Yuri Elkaim is a nutrition, fitness, and fat loss expert and the NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet. A former professional soccer player turned health crusader, he's most famous for helping people who've tried everything to lose weight and get in great shape, with little success, finally achieve breakthrough results. Yuri is on a mission to empower 10 million people to greater health by 2018 by making fit and healthy simple again.
At a young age, Yuri found his interest in health and fitness through playing sports. Traveling and competing at the highest level that he could, he went on to play professional soccer by the time he reached his early twenties.
“I never understood why people wouldn't want to be healthy and active. It’s such a great way of living.”
He was healthy and stereotypically “fit” looking on the outside, but it took him awhile to realize that his athletic-built body, was actually just a mask to what was going on internally. Yuri later found out he had Eczema, Asthma, digestive issues and extremely low energy levels, causing him to fall asleep in class and finding it hard to concentrate on important issues. Adding to his list of health issues, at the age of 17 Yuri began losing all of his hair due to an auto-immune disease known as Alopecia. He then knew something had to change about his lifestyle or the way he had been eating.
“I had been eating a lot of junk food. Not a lot of vegetables and not a lot of fruits.”
Although he was extremely knowledgable in the fitness aspect of health, since he had played sports his whole life both for fun and professionally and was also a personal trainer on the side, Yuri says he was quite clueless on the nutrition spectrum.
As soon as he changed his diet, he began to notice extreme changes. The Eczema and Asthma diminished and he started to grow all of his hair back.
“It was unbelievable. It was an eye-opening experience for me.”
Yuri’s drive to help millions of others has stemmed from his own health challenges. Enjoying the fact that he was helping people daily, as their personal trainer, he knew he wanted more from it. He wanted not to only help a handful, but millions at once which is why he turned to that internet for fast access to spreading his word, tips, diets and basic health knowledge.
A quick tip he shares with us today, is one I hope you all write down. “Getting rid of allergenic foods and adding a ton of plant-based foods to your diet,” is what Yuri found to do the trick.
“It doesn’t mean you have to be vegetarian or vegan,” he says, but adding mostly plant-based foods to anyones diet is the best thing you can do."
“There is no secret sauce. It’s not a magic pill you've never heard of before. It’s the same old boring stuff, but it’s the reality that it works.”