How TV star Alison took control of menopausal weight gain at 58 to feel confident on camera

“I think what really motivated me to come and train with U.P. was that I knew I’d reached a point in my life where it was a now or never moment. 

“People have actually said to me, Alison, you are completely different. You look different, you walk different, you are a different person.”  

Here, Alison talks about how understanding the science behind nutrition will stay with her forever, and how her trainer has helped her manage her weight and improve symptoms of menopause.

“I would say that just visually, I’ve probably given myself a career extension of five to 10 years, which as I say, TV is not kind to more mature women. ”

What was your motivation to join U.P.?  

What really motivated me to come and train with U.P. was that I knew I’d reached a point in my life where it was a ‘now or never’ moment. I just thought, if not now, when? I felt that because of my age, I’m 58 – I really had to get a grip of something that I had struggled with all my life.

I always felt I was a fat girl deep down and I just thought, okay, it’s time to do something about it. The good thing for me was that I believed it wasn’t too late. I think my saving grace was that I didn’t just think it was all over. I said I was going to have one last shot at this.

I’m also in a very visual industry and feeling fat, which I have done most of my life, has been a real challenge. In broadcasting, particularly visual broadcasting, television puts about 10 pounds on you.

So, if you’re feeling fat before you go on camera, you’re going to feel pretty lousy when you’re on camera. It was just something I battled with all the time so I learned to dress really cleverly and hide it.

How did you feel about yourself before joining U.P.?  

There are certain social situations that you won’t put yourself into, certain conversations that you don’t enjoy having, it just creeps into every area of your life. Being overweight is like this little cloud over your head that you don’t feel your physical best and you haven’t fulfilled your potential.

As someone who’s always trying to be fundamentally quite optimistic and wanting to be the best I can be, I always felt like I was falling short. So, when I joined U.P. my main goal was weight loss because it felt like before I got over that hump, there was nothing else I could really focus on. Some of my other goals were to just understand more about nutrition and food, and really just control what I was eating.