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Super fit sports scientist shares his 15 year body transformation after diabetes diagnosis

A leading sports scientist has shared an incredible photo of his body transformation that was 15 years in the making after he went vegan and was diagnosed with diabetes.

Drew Harrisberg, who lives in Sydney, took to Instagram to reveal what his physique looked like as a “skinny teenager” and now an adult who can handle a lifelong illness.

“I strongly believe that if I had not been diagnosed with diabetes I would not have achieved my current physique, because there is no better daily motivator than having to master a 24/7 fitness,” he said.

“It’s no secret that long-term consistency and adherence are far more effective than any program or supplement.”

Drew Harrisberg, who lives in Sydney, took to Instagram to reveal what his physique looked like as a 'skinny teenager' and now an adult who has a lifelong illness

Drew Harrisberg, who lives in Sydney, took to Instagram to reveal what his physique looked like as a ‘skinny teenager’ and now an adult who has a lifelong illness

Drew recalled a time when a man in his gym locker room praised him for his wrinkled abs and attributed it to “lots of water.”

“On the hierarchy of what makes an aesthetic physique, drinking a lot of water barely ranks,” Drew said.

“If it were that easy, everyone would have their dream body. Of course, being hydrated is very important, but it won’t build muscle or burn body fat.’

The advice Drew gave his fellow exerciser was not to expect much to change in “15 weeks” and give time to healthy exercise to become your life.

The advice Drew gave his fellow exerciser was not to expect much to change in '15 weeks' and give time for healthy exercise to become your life

The advice Drew gave his fellow exerciser was not to expect much to change in '15 weeks' and give time for healthy exercise to become your life

The advice Drew gave his fellow exerciser was not to expect much to change in ’15 weeks’ and give time for healthy exercise to become your life

“He didn’t like that advice very much. He wanted to hear “drink two liters of water a day”. It got me thinking how people are afraid to go to work. They look for the path of least resistance, such as a biohack or a pill,’ says the scientist.

“There’s a pill. It is hard to swallow at first and can taste a bit bitter. But over time it gets easier and tastes delicious. EXCERCISE.’

Drew said when he first went on a plant-based diet, all he experienced was bloating — to the extent that he looked “pregnant” for the first few months after finishing meals.

But now, after four years of sticking to his plant-based approach, Drew is slimmer and more toned than ever.

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1660020941 629 Super fit sports scientist shares his 15 year body transformation

Drew said when he first went on a plant-based diet, all he experienced was bloating — to the extent that he looked “pregnant” after meals for the first few months.

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1660020941 770 Super fit sports scientist shares his 15 year body transformation

Drew said he felt the bloating was “exaggerated” in his case as he went straight from a high-fat keto diet to an all-vegetable diet (now pictured after going plant-based)

About when he was bloated, Drew went on to write: Instagram: ‘I’ve never experienced anything like this’.

‘Why did I look like that? There is some evidence that vegans and carnists (meat eaters) have remarkably different microbiomes (bacterial gut flora).

“When I switched, my microbiome wasn’t equipped to handle the rapid influx of fiber-rich foods, but was rather prepared to digest animal foods.”

Drew said he felt the bloating was “exaggerated” in his case, as he immediately switched from a high-fat keto diet to an all-vegetable diet.

He also introduced foods he hadn’t eaten in eight years while on a strict Paleo diet, including grains and legumes.

While Drew said he eventually saw results from switching to plant-based, he acknowledged that it takes time to adjust the microbiome (now pictured)

While Drew said he eventually saw results from switching to plant-based, he acknowledged that it takes time to adjust the microbiome (now pictured)

While Drew said he eventually saw results from switching to plant-based, he acknowledged that it takes time to adjust the microbiome (now pictured)

Drew said he eventually saw results from switching to plant-based, but he acknowledged that it takes time for the microbiome to adapt to the amount of prebiotic fiber you feed it.

This way, you should avoid giving up too soon — and keep eating fiber until you can manage without “discomfort or GI symptoms.”

“It’s amazing how the body adapts,” he explained.

Now Drew is slimmer than he’s ever been — and credits his plant-based approach to its success.

Drew (pictured) credits his plant-based approach for what his body looks like now — saying his advice is to slowly introduce new foods at a time and eat small meals slowly and more regularly.

Drew (pictured) credits his plant-based approach for what his body looks like now — saying his advice is to slowly introduce new foods at a time and eat small meals slowly and more regularly.

Drew (pictured) credits his plant-based approach for what his body looks like now — saying his advice is to slowly introduce new foods at a time and eat small meals slowly and more regularly.

Speaking of his tips for others who want to try a new eating plan and are concerned about feeling bloated at first, Drew said it’s all about taking a slow and steady approach.

“Don’t eat until you feel way too full,” he explained.

“Instead, eat until you’re about 85 percent full so your digestive system can function properly.”

Drew also recommends eating smaller and more regular meals until your gut can tolerate all the fiber.

“Introduce new foods slowly one at a time and be patient,” he explained.

“Just because you have symptoms now doesn’t mean you’ll have them forever.”

What is Drew’s typical day on a plate?

Breakfast: Avocado on toast (pumpkin and turmeric bread) with a salad of leafy vegetables, balsamic vinegar, pumpkin, chickpeas, tempeh and nutritional yeast flakes

Lunch: A buddha bowl containing a grain, a non-starchy vegetable such as broccoli, a protein source, a starchy vegetable, a dash of nutritional yeast, and dark leafy greens

After training: A smoothie bowl made from frozen fruit, almond milk, vegetable protein powder, hemp seed, chia seed, linseed meal, walnuts or mixed nuts/granola

Dinner: Another buddha bowl or in winter a homemade curry served with quinoa or wild rice

Snacks: Fresh fruit, mixed nuts or date bombs (a pitted Medjool date filled with a teaspoon of peanut butter and a square of dark chocolate)

Speaking to FEMAIL earlier, Drew shared the five dietary mistakes Australians regularly make - including eating too much protein, too little fiber and not eating enough plant-based foods.

Speaking to FEMAIL earlier, Drew shared the five dietary mistakes Australians regularly make - including eating too much protein, too little fiber and not eating enough plant-based foods.

Speaking to FEMAIL earlier, Drew shared the five dietary mistakes Australians regularly make – including eating too much protein, too little fiber and not eating enough plant-based foods.

Speaking to FEMAIL earlier, Drew shared the five dietary mistakes Australians regularly make — and how they contribute to people not reaching their fitness goals.

A popular nutritional trend within the fitness/bodybuilding community is ‘if it fits your macros’ (IIFYM) or flexible diets.

“The general premise of IIFYM is that as long as you reach a calorie deficit (burn more calories than you store) and reach your target macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat), you can achieve fat loss and get in good physical shape, regardless of the foods you eat. you eat,” Drew told FEMAIL.

“Sure, it can get you stage-ready for a bodybuilding show, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy — it’s a reductionist approach that focuses on food quantity rather than food quality.”

Drew also said it’s a bad idea to eat too much animal food.

“Disconcertingly, processed meat is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Group 1 carcinogen (known to cause cancer) and falls in the same group as asbestos and smoking,” Drew said.

“Just because you can lose weight by eating bacon, eggs, coconut oil, cheese and butter doesn’t mean it’s healthy in the long run. We’ve lost track of longevity and health span due to the desire for six-pack abs.’

Drew also advises against eating too little fiber, too much protein and too few plant foods.

“A mostly whole plant-based diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds is high in fiber, water, micronutrients and antioxidants, and happens to be a very satiating way of eating,” Drew said.

“I’m not saying everyone should be 100 percent plant-based, but a mostly plant-based diet is a good option.

“By shifting the balance from majority animals to mostly plants (80:20 or even 90:10), you would eat in a way that matches the longest-lived populations in human history, known as the blue zones.”

According to Drew, people in the “blue zones” live longer than any other population around the world and have the least number of chronic diseases.

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