In 1994, Steve Shaw left the US Army in the best shape of his life. At 5'10 ", Shaw was a 172 pound muscle. But civilian life quickly got the best of him. With a decrease in activity, combined with a fondness for quick food and processed foods, he quickly grabbed the pounds. By 2012, Shaw weighed 346 pounds. But strangely enough, this fast food also saved his life. Here's how a slice of Pizza Shaw helped make a 100-pound weight loss transformation, giving it a whole new perspective.
"Slowly, somewhere between 2006 and 2007, the symptoms of type 2 diabetes showed up," Shaw Men's Health reported about his health downwards tendency. "My blood sugar was not right, and I always had sweats, dizziness, headaches, and sometimes I even felt like vomiting."
"I also showed severe signs of sleep apnea," he explained. "Small tasks, like tying my shoes or even cleaning after the bath, were extremely challenging."
At this point, his belly was "huge" and he grew a big beard to help him "hide." from the world. "
For the last few months of the unhealthy period of his life, Shaw said he regularly consumed 6,000 calories a day in the form of ice cream, chips, nocturnal ramen noodles, and more.
But this food also helped change him In fact, his "light bulb health moment" came when he was sitting in a booth at a pizza buffet.
"It was a cold Saturday afternoon, I promised my two young daughters a fun family day filled with pizza and a movie." Shaw said, "After a lot of the pizza, it was time for me to pay the bill. But there was a problem. The second one I moved had captured every muscle group in my body. "
Shaw experienced Charley horses from head to toe. It took him 15 minutes to get to the counter. He pushed his girls through the movies, but things were getting worse there.
"I could not get up during the two-hour movie. Muscle cramps left me hanging from my chair. I had to hold my bladder and wait patiently, "he said. When the movie ended, he almost called 9-1-1.
That night, he discussed the event with a friend who warned him, "You probably have type 2 diabetes fatty liver. Your liver does not work minerals properly, and they do not get into your muscles. Shaw said his friend ended the conversation by saying, "The heart is a muscle. You understand that, right? "
At that moment, Shaw knew it was either a change or a heart attack.
So he woke up the next day and immediately changed his eating habits. No more processed foods, canned or fast food.
"I have dumped all white poisons . ; I even have healthy carbohydrates. My diet strictly focused on meat, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, "Shaw said, all he ate was a single ingredient.
But what Shaw did not do. He counted the calories, instead focusing on his diet He then combined his new nutritional routine with Resistance Training and the daily run on the treadmill.
W In the weeks his trousers were loose and his cramps were completely gone.
"After four months and without counting a single calorie, my weight fell into the 270s, I ate healthy, ate a lot of vegetables and tried every healthy, low carbohydrate recipe I can find on the internet, "he said.