The big 40 is a huge milestone for most people – Dan was no exception.
He had been overweight his entire adult life, and at 40, he felt it was now or never to get in shape.
He was determined to change and started dipping his toe into the world of fitness right after his birthday.
It took him a year to grow tired of ineffective programmes and start looking for something more professional. His search brought him to Ultimate Performance Hong Kong.
“My goal has always been weight loss, and I’m very happy with where I have gotten to. Strengthening my body and muscle development has been an added bonus.”
Dan started U.P. weighing 116kg and managed to lose 38kg in just 22 weeks.
His body fat, which was at an unhealthy high of 32%, also came down to 15%.
And it all started when U.P.’s results caught his eye on social media.
A quick search left him impressed with the testimonials and reviews, and he booked an appointment.
“Part of the problem was that I didn’t realise how bad a state my body was in.
“Of course, when I was going out or was on holiday I didn’t feel comfortable the way I was. But I didn’t feel particularly depressed or negative about my situation, but looking back now on how far I’ve come I know I never want to go back to how I was at the start.”
While the food was a big part of the problem for Dan, being overweight for decades had kept his activity levels low – he had never really exercised and the first few weeks of U.P. training was tough for him.
“Having a desk job, I was not so active during the day and did not exercise regularly.
“Food-wise, for breakfast and lunch during the week, I would eat whatever I could find conveniently in the shopping mall by the office.
“At the weekend, I ate out a lot (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and didn’t really limit myself.”
The shift was dramatic – but it was exactly what he needed to lose the weight and get healthy again.
Building the healthy habits into his lifestyle soon felt like second nature.
“At first, the change is tough. It was difficult to maintain my social life because you place a lot of restrictions on yourself. However, over time, I found a way to manage this and strike a good balance in my lifestyle.
“I now know that I can have a complete lifestyle change and be comfortable with it. U.P. brings me structure; it brings me a plan and rules to follow. It’s a very simple approach, at the same time it’s tough, and you have to be self-motivated.
“There is no magic wand to cast a spell to make you slim; you have to be dedicated and follow the advice your trainer gives you.”
Once he managed to integrate the U.P. structure in his daily life, it didn’t take long for Dan to feel better and see huge results.
“Structuring my lifestyle was the most important thing. Thinking about what I eat and not overconsuming has been crucial. Getting set targets and having a regular routine of gym sessions are fundamental too.”
Seeing and feeling the fruits of his labour in the gym are what kept him motivated along the journey and helped him lose the weight.
“For me, the mental benefits started a lot earlier than the physical changes – cutting out alcohol, being able to sleep better, and being more alert at work has been great!
“In the gym, I can see a drastic improvement in my fitness.
“Living in Hong Kong, where it is warm most of the year, is a struggle when you are overweight. I have started seeing a big difference in how I cope with the heat. Also being able to shop properly for clothes and feeling good in what I wear is great. And my wife is very happy that I finally stopped snoring!”
Dan feels like a new man in every sense of the word from the one who turned 40 feeling tired and out of shape.
He truly feels there is no going back to his bad old ways now with the tools and knowledge to move forward.
“I’ve had a complete mindset change on eating and exercise. I now know what works for me in terms of losing and maintaining weight, and I feel I can completely embed this in my lifestyle going forward.”
“If like me, you need structure and to be pushed, then U.P. is a good option to choose.
“The trainers are highly skilled and knowledgeable. Go see the set-up, chat with the trainers, and they’ll tell you exactly what you need to do. From there on, you just need to follow the plan.”
Dan needed the accountability of his expert trainer to finally get the results he had strived for – Start your own transformation by arranging a consultation at U.P. now.
- We show you the best, we don't show you the worst.
- We show you people who follow the plans, not those who are all talk.
- We show you those who inspire even us with their commitment to their results.
- You cannot get results exactly like these. You are unique and that means you can only get your own best possible results.
- Your results are a function of time spent following the plan; your genetic response to the right exercise and diet program; how hard you train; how consistently you come to the gym; how disciplined you are with your diet; & your starting point.
- Oftentimes the lower your starting point (poor fitness, terrible body composition) the better your results.
- We cannot do the work for you and the results you see here are a testament to the work ethic of our clients.
- Our reputation is that we are the best trainers in the world for helping you to unlock your potential, & we can lead you to the door, give you the key, even turn the handle and push the door open, but we cannot walk through it for you. In the end the result is down to you.