Work stress, long hours in the office and a poor diet had taken their toll on his fitness over the years.
Where he was once in good shape, Rivelino says his busy lifestyle meant he had ‘let himself go’ and he constantly felt tired and low on energy.
Starting a transformation at U.P. Amsterdam was his chance to completely kick-start his health and make lasting changes to his lifestyle.
In a matter of weeks, Rivelino’s personalised training and diet plan had made a huge impact.
He lost 9kg, halved his body fat and finally built the muscular physique that he thought he would never be able to achieve.
But it has been gaining the knowledge about nutrition and how to train with purpose and passion that he has enjoyed most about his transformation.
“The results after my transformation were absolutely amazing and something I could never have done by myself.
“U.P. personalises your diet and workout exactly to your specific body type and tweaks these for an optimal result.
“What also helps tremendously is that you have access to your trainer practically 24 hours a day if you have certain questions regarding training, food or lifestyle. This sets you up to get good results.”
Rivelino talks about the most simple but powerful things he has learned about diet and exercise that have given him the skills to stay in shape for life.
I’ve always been quite fit, but never muscular. Since I started working full time, I think I’d let myself go and after a while I didn’t like it anymore.
So, I saw this as an opportunity to start over, because on my own I didn’t get the results I wanted.
Before starting with U.P., I started to feel the stress and wear from my job getting to me, I felt low on energy and exhausted most of the time.
I also had trouble getting enough sleep, so mentally I was sometimes very drained.
I basically didn’t have a structured diet before my transformation with U.P. because of the lack of breaks during working hours, so I ate very little or too much.
And when I ate, I ate everything that was in sight.
My diet and lifestyle changed completely, but especially my diet.
The first thing I learned is that what you put into your body, you become.
So, my education about nutrition, macronutrients, supplements and the composition of certain foods improved enormously.
At first, I had to get used to tracking all the calories in the MyFitnessPal app, but now it’s become like second nature to me.
I have started preparing my own meals in advance now so that if I have hunger or cravings, I always have something healthy nearby.
The first thing I noticed was my weight loss, accompanied by my drastic increase in stamina and energy.
This gave me a boost to try even harder because I saw that my goals were achievable and helped my confidence to grow more and more.
The biggest mistake with my diet before joining U.P. was the lack of information about food and the tracking of my daily calorie intake.
This was hard for me in the beginning because I had to get used to doing this every time I ate or drank something, and I had to fill this in the app.
But this was the best way for me to be held accountable and to see what worked for me.
The biggest lifestyle change I made was to go back to the kitchen and prepare my own food instead of ordering takeaways.
Furthermore, I reduced the amount of alcohol I drank, going out, and just having the structure to know when to eat certain kinds of foods, and how much, according to the given amount of calories allowed that day.
Training was not always the way I wanted it to be, because sometimes you feel stronger or better than other times, but every time I felt that it was worthwhile.
My trainer, Ryan, always pushed me to my maximum even if I wasn’t feeling my best, so after every training session I felt like I accomplished something.
If I was not able to train due to work or travel they were always able to arrange something else for me.
The most important things that worked for me were sticking to the food plan and realising that correct technique is fundamental.
Furthermore, it is the discipline to just go on even if you don’t feel like training which was essential in achieving this transformation.
I think that the transformation not only changed me physically, but also mentally.
The goal of mine was to become stronger and I achieved that, but in the process I also got kind of addicted to the training and the lifestyle.
That used to be different when I was just training by myself. I don’t have to drag myself to the gym now because I really want to be there.
I think this change in behaviour will definitely help me get to the next phase.
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