Testimonials

Why are we happy at Sayasa?

I had always struggled with my weight all my life. You could put the blame on the genes, bad eating habits, ruined psychology, all the traumas I had to go through.. all of them were present. Thus, I had a tendency to gain weight.

One day a friend of mine recommended Didem to me. I did not have any expectations since I had tried many other dietitians before and I had never been successful. But when I went to SAYASA it was like heaven, so peaceful and full of positive energy. Then I met Didem. She won my heart at the first consultation. I thought she was going to weigh me and hand me a piece of paper that had a diet plan on it. She was not going to have any hopes that I was going to be able to lose weight. However, Didem talked to me for a very long time without getting bored instead with a warm and a big smile on her face all the time. Even when I lost only 200 grams we were both very happy about it. I looked forward to our each session together because Didem was like a true friend and a psychologist to me. On top of gaining a new true friend in my life I lost weight as well. She always supported me. I never forget what she said to me once: "Zeynep, life is all about balancing it. Why would you carry all that weight and torture yourself? Just get rid of everything that makes you feel heavy and feel light in every way" It has been really a great feeling to get rid of all the baggage I had been carrying with me. The psychological part is much more important than the physical level. Because Didem is able to deal both with the psychology and the physical levels of overeating I find her very successful. 

I recommend Didem and SAYASA to everyone who needs help to lose weight because Didem made me feel important, listened to me all the time and presented me a positive world with all kinds of different healthy eating ways that I could manage.

Zeynep Akıncı

As far as I could remember I always tried to be thinner than what I was at the moment. Many people around me kept saying "Don't be ridiculous. You are a bit chubby but this is your body type. You don't need to lose weight" However, I was never happy and kept trying one dietitian after another one. I always had 4-5 extra kilos that I had to lose. I managed to lose that extra weight from time to time but always gained it back right away. After giving birth this extra weight bothered me even more.

One day as I was passing by with my car I saw the sign for SAYASA. I was curious about the place and immediately stopped by to see it and get some information. It was incredibly peaceful and clean! I met a woman whose eyes were sparkling and who was smiling from the bottom of her heart and was full of life. I knew that I could trust her. We started a diet programme on the following week. I cannot really call it "A diet plan" It was a plan to change my bad eating habits. Didem had a very different approach. She did not only talk to me about my eating habits but she also asked me about my life. We talked about my endless migraine attacks and stomach problems. And my unhappiness...

When I told her that raw vegetables did not match with my stomach she said " Don't worry you don't have to eat them, listen to your body" When she told me that I could have 2 big crackers in the afternoons I asked her whether I could eat a panini because that made me very happy, she said "Go ahead. Be happy"

One day I called her and asked "Today I crave chocolate, can I have some?" This was her reply to me smile "I ate chocolate yesterday all day long and I am watching out today." There was no "Forbidden food" in Didem's programme. Just in case you ate something that prevented you from losing the weight you wanted to then you could balance it with your other meals. And make sure to eat with your eyes closed and enjoy your food to the fullest. I lost the extra weight without struggling with it and kept it off since then. 

I also joined yoga and pilates classes at SAYASA. Didem has many more qualities than just being a dietitian. She is at the same time a psychologist and a life coach. She should be in everybody's life. Thank you so much for everything my dearest Didem.

Pinar Korkmaz

 

 

Didem Kanca Ustay and SAYASA are not just for weight control and healthy living. You should meet her to change your way of viewing life in a positive way and SAYASA is a "must" place to visit. It is the address of happiness and peace for me. 

Ebru Atılgan

Unfortunately, I am not one of those people who have a high-speed metabolism and never gain weight! If I eat whatever I want to eat I can become as round as "Casper the friendly ghost" smile I had been struggling not to gain weight since my college years. Until I got help from Didem I had never thought that this should not have been a struggle for me. She did not tell me how to lose weight. She made me lose weight and taught me how to stay at that weight. She taught me how this could become my lifestyle. If I desired to eat sweets I could eat them but I could balance it with my next meal or the next day. After learning how to balance my meals I have had no trouble keeping my weight off. It just happens automatically. In case I eat too much (and this happens once a week for the most part) then I watch out what I eat on the next day and I am able to keep up with my current weight. This has been very easy for me. 

Turgut Kagitci

 

 

After I had my second baby at the age of 39, I thought I could go back to my pre-pregnancy body right away as I did when I had my first baby at the age of 21. I have never had any weight problems and I could always easily fit into size 38 Zara jeans until my second pregnancy. However, after I gave birth I could never lose the weight because of my intense work life. My son turned 8 and I still had the excess weight from my pregnancy. Since I have never gone in a diet before in my life dieting was not for me but I always liked sports. I said to myself: "Well, you have heard about pilates so much, why don't I give it a try and see whether it truly works or not?"

I have been working with the great instructors of SAYASA for the last 5 months twice a week and I can see that the result is amazing. I can understand this through the admiring eyes of other females. It is great to feel this! When I went to see my daughter in Montreal during the school break I can tell you with pride that everybody whom I met there told me that I could be her sister but not her mothersmile And it was wonderful to see my daughter Doga being proud of me again. I would like to first thank Didem, then thank the whole SAYASA family for everything. 

Keystone International Schools founder Sema Sever

 

 

 

Both SAYASA and Didem have great energy. I have been to many dietitians before SAYASA but when I started going to SAYASA I always felt like I was going to a therapist rather than a dietitian. If I could not lose weight that week, it was no problem at all. Didem and I tried to find out what went wrong and what we could do about it. And I always left SAYASA with joy and looking forward to our next meeting. And believe me, you lose the weight you want to lose! At SAYASA dieting is not a war anymore. You learn to balance your meals and as you balance your meals you realize how much this reflects on your soul and your life. Good things start happening in your life. Thanks so much Didem... I am sooo happy to have met you. 

Merve Ongoren

 

 

 

If a 10-year-old girl could do it, I believe anyone can do it. Of course, there were times when I had a difficult time but I believe, when you truly want something you go after it and achieve it. I am very happy to have met Didem. During the summer of 2012 she was my second mother. She never gave up on me or got bored spending all of her days with me for 6 weeks in a row. I am so happy that I achieved this success with the help of Didem. I would like to thank Didem and the SAYASA family for everything.

Hilal