It’s not always easy for footballers when they retire from football but former Tottenham Hotspur striker Mido found it particularly difficult.
The Egyptian’s weight ballooned after he hung up his boots in 2013 and he was warned by doctors that he would die before he turned 40 if he didn’t change his ways.
Mido reached a weight of 150kg (23st 6lbs) when he was given the wake-up call he needed.
“I was 150kg and I reached a point where I couldn’t walk 30 yards,” Mido told The Guardian in a 2018 interview. “If I did, I started to feel pain in my back, my joints and my knees.
Mido shed 37kg in five months and got his life back on track.
And the 37-year-old now looks in great shape, as photos on his social media accounts show.
Mido has shared several clip of himself lifting weights alongside photos of his toned physique.
It’s a mightily impressive transformation that will serve as inspiration to many out there.
Mido was in such a bad way that he was warned by a doctor that he might not even get to celebrate his 40th birthday.
“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 on to an island,” he 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 cannot walk.’ I had to sit for 30 minutes. I was only 34.
“That was the moment the switch flicked. Two days later I saw the doctor. He asked me to do blood tests. When I had the results and the doctor started to talk to me, I knew I had to change.
“He told me that my cholesterol is 320 and that the top of the average is 200. He said I was on the edge of being diabetic.
“And, to be honest, the doctor told me that if I continue with my lifestyle, there is a more than an 80% chance that I’ll die before I am 40. He told me: ‘You will die.’”
Mido, who also played for Marseille and Middlesbrough, set about changing his eating habits and exercising more.
“I’ve totally transformed 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 if I’m putting it in a percentage, it’s 70% what you eat and 30% workouts.
“If you want to lose weight, it’s what you put in your mouth.”