Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from Jersey Shore: Family Vacation shocked his family when he revealed his post-prison weight loss. According to Mike, his family barely recognized him nearly 40 pounds thinner.
In 2014, the Sorrentino brothers were indicted after their failure to pay taxes on 8.9 million dollars of income between the years of 2010 and 2012. In April of 2017, the brothers were additionally charged by the Department of Justice, and both Mike and his brother plead guilty and could have faced a maximum of 5 years behind bars. Mike was required to pay $123,913 in restitution and a fine for $10,000, which he did before starting his jail sentence, was locked away in the federal prison from January to September.
While in prison, Mike utilized his time to better himself mentally and physically. While locked up, Mike worked out two to three times every day, even on weekends and holidays. He lost a lot of the nearly 40 pounds through intermittent fasting - not eating for long periods of time during the day - 16 hours without food on weekdays and anywhere between 17 and 19 hours on the weekends. Mike revealed via People that his weight loss really shocked his family when he got out, saying, "Everyone was shocked when they first saw me." Though Mike was only locked up nine months, his family had a hard time recognizing the new and improved Situation. Mike continued, "They said I looked like it was 2009 again. They were practically crying when they saw me."
In the two months since his release from prison, Sorrentino has kept up his rigorous routine. Mike revealed that he goes to the gym five to six times a week and has continued to do intermittent fasting. Before he went to prison, Mike said he never thought he would be in tip-top shape again. He said, "I didn’t think that I was going to get my abs back this quickly, but it just goes to show you what diet, exercise, hard work and determination will get you." Mike revealed that his family and friends though that once he was out of prison he would go back to eating whatever he wanted again, but that wasn't the case. Mike explained that he was less interested in eating everything he could, and more interested in keeping the weight off after taking so much time and effort to lose it.
It seems that the ripped Mike that fans and his wife got used to will be here to stay. Hopefully, Mike's transformation will continue to inspire his fans and show that with dedication, time, and hard work - anything is possible. Fans will be able to see the slimmed-down Mike on the new season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation that will be airing early 2020.