Sonnie Yousefzadeh-Bindra knew he had to change his lifestyle when his normal morning commute on the subway became a grueling undertaking. The 31-year-old from London had a brief weight training session in his twenties, but apart from that he never had much experience in the gym.
“I was very unfit, I didn’t exercise at all and I had become very lazy,” he says. “Maybe I had a little ‘waist’ to fill out my clothes, but it was just body fat as I realized.”
Before she started her transformation, her daily meals consisted of a latte and pastry for breakfast, some sort of high-calorie, high-carb lunch food — and to top it all off, McDonalds, Shake Shack or whatever. something similar for dinner.
Moreover, when the world went into lockdown in 2020, Yousefzadeh-Bindra’s busy lifestyle worsened into bad eating habits that caused him to gain even more weight, and he couldn’t handle what it was. made him feel.
“I had an unhealthy relationship with food,” he says. “I think like many others, the lockdown has made it worse to be so inactive and idle. I had focused so much on my work that I forgot how important it is to keep busy. number one.”
So when it all got too much to bear, he embarked on a transformation with a Ultimate Performance Gym in London it helped start him on the path to better choices and the body he had always wanted.
“During my transformation, I had 3 personal training sessions a week,” he says. “Each was a full body workout best described as German body conditioning. The idea was to lose fat and build muscle as efficiently as possible. I completed the full body workouts with a bike machine 30-minute or 30-minute step machines during the week.”
Towards the end of his weight loss transformation, Yousefzadeh-Bindra often found himself incorporating HIIT workouts into his routine to help shred his arms and abs even more. Like many others who are just beginning to train, he quickly found himself enjoying the process.
“Coming to the gym was a chore at first, but then it became a way of life,” he says.
He also began to find pleasure in doing extra exercises throughout the day whenever he could find the time in his busy schedule – and even started counting his steps.
But as you probably know, real body transformations require a strict diet to get the best possible results. With the help of her trainer at UP, Yousefzadeh-Bindra was able to drastically improve her diet by eliminating high calorie and carbohydrate foods like takeout and delivery.
“I stopped having takeout and canceled my subscriptions – very important,” he says. “I started with meal prep services that helped me make sure I had the right amount of calories and macronutrients. I started becoming aware of the food I was eating from a caloric point of view and to make better choices.”
Having food prepared in the right amounts and with the right nutrition helped him maintain his diet even though his schedule was still so busy. For people who don’t have time to cook their own meals, meal preparation services can be a great option for ensuring healthy eating.
During his transformation, he replaced all of the bad foods that made up his old diet with high-protein, low-calorie foods that helped fuel his body’s essential functions. For breakfast, he often drank a protein shake and a homemade latte, shying away from high-carb pastries. Then, for lunch and dinner, he’d dig into one of his ready meals that had just the right mix of protein, fat, and carbs.
Yousefzadeh-Bindra’s coach at UP, Chris, has been instrumental in holding him accountable and ensuring he doesn’t fall off the regime wagon.
“I also learned how important it is to have a good trainer who will be accountable,” he said. “I can’t stress how essential constant communication is to achieving these results. Diet plays such an important role in your body composition and you need someone who can constantly monitor it.”
Having a trainer has also helped Yousefzadeh-Bindra overcome some of the psychological challenges of constant training. One of his favorite tips from Chris: connect the mind to exercise.
“When you can connect your mind to exercise rather than just aimlessly pushing the weight, you’ll get in better shape and likely lift more,” he says. “Form and time under tension are also key. It’s better to have a lower weight and do it right because you’ll see better gains – lose the ego!”
Yousefzadeh-Bindra has his diet and training aligned the way he wants, and he’s seeing results as well. He’s lost nearly 30 pounds in just over 3 months, and things are looking up on all fronts.
“Now that my diet is better and I’m fitter, I have so much more energy,” he says. “I have better concentration and I work more efficiently. It can be said that the work I do is getting better and better, and outside of work I have more energy and will happily walk towards more places. I feel fresher and younger.”
This interview has been edited for clarity.
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