By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Former Egypt and Tottenham forward Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid ‘Mido’ hung up his playing boots in 2013. Like most other players, it was not an easy transition for the now 37-year-old.
Mido failed to control himself and reached an unhealthy weight of 150kg and was warned by doctors that he could die before the age of 40 if he did nothing about his overweight.
“I was 150kg, and I reached a point where I couldn’t walk 30 yards,” the former Ajax and Marseille forward told The Guardian in an interview in 2018.
“If I did, I started to feel pain in my back, my joints and my knees.”
The former Roma and Middlesbrough forward has now lost 37kg in the last five months and is back to shape. He shared photos of himself on social media that show that he is now doing great.
He also shared photos of himself working out on his social media accounts, showing how he got back to his current shape.
The 37-year-old’s story will serve as an eye opener to many others who are in a similar predicament.
“I remember I was getting off my boat in Egypt five months ago – this day is the turning point in my life – and I was walking off to an Island,” Mido added.
“I had three friends with me and it was 300 yards to the end of the Island. The sand was a bit heavy and it was a bit sunny and I said to them: ‘I can’t walk’. I had to sit for 30. I was only 34.
“That was the moment that the switch flicked. Two days later I saw the Doctor. He told me to do blood test. When I had the result and the Doctor started to talk to me, I knew had to change.
“He told me that my cholesterol is 320 and that the top of the average is 200. He said I was at the edge of being diabetic.
“And, to be honest, the doctor said if I continued with my lifestyle, there is a more than 80% chance that I’ll die before I am 40. He told me: ‘You will die’.”
The former Pharaoh’s striker then decided to exercise more and control his feeding habits.
“I’ve totally controlled my lifestyle. I don’t eat any bad carbs. I don’t eat anything fried at all. And I don’t eat any red meat. I have no salt or sugar.
“I do general training – swimming, playing squash, playing football, some easy weightlifting. But I am putting it in percentage, it’s 70% what you eat and 30% workouts.
“If you have to lose weight, it’s what you put in your mouth.”
Mido scored 20 goals in 51 caps for Egypt between 2001 and 2009. He won the African Cup of Nations in 2006 and won two Dutch Eredivisie titles amongst others.
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