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Why Now is the Time to Invest in Your Health

Whatever your reason, now is the time to make positive health choices!

Around the world, 1.6 billion people are now overweight – and 1 in 3 of those are classed as obese. Millions of individuals are blighted by chronic disease, poor health, depression and cognitive decline…ultimately putting them at risk of premature death.

We’ve always known this. But the coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp focus the importance of our health and the inordinate risk to life of being overweight – a condition which is ultimately avoidable.

More than ever before, NOW is the time to take action for the good of your health.

You can make a change. Your health is in your hands.

As 2020, a year to forget, comes to an end, we urge you to make 2021 the year you take action.

We’ve helped thousands of clients across the globe achieve life-changing transformations.

Behind each inspirational result, there is a story unique to the individual. Almost always there is a ‘why’ which drives them forwards. A north star, often someone or something, which serves as the purpose for their journey.

At U.P. if you have that desire, with our help, you can achieve more than you ever thought possible. We are the partners in your journey. We use our world-leading expertise leaving nothing to chance in pursuit of life-changing results.

Now is the time to find your reason why.

Here are just a few of our inspiration client stories who found theirs and took the decision to invest in their health.

Mike, Business Owner

Mike’s ‘why’ for losing weight and getting fit was his daughter. 

For years, Mike had focussed on building his business but had neglected his health. 

It showed – he could barely kick a football around with his little girl and he felt like a ‘walking heart attack’. 

“I spend a lot of time with my daughter, and I love spending time with her.

“It made me think that it was about time then to start to do something about it.”

His determination to change allied with the expertise and accountability at U.P. helped him transform his body and his health and lose 34kg. 

Read Mike’s story.

Amit, Investment Banker

Amit was going down a dangerous road with his health and was approaching 30 in the worst shape of his life – overweight, tired and unfit. 

“Before starting at U.P., I felt tired all the time; I found it difficult to complete any sort of physical activity. I felt like I had no energy whatsoever, and I just generally felt very unhealthy. I had low confidence due to my appearance and would avoid social settings.”

Even with a high-flying City career with long hours and stress, Amit managed to lose a life-changing 45kg with our help.  

Read Amit’s Story 

Susan, Full-Time Mother

When her mother sadly died as a result of diabetes, Susan feared she was heading down the same path. 

Caring for her mother all those years meant she neglected her own health.  

“I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I needed to make some big changes. I’ve got a family history of diabetes.

“I think after the death of my mum, and again because it was related to diabetes, it was really important for me to get myself sorted and not go down that same track.”

Her transformation at U.P. helped her turn back the clock, reset her health and feel great again in her fifties.  

Read Susan’s Story 

Nick, Lawyer

Nick’s weight was close to 125kg, all the warning lights on his health were flashing red, and he was dangerously close to the point of no return. 

As a father, Nick knew it was now or never to change.

“I have two young kids – aged four and two – and they are my key motivating factor for trying to get fit. Because when they become teenagers, I will be close to my 50s.”

Eight months later and an astonishing 52kg lighter, life is very different for him now. 

The worrying health problems like hypertension and high cholesterol are long gone, and now he is doing marathons and swimming the English Channel.  

Read Nick’s Story 

Zrinka, Sales Director

Zrinka had always struggled with her weight, but when she moved to a new city, she completely lost control. 

When all vegetarian, ketogenic and juice diets had failed, she gave up all hope of finding a way back to health. 

But when her doctor flagged up dangerously high cholesterol levels, she made a lasting commitment to change her life and went on to lose an incredible 53kg at U.P. 

Read Zrinka’s Story 

Steve, Compliance Director

Overweight, unfit and struggling with dangerously high blood pressure, 54-year-old Steve knew his health was in a bad way. 

“I reached a point where physically and mentally, I was no longer comfortable with my health.

“For a few years, I have been worried about my health, and I was concerned if I wouldn’t be around long enough to see my grandchildren.”

Training with U.P. proved to be a shrewd investment in his health – he lost 22kg, his blood pressure is back to normal, and his cardiologist is almost as happy as he is 

Read Steve’s Story 

Angela, Financial Services Director

Angela felt her confidence couldn’t sink any lower – weighing 100kg, she felt unhealthy, unfit and her self-esteem was at rock bottom. 

“I was feeling extremely demotivated as I was starting a diet every Monday, and I would fail and go back to my old habits by Wednesday. My self-esteem was as low as it could be.”

Her motivation was to get to a place where she felt happy and confident again.  

With her U.P. trainer by her side every step of the journey, she has made a life-changing transformation that she says has positively affected her mental and physical health. 

Read Angela’s Story 

Mike, Operations Director

Former footballer Mike’s diet and lifestyle had caused his weight to veer out of control. 

With this comes the increased risk of everything from heart disease to cancer. 

Mike knew that if he didn’t tackle his weight gain head-on, his mental and physical health would continue to slide downhill. 

But losing 40kg and 40cm off his waistline with U.P. helped him turn back the clock and completely reset his health. 

Read Mike’s story.

Daniela, Associate Director

For as long as she can remember, 37-year-old associate director Daniela had been overweight. 

Her motivation was wanting to look and feel her best for a family wedding. 

Investing in lifelong health with U.P. has helped her lose 27kg and give her something she has never had – natural confidence that comes from feeling good inside and out.  

Read Daniela’s Story 

David, Business Executive

David’s reason for starting was to stop the rot with his fitness. 

Now he barely recognises the man he was 12 months earlier. 

Sluggish and overweight throughout his 30s, he is now 40 and completing Spartan races and marathons. 

All it took was three hours of gym work per week to get him in the shape of his life. 

Read David’s Story 

Sneha, Legal Professional

With a family history of diabetes hanging over her head, Sneha knew she needed to make big changes to her lifestyle. 

Her 26kg transformation with U.P. has taken her from constantly feeling tired and depressed about her body shape, to feeling the happiest and healthiest she has ever been. 

Read Sneha’s Story 

Matt, Investor Relations Professional

For 20 years, Matt had struggled with depression, but after going through addiction recovery his weight ballooned and his self-worth hit rock bottom. 

The investor relations professional felt so low, some days he wished he wouldn’t wake up in the morning. 

“At my heaviest, I felt like I was in a hopeless state. I felt dejected and ashamed.

“I knew I needed to take care of myself, look after myself, show some self-love.”

Through a goal-focused programme at U.P., he is now 28kg lighter and has his spark for life back again.  

Read Matt’s story.

 

The cold, hard facts make for uncomfortable reading – but they need to be faced.

You will die younger – Being overweight cuts your life expectancy by 3 years. Being severely obese cuts your life expectancy by 10 years.

You face a greater risk of cancer – Obesity is responsible for up to 10% of cancer cases and is believed to cause at least 13 different types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, liver, bowel, stomach and uterus and ovary.

You will be more likely to die from heart disease – Coronary heart disease risk increases 32% in people who are overweight and 81% in people classed as obese. The condition can lead to heart attacks, heart failure and strokes.

Your danger of death or severe disability from stroke is higher – A stroke – where the blood supply to your brain is cut off – is one of the world’s biggest killers and causes of long-term disability. Your risk of suffering a stroke increases by 22% if you are overweight. This risk almost triples if you are obese.

Your chance of developing type-2 diabetes is greater – People who are obese are 7 times more likely to develop the disease, which can cause of raft of serious health complications including heart disease, stroke, vision problems, nerve and kidney damage and dementia.

Your dementia and Alzheimer’s risk will rise – People who were overweight at middle age were 71% more likely to develop dementia. For obese middle-aged people, their risk rose fourfold. Alarmingly, people overweight during middle age were 95% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, with obese middle-aged people 343% more likely to have the condition in later life.

You will face a bigger threat of severe illness or death from Covid-19 – Patients who are obese had a 40% increased risk of dying from Covid-19 while being severely obese increased that risk to 90%.

You will be more susceptible to depression and mental health issues – Obese people were 45% more likely to suffer from depression compared to people of a healthy weight.

 

Transform Your Health With U.P.

References 

  1. Obesity and Overweight. World Health Organization. Published April 2020. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight  
  2. “Moderate Obesity Takes Years Off Life Expectancy.” University of Oxford. ScienceDaily, Published March 20, 2009. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090319224823.htm  
  3. “Obesity and Cancer”. National Cancer Institute. Published January 17, 2017. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/obesity-fact-sheet  
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  7. “Obesity in Mid Life Linked to Dementia”. National Health Service. Published May 3, 2011. https://www.nhs.uk/news/obesity/obesity-in-mid-life-linked-to-dementia/  
  8. Ma Y, et al. Higher risk of dementia in English older individuals who are overweight or obese. International Journal of Epidemiology2020;dyaa099. Epub 2020 Jun 23. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyaa099. 
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