to put on for the role. And even cooler is that the veg lifestyle runs in the family, as Whitaker’s meat-free diet has rubbed off on his 25-year-old son, who is a proud vegan!

Has anyone else cut out fatty veg foods to lose weight?

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