For years the 46-year-old had lived the unhealthiest of lifestyles with high stress, poor nutrition and little exercise.
But when doctors gave him the grave diagnosis, it forced him to seriously examine his lifestyle.
He knew his laser focus on his career had led him to neglect his health over the years.
So after successfully beating cancer, Winston vowed to change his ways and focus on cultivating a healthy life.
He had already heard of Ultimate Performance’s stellar reputation in the world of fitness and decided to start training with the best in the business.
“I have lost 44lbs, which is 25% of my body weight, and I am much stronger now. Obviously, my physique has changed a lot too. I never imagined myself looking like this in my life.
“It’s bizarre; when I was in my 20s I could never achieve this level of fitness, but now in my 40s I am in the best shape of my life!”
Winston made fantastic progress during his programme, losing 16kg and almost two-thirds of his body fat, including the dangerous visceral fat that is so harmful to long-term health.
“For the longest time, I have been extremely unhealthy; not eating correctly or sleeping well. Basically, I was just neglecting my health for the sake of work, and I wanted to change that.
“A little over two years ago when I was diagnosed with colon cancer, it woke me up and gave me a powerful incentive to change my life. It made me realise that I can’t keep neglecting my health.”
Winston was committed to improving his health, but it still took him some time to overcome his psychological barriers around committing to an intensive programme.
However, once he overcame his doubts, U.P.’s all-round training system took over and got him the results he wanted.
“I had never done any form of training, so it was a totally new experience for me. The first few sessions were definitely a struggle. I had never lifted weights in my life and obviously had never eaten properly as well.
“U.P. gave me a structure in terms of what to do in the gym and outside. It gave me discipline both in working out as well as dieting.
“For the longest time, I never paid much attention to what I ate; I just ate anything and everything I wanted. I now have a proper mindset, and eating smart, eating right made a whole lot of difference in my life. I had no experience in training before, but now I have a good idea about what I need to do to build muscles.
“Most importantly, I understand that it is not about just doing it; it’s more about doing it properly.”
Winston’s transformation was nothing short of jaw-dropping. And while his family and friends were naturally amazed to see the massive change, Winston himself was more surprised by the impact the transformation had on other facets of his life.
“The photoshoot was fun. It was unconventional. Given the lockdown, in Hong Kong, the plans were changed overnight. When we shifted the shoot outdoors, I was a bit concerned, but then I said ‘what the heck!’ It turned out pretty well!
“Being a shy type, the fact that I was able to do it in the open really says a lot. I am not the type to take selfies, etc. but given the big transformation that I had over the past few months, it gave me a lot of confidence. Now I don’t mind showing off a little bit and am happy to share with everyone how I did it and the entire process.”
But perhaps the biggest benefit for Winston is that he has future-proofed his health.
“I was able to achieve a lot of my goals – I became stronger, healthier, and more importantly, I laid out the foundation for lifelong healthy living.
“I want to continue to build on that foundation in terms of having an active and healthy lifestyle. There are certain areas that I want to improve further, and I also want to motivate others who are seeking similar changes.”
“I have seen my body transformed in ways that I never thought possible, surprising even the sceptic in me. But more importantly, I’m extremely pleased to have learned and developed the right mindset of living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.”
“I couldn’t have done it without U.P. and Simon, my personal trainer.”
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