A London businesswoman who had struggled with her weight her entire life has achieved an incredible transformation with Ultimate Performance.
Filiz had suffered chronic back pain for years and was unable to exercise or run, and had almost given up trying to lose weight.
But UP’s world-class personal trainers helped design a programme which meant she could train pain-free – and the results were astonishing.
In just 24 weeks, Filiz managed to shed 30kg (4st 7lbs) and cut her body fat in half – something she thought was previously impossible.
“I achieved a lot. My back pain is literally gone, she says. “There’s nothing there anymore. I’ve lost 30kg, which I thought I would never achieve.”
“When I see my family, which I haven’t seen for a long time, or friends, everyone’s always like ‘how did you do it? You look so much better’. I feel so much better; I feel healthier; I feel fitter; I don’t get out of breath easily anymore.”
Her UP personal trainer Harry crafted a basic but individualised training programme that took her limitations into account, and got her exercising without pain so that she could lose weight effectively.
Filiz was also able to revolutionise her diet with UP’s expert nutrition guidance – and it’s something she has learned a great deal about with UP.
Before she was eating things like bread, cheese and ham for breakfast; shop-bought sandwiches and chocolate for lunch, and things like macaroni and cheese or spaghetti bolognese for her evening meal.
During her programme she switched to eating higher protein meals with lots of vegetables and healthy fats. Her breakfast consisted of things like scrambled eggs and spinach; lunch was meals like chicken and stir fry vegetables; her evening meal would be more lean protein, while she snacked on Greek yoghurt, berries and nuts.
It all added up to really impressive results for Filiz over her 24-week programme – and she was thrilled with the outcome.
“I know now that I can achieve what I have achieved,” she says. “I want to achieve even more.
“I will highly recommend other people to go to UP. My experience has been amazing and UP will be a part of my life for a very long time.”
What inspired you to sign up to Personal Training with UP?
My brother was at UP in Singapore and he had an amazing transformation and he has been talking about UP the entire time he’s been there, I think he’s been there two years, and still is.
I’ve been overweight the entire time. I’ve had back problems and everything. Then it came together and my brother was saying ‘go to UP. Go to UP.’ But I went to Germany and there was no UP. Then I went to the Netherlands and there was no UP (UP Amsterdam is now open), so then when I came to London to do my studies, I thought ‘I think it’s time.’
I finished my studies and thought ‘it’s now or never.’ Otherwise I’m never going to start and I could leave London again.
What do you think you’ve achieved with UP?
I achieved a lot. My back pain is literally gone. There’s nothing there anymore. I’ve lost 30kg, which I thought I would never achieve.
When I see my family, which I haven’t seen for a long time, or friends, everyone’s always like ‘how did you do it? You look so much better’. I feel so much better; I feel healthier; I feel fitter; I don’t get out of breath easily anymore. I can just literally keep up with my friends when we actually have to walk somewhere fast. Or like quickly run for the tube or bus. It’s just really nice to feel like that.
I know now that I can achieve what I have achieved. I want to achieve even more. I want to climb Mount Roy in New Zealand.
What have you learned since training with UP?
I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and about what I can eat. For example, on the refeed day, which I started a couple of months ago, I thought ‘Oh my God! 100g of carbs, that’s like so much! I’m going to gain like 2kg’ because that’s what I used to do.
But I had a lasagne and when people see me eat they don’t think I’m on a diet. So I actually learned that it’s good to actually eat things – just eat the right things, but I don’t feel like I’ve been on a diet.
Thinking ‘I can’t eat after 4pm’ or things I did earlier. Or eat at 9pm or 10pm in the evening, like have a yoghurt. Before, I would be like ‘oh my god. I can’t touch that at 9pm in the evening, it just goes to your body.’
And I’ve learned that I can really push myself. Pain is only there for a short while. What I have achieved is amazing to me.
What’s next for you?
I want to lose another 10kg. I’m going to do that until April. But if I don’t do the 10kg by April, I’m not going to think ‘oh my god I didn’t achieve it’. But just small steps. From there in.