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Matt Ellengold, 39, from London, told how he managed to get a torn body and abs in just 24 weeks after following an intense training regimen. Pictured, Matt in 2017

A former drug addict has revealed that he has managed to get a torn body and abs in just 24 weeks after following an intense training regimen.

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Matt Ellengold, 39, from London, told how when his life revolved around drugs, alcohol and partying, he would just eat what he wanted and never bothered about what he looked like or his health.

Although he has been clean and sober for 18 months now, Matt added that weight was not a priority during his recovery period, so he continued to eat whatever he wanted.

But after he got out of the drugs, he wanted to date and that was only while taking photos he was shocked by the way he looked for his dating profile.

Without self-confidence or self-esteem, Matt turned to UP Fitness to transform his health and reach his dream body – and managed to lose an impressive 28 kg in just 24 weeks.

& # 39; Before joining, I had a lot of self-doubt, asked myself questions and had no self-confidence, & # 39; he explained. & # 39; I now believe more in myself. & # 39;

& # 39; I went & # 39; go to bed at night and hope I don't wake up. Fast forward to now, with my experience at UP, I go to bed at night & look forward to waking up. & # 39;

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Matt Ellengold, 39, from London, told how he managed to get a torn body and abs in just 24 weeks after following an intense training regimen. Pictured, Matt in 2017

Matt Ellengold, 39, from London, told how he managed to get a torn body and abs in just 24 weeks after following an intense training regimen. Pictured, Matt in 2017

After he had accumulated on the pounds during his recovery (left), Matt lost an impressive 28 kg (right) in just 24 weeks

After he had accumulated on the pounds during his recovery (left), Matt lost an impressive 28 kg (right) in just 24 weeks

After he had accumulated on the pounds during his recovery (left), Matt lost an impressive 28 kg (right) in just 24 weeks

Matt, who has been recovering for three years, says he cannot tell exactly when he became addicted to alcohol and drugs as it developed over time.

& # 39; I started drinking with my friends in my early teens, and when I was in my twenties, I was in bars and clubs all weekend, drinking more and more drugs, and more often, & # 39; he explained.

& # 39; When I was in my late twenties and later, I noticed that I was leaving nights early and went home and used it myself. & # 39;

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& # 39; I didn't even leave the house in the end. I just stayed home and used drugs myself. & # 39;

& # 39; And I started thinking about drugs all the time – I would think about not using them, I would think about not using them, I became obsessed with drugs. & # 39;

On reflection, Matt believes that alcohol and drugs appealed to him because they did for him what he could not do for himself. & # 39;

During his twenties, Matt told how he would notice that he would go home and use it alone. Depicted during his drug addiction

During his twenties, Matt told how he would notice that he would go home and use it alone. Depicted during his drug addiction

During his twenties, Matt told how he would notice that he would go home and use it alone. Depicted during his drug addiction

Matt says his addiction to alcohol and drugs & # 39; progressive & # 39; was and & # 39; developed over time & # 39 ;. Pictured, in 2017
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Matt says his addiction to alcohol and drugs & # 39; progressive & # 39; was and & # 39; developed over time & # 39 ;. Pictured, in 2017

Matt says his addiction to alcohol and drugs & # 39; progressive & # 39; was and & # 39; developed over time & # 39 ;. Pictured, in 2017

Matt explained how, before starting his recovery and rehearsal trip, he wondered and had no confidence. Pictured, in 2019

Matt explained how, before starting his recovery and rehearsal trip, he wondered and had no confidence. Pictured, in 2019

Matt explained how, before starting his recovery and rehearsal trip, he wondered and had no confidence. Pictured, in 2019

Matt told how he went to bed at night and hoped he wouldn't wake up, but thanks to his health kick, he is now looking forward to waking up. Pictured left, front and right after 25 weeks

Matt told how he went to bed at night and hoped he wouldn't wake up, but thanks to his health kick, he is now looking forward to waking up. Pictured left, front and right after 25 weeks

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Matt told how he went to bed at night and hoped he wouldn't wake up, but thanks to his health kick, he is now looking forward to waking up. Pictured left, front and right after 25 weeks

Matt was inspired to join UP fitness after seeing a photo of himself and being shocked by what he looked like. Pictured left before and right after the transformation

Matt was inspired to join UP fitness after seeing a photo of himself and being shocked by what he looked like. Pictured left before and right after the transformation

Matt was inspired to join UP fitness after seeing a photo of himself and being shocked by what he looked like. Pictured left before and right after the transformation

Matt says that drugs appealed to him because they & # 39; comfortable & # 39; in his skin - something that he could not feel alone. Now pictured, after his transformation

Matt says that drugs appealed to him because they & # 39; comfortable & # 39; in his skin - something that he could not feel alone. Now pictured, after his transformation

Matt says that drugs appealed to him because they & # 39; comfortable & # 39; in his skin – something that he could not feel alone. Now pictured, after his transformation

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& # 39; They made me feel good about myself, comfortable in my skin, & # 39; he explained. & # 39; Although I would eventually use drugs to change my feelings. & # 39;

& # 39; I wasn't happy with myself, I didn't know how to handle my feelings. Medication was the solution – I have self-medication. & # 39;

He added: & # 39; They didn't let me feel, they didn't make my head think of anything, it eliminated me. They filled the void that I felt in me. & # 39;

In 2011, after a failed suicide attempt, Matt decided to seek help and was brought into contact with the Turning Point Drug and Wellbeing Service of the city of Westminster, where he was introduced to a 12-step fellowship.

& # 39; I have been using the service for about six months and went to a few anonymous drug-related meetings, but I did not continue with it & # 39 ;, Matt explained.

Sample diet before transformation

Breakfast – granola bowl with yogurt, berries and granola; warm croissant with ham, cheese and bacon; orange juice

Snack – muffin

Lunch – rice with chicken

Snack – chips and chocolate bar or cookies

Dinner – takeaway meals such as large pizzas from Dominos

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Dessert – half a bowl of Ben and Jerry ice cream

& # 39; This all brought back bad memories! & # 39;

During transformation

Protein targeted with a daily calorie intake of 1,700 kcal. Breakfast plus 3 small meals spread over the day, and 2 servings of carbohydrates (30 grams each)

Protein shake after the morning workout

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Breakfast – protein yogurt breakfast bowl (yogurt, berries and protein powder)

Meal 1 (12.30 pm) – peri-peri-chicken with Mediterranean vegetables; sweet potato wedges

Meal 2 (4.30 pm) – steak with garlic and chili and vegetables; sweet potato wedges

Meal 3 (8.30 pm) – peri-peri-chicken with Mediterranean vegetables

Snack – 2 small jars of sugar-free jelly (10 kcal each)

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& # 39; I thought I could moderate and control myself and drinking. I tried everything to control it, to use it on my own terms – when I wanted and how much – but I couldn't. I was and my life was completely unmanageable. & # 39;

By the end of 2015, after a relationship broke up, Matt felt he could go no farther and was still suicidal.

& # 39; I went to bed hoping I wouldn't wake up, I felt there was no way out, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I finally gave in, acknowledged the defeat and that I needed some help. & # 39;

& # 39; I knew Cocaine Anonymous, so I went to a meeting on a Sunday evening. That will be four years ago in December. I have been recovering since then and I am proud to say that I am a recovering drug addict. & # 39;

During his recovery, however, Matt put his fight against addiction to his weight and quickly began to pile on the pounds.

During his recovery, Matt (pictured during his transformation) piled on so much weight that he had to buy increasingly larger clothes every six months

During his recovery, Matt (pictured during his transformation) piled on so much weight that he had to buy increasingly larger clothes every six months

During his recovery, Matt (pictured during his transformation) piled on so much weight that he had to buy increasingly larger clothes every six months

The former drug addict came to the point of being & ashamed & ashamed & # 39; felt for his own body - so he decided to do something about it. Now pictured

The former drug addict came to the point of being & ashamed & ashamed & # 39; felt for his own body - so he decided to do something about it. Now pictured

The former drug addict came to the point of being & ashamed & ashamed & # 39; felt for his own body – so he decided to do something about it. Now pictured

After losing 28 pounds, Matt (now pictured) found his self-esteem - something he never thought he would find after fighting fights depression before

After losing 28 pounds, Matt (now pictured) found his self-esteem - something he never thought he would find after fighting fights depression before

After losing 28 pounds, Matt (now pictured) found his self-esteem – something he never thought he would find after fighting fights depression before

Every six months he had to buy larger and larger clothing and even tear his suit trousers.

& # 39; I was ashamed and embarrassed in my own body, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I would order online because I was too embarrassed to go to stores. & # 39;

& # 39; My doctor and psychotherapist had told me in recent years that I needed to lose weight because it became a health hazard. & # 39;

But the turning point came when Matt went to lunch with his brother and his fiancé.

& # 39; We had a nice lunch and sat in the park talking about dating, and how it went for me & # 39 ;, he explained.

& # 39; I wanted to have a relationship but in the end I felt so little in myself. Then my brother's fiancé took a few pictures of me, so that I could put more updated pictures online on my dating profile. & # 39;

& # 39; When I saw the photo, life was sucked out of me. I could not believe what I looked like! & # 39;

After registering with UP Fitness, Matt revised his diet, exchanged protein takeaway meals and remained committed to his training regime – and hard work paid off.

Now 28 pounds down, Matt has found himself, something he'd never thought after fighting depression before and not wanting to wake up in the morning – and he looks better and feels better than ever.

& # 39; My experience at UP has given me a better person and a better version of myself since I joined, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I cannot describe what an improvement this is for me. & # 39;

Matt turned to UP Fitness to transform his health and reach his dream body - and managed to lose an impressive 28 kg in just 24 weeks (now pictured)

Matt turned to UP Fitness to transform his health and reach his dream body - and managed to lose an impressive 28 kg in just 24 weeks (now pictured)

Matt turned to UP Fitness to transform his health and reach his dream body – and managed to lose an impressive 28 kg in just 24 weeks (now pictured)

Speaking of his revision, Matt (now pictured) said: & # 39; My experience at UP has given me a better person and a better version of myself since I joined & # 39;

Speaking of his revision, Matt (now pictured) said: & # 39; My experience at UP has given me a better person and a better version of myself since I joined & # 39;

Speaking of his revision, Matt (now pictured) said: & # 39; My experience at UP has given me a better person and a better version of myself since I joined & # 39;

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