For years, 22-year-old Estelle had issues with her weight and problems with sugar and a carb-heavy diet.
Like many women, she had tried lots of different diets and training programs, but nothing that really worked or made lasting changes to her body.
Estelle, who works as an audio post-production producer, thought she was stuck with this body forever and felt tired, sluggish and demotivated.
But simply by weight training three times a week, following a very simple diet and ensuring she was active every day, Estelle experienced astonishing weight-loss results.
Over 12 weeks she lost 14kg, a third of her body fat, and is already well on the way to achieving the figure she thought she could never get.
What’s the best thing about her transformation? Estelle says: “The smile on my face when wearing a bikini.
“I still have a bit to go, but I have now lost 14kg and 12% body fat. I look and feel stronger.
“With U.P., I have achieved what I have always wanted to achieve. Once you get past the money thing, you realise that you are the best investment you can make.”
Estelle reveals the secrets to her rapid transformation, the key tips that helped her overcome bad food choices and sugar cravings, and the most important things she has learned to make lasting changes to her body.
I had tried many fad diets and exercise routines, but nothing seemed to work for me.
I would either eat right, but not train correctly, or workout just right but have poor nutrition.
I have always had an issue with my weight and the way I looked. I told myself that this time was going to be different.
I was feeling sluggish! I slept poorly, ate like I had no understanding of nutrition (which I did, but I didn’t care then) and only worked out occasionally.
When I did work out, I would be out of breath very quickly and had poor stamina.
Before U.P., I thought I was going to look the way I did forever.
I would easily eat sugary foods for most meals, I was greedy with foods like cheese and bread too. Portion control was not in my vocabulary.
I would book gym classes and then not go, or set earlier alarms to go and workout and just hit snooze instead.
I got a new diet and lifestyle plan, and at first it was tough, but I really have learned to love it.
I did the 21-day elimination diet, which consisted of eating only meat, fish, cruciferous vegetables and nuts (I have kept this as an optimum food guide with a few additional items now).
I was advised to walk 20,000 steps a day and drink 3 litres of water as well as to sleep a minimum of seven hours.
All this, together with the three epic workouts a week, meant I managed to lose weight a lot quicker than I was expecting.
I didn’t drink alcohol during my transformation, which was a bummer going into it. But after a couple of weeks it became easy and just not worth the empty calories or the bad start to the day the following morning.
I started to sleep better, have a more positive outlook on life, feel energised, and actually like the person I saw in the mirror.
People noticed, too! My colleagues saw a change in my overall demeanour. My family, who I would speak to on the phone, said how happy I sounded every time I called.
Sugar in the morning was a big mistake. A bowl of yoghurt topped with fruit and honey may seem innocent, but starting my day with sugar was just a recipe for disaster.
This would spike my sugar levels and then they would just come crashing down a couple of hours later, making me super hungry and very likely to snack on anything I could get my hands on.
I completely forgot about what a typical breakfast looked like and instead treated the three meals I was eating a day as equal.
This meant I would eat broccoli soup, lean beef bolognese, steamed cod and carrots for breakfast, lunch or dinner – all homemade, of course, and as fresh as possible. Although for a busy week ahead, I would meal prep on the weekends.
Getting enough good sleep. I go to bed early and try not look at my phone or laptop an hour before bed.
When I wake up after a good night of sleep, I feel like I make good food choices and work out harder.
I told U.P. what times I could train and they fit my sessions around me. I love the energy and effort the trainers put into the workouts as this made me want to work harder, too.
Ben Stew was my PT and he was amazing, focused on me doing each exercise correctly, and knowing when I needed to push my boundaries.
He is a funny guy too, cracking jokes to make me forget that I was exhausted from a particular exercise.
That I need to remember that aspects of the lifestyle change are all just as important as each other. If I sleep well, I wake up feeling positive. If I wake up feeling positive, I make a great, tasty, balanced meal, and work out to the best of my ability to then go to bed feeling tired, but like I have accomplished something. And that cycle gets repeated daily.
It has shown me what I can achieve in a short amount of time, and I will definitely take all that I have learnt with me and continue with what seems to work for me.
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