Hi, I’m Deniza, a 23 year-old medical student from Germany.
I’m currently working on my doctoral thesis in cardiology.
I dealt with back pain due to scoliosis and being underweight for a long time. Researching on sports and nutritional science and what I learned in medical school helped me to build a strong, pain-free body and gain healthy weight.
On my blog askdeniza.com I share my knowledge on fitness/nutrition/health.
My goal is to encourage you to commit your health and take action!
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A problem many people have, but that is not spoken enough about is living below their recommended weight.
Nowadays, the majority of fitness or nutritional guides focus on weight loss, which diet fits you best and how to lose fat. In addition to that, there are also many videos and ebooks on building muscle mostly geared towards bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts.
Also, on social media, you can find endless fitness or weight loss groups, forums where people support one another on their journey.
But what about the rest of us who have a different problem that has to be taken just as serious as obesity?
Having been underweight myself, I know that this is a completely different situation compared to being overweight.
When you meet someone you haven’t seen in a while, typically they comment first on your looks. In fact, it seems to me that people actually like if you have a couple of pounds to lose. Maybe they feel insecure about their own body, thus seeing you are not perfect is reassuring for them.
However, when I was underweight, I would always get comments like “Oh gosh, you used to be so pretty, now you look like a skeleton”, or “Have you lost weight intentionally?”, “Are you sick?”. These comments hurt me deeply and it is still hard to remember that time and write about it.
In this article, I would like to share my tips on how to gain healthy weight and build a healthy relationship with food and exercise. I will start by sharing my own story, to serve as an example.
When I was 18, my cousin, a general practitioner, examined me while I was visiting her. She discovered I had large stones in my gall bladder. This explained why I was having digestive issues, mainly reflux.
Two months after that, I noticed I felt bloated all the time and had painful stomach cramps. In addition to that, I lost weight.
At first, it was 2kg and I was actually quite happy about that, as it was winter and I had gained a few pounds. I noticed that whenever I ate foods containing fat, digestive complications would occur. So, I decided to reduce my fat intake. I kept losing weight and was at 55kg, when my cousin said I should not wait any longer and get the stones removed.
After surgery, the doctors told me my gall bladder was about to burst and it was the right decision to remove it completely. Continue reading