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Dr Mehmet Yildiz
I Was Overweight When I Was Not Doing These Things
This is my story on how I shed 30 pounds of fat naturally when I focussed on health rather than weight loss. For many years I struggled with weight management. Losing fat was the hardest thing in my life. Many things I learned from textbooks during my school years conflicted with my body. I had to unlearn old knowledge and create my experience by listening to my body.
In this post, I want to share five areas required improvement for weight management. The biggest lessons learned was not making weight loss as the ultimate goal but to focus on health and fitness. Weight loss was a product of several healthy habits that I developed.
The first and most important area was my diet. I was on a diet which did not align with my genetic makeup. I was eating foods which created intolerance for my body. In my younger years, I did not know about them and adding fuel to the fire.
My body did not tolerate carbs and did not like fibre. Cutting carbs and removing fibre entirely through my elimination diet substantially impacted my health, fitness, and consequently in healthy fat loss. I say fat loss because I did not want to lose muscle and bones density.
Bloating caused a lot of water retention and digestive issue for me. I found two natural ways to resolve my digestive issues. The first one was to clean my guy from heavy metals and other harmful substance. To this end, the use of simple activated charcoal made a huge difference. I shared my experience in an article on News Break titled How I Trapped Toxins In My Gut And Stopped Bloating Naturally.
The second natural way was introducing gut-healing gelatin from bone broth. My diagnosis from naturopathy consultants was showing leaky gut syndrome. The main symptom of leaky gut for me was excessive allergies, food intolerance, constant bloating, high inflammation, mild arthritis, and skin disorders.
I used to take lots of anti-acid supplements that ruined my digestive health and probably causing me other health issues. My stomach needed more acid to digest food. I was stupidly reducing the acid to feel comfort. Drinking a few cups of bone broth made a considerable impact. I shared my experience in this article: I Fixed My Leaky Gut With 2 Powerful Hacks.
Heavy metals and toxins were not only in the gut but also in other parts of the body. To great rid of these toxins, I started taking dry sauna sessions regularly. After a few months, I noticed remarkable changes in my body. My skin got clearer and fluid retention considerably reduced. Here is an article about how I benefit from the dry sauna to remove toxins from my body and reduce inflammation.
Inflammation was a significant barrier for me to lose weight. It was not only causing water retention but also preventing me from exercising to my full capacity. The pain caused by inflammation was unbearable. Due to pain and not recovering quickly, I gave up weight lifting, resistance training, and high-intensity interval training. When I found ways to reduce inflammation, my fitness dramatically improved.
I used several methods to reduce inflammation. The most crucial factor in beating my chronic inflammation was going into ketosis. When my bloodstream showed around 1.5 nmol ketones, I noticed the reduction in chronic inflammation. When got checked, my CRP (C-reactive Protein), ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate and PV (Plasma Viscosity), these blood markers normalized. I shared my experience in this article. How I Defeated Chronic Inflammation, Released My Debilitating Pain, And Became An Athlete.
Related to inflammation, due to chronic pain and stress, my cortisol level was too high. Having a high cortisol level in the bloodstream prevented me from tapping into my abdominal fat. Even though I was losing fat from other ends with cardio, my belly fat was staying stubborn. I learned ways to reduce cortisol. I shared my experience with reducing elevated cortisol in this article. My Elevated Cortisol Was About To Destroy Me When I Knocked It With 5 Punches.
The last but not least contributor to my weight loss was my joyful exercises. I developed a bespoke exercise program aligning with my body type and age profile. I reduced long cardio sessions and replaced with short HIIT sessions. I gave more focus on resistance, callisthenics, and weight training. The best addition was using trampoline every day. Jumping on a trampoline not only increased my fitness but also removed toxins from my body easily and quickly.
After substantial weight loss, I ended up excessive loose skin in my abdominal area. I found effective ways to get rid of loose skin. I shared my experience in this article: How Did I Get Rid of Loose Skin After Weight Loss? The techniques I used for losing excessive skin also increased my fitness and health.
As a bonus, after 50 years of age, I observed definitions in my belly the first time in my life. This remarkable experience was validation for fitness being on track. I shared my experience in this article on News Break: How I Gained Six-Packs After 50 Years Old.
To summarize, my diet changes from glucose to fat as my energy source were the most critical one for weight loss. The difference in my diet reduced inflammation, removed toxins, and empowered me to do more effective workouts. With reduced stress, reduced inflammation, normalized cortisol, glucose, and insulin, I felt more lively and enjoyed every moment of my life. When physical, mental, and emotional health balance, the fat loss was a by-product.
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