My story with pics can be found here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/over-...#axzz3BheiIb00
I will just add a few key things I found on my journey to health. Insulin matters A LOT. Insulin is a master hormone. When present the body stores fat and walls it off. Many overweight and virtually every obese person is insulin resistant meaning their body needs to produce a lot to get rid of blood sugar. Virtually impossible to lose weight and especially body fat without getting a handle on insulin.
Being a sugar burner versus being fat adapted. I was a sugar burner. My body ran on carbs, and needed them constantly. They are transitory by nature. Gone quickly, my body needed more, hence constantly hungry. We were designed to be fat burners. Quite often humans would go without a meal. Here or there, sometimes a day or more. How many of us could now? It is not something I do often, but I can do it. More importantly I am a fat burner now. Lean, muscular. I lost weight, yes. A huge amount. But I gained muscle.
Epigenetics, the most hopeful word in the English language. You are your future. NOT your genes. Yes genes are important. I may have to keep my carbs under 50 grams a day to avoid diabetes, someone else maybe 150 grams. I might have a greater genetic potential for diabetes. Guess what? I stay under 50 I don't get it. The other person gets it even though they had less genetic potential for it.
Food is medicine and the most powerful on Earth. I'll boil it down: get toxics out of your body and nutrients in. That means no processed, packaged food for us at all. Whole foods will transform your life.
Going gluten free can, beyond words, transform your life. Wheat is no longer wheat. Not even going back just 50 years. It is a dwarf variety. Many people can no longer process it. With the rise of chemicals in food and antibiotics it leads to autoimmunity in many. I get it, central to many people. All I can say is go gluten free for 30 days. No changes? Great, go back. But it might save your life.