For those of you who are looking for New Year’s fitness ideas heres one from my friend and fitness author Jon Benson who was also on our cruise and that was part of a 3-week business vacation during which he LOST 11 pounds of body fat while I gained 6 pounds on the same cruise. I met Jon on our first CopsAlive Cruise three years ago and this is a product that we use and have sold on CopsAlive for over a year. If you are in law enforcement and struggle to maintain your wellness or are a police officer who is having trouble losing weight this might be for you.
Here’s an email Jon sent me this week detailing how he lost weight while I gained on the same trip… Enjoy!
How I dropped 11 lbs… on vacation?
It was the weirdest thing …
I mean, I’ve been around you know? I’ve had just about every body and fat loss experience you can think of… the good, the bad, the ugly…
… and now the really bizarre.
Here’s the story:
I took off on an 8-day cruise to the Caribbean. This was a “business” cruise (yeah, right)… and I knew there was no way to eat the way I prefer to eat. At least not ideally. After that I had to speak in Tampa Florida at a fitness summit, then off to Las Vegas for yet another summit meeting.
All-in-all I was gone for almost three weeks.
First thing that I knew had to go was my “ideal” diet plan.
That’s my “Extreme” Plan on the Every Other Day Diet plan…
There are three plans in EODD: The Primer Plan, which is literally “every other day”. You get to eat your favorite foods… within reason every other day or so on this Plan. It’s perfect for folks who ‘hate’ dieting because, let’s face it, anyone can diet-for a day, right? Right.
Then there’s the Lifestyle Plans. These are two days of “burn eating” followed by a day of eating favorite foods. Most people use this because it too is so simple to use.
Then for we athletes and fitness pros there’s the Extreme Plan. This is for ultimate body fat loss and muscle-shaping. I love this plan.
But hey… it’s a vacation. And so I decided to eat on the Primer Plan… remember, that’s every other day. So every other day on the cruise I had a small dessert (sometimes two), pizza, or pasta… whatever I wanted within reason. The days before I did perfectly, substituting my morning shake for egg white omelets with a bit of cheese and a lot of veggies. Yum!
Within three days I had LOST more than 4 lbs… or about 2 kg. Pure fat… well, a bit of water I suppose, but mostly that stubborn body fat around my middle that’s the last to go.
What the heck was going on?
Wait… the story gets better…
I move on to Tampa, and then Vegas, and now I’m 11 lbs (about 5 kg) down. My jeans ALL require a belt, only this time it’s not a fashion statement.
Frankly, I’m as surprised as you may be.
But I figured out why this happened. And I want to share it with you so you can use EODD (or another plan if you want… but mine is the best… : ) when you go on vacation or take a break.
Here’s why I dropped the last bit of my body fat:
First, I was on a VERY large cruise ship. I knew my weight training would not be as intense (the weights were not that heavy) but I also knew I could just make it work… train a bit more and go for the “pump”… just a good, quick workout. I ended up training 5 days on the cruise without a problem (and only ONE day of cardio for 20 minutes… you see, you do NOT need cardio to dump body fat!)
But the difference was in the WALKING. The ship was the largest ever built… the size of 2.5 football fields. And I walked everywhere… on the islands, on the boat, even to every meal. Just walking burned off FAR more calories than my normal lifestyle, which like most of you has a lot of sitting down to it. ; )
Walking… my favorite “Cardio” to this very day.
My Supplement Tricks
Second, I took extra potassium, along with all of my Radical Fatloss Blueprint Supplements. I carried them all on board.
You can read more about the supplements I take for “radical” fatloss here:
The two that really did the trick for me was the Aqualize (also known as Acquacil), only 1-2 a day, along with the amino acids.
Finally, I realized that I need MORE food than I’m eating now in order to increase my metabolic rate. Just a bit… about 400 calories a day more than I have been eating. Doing just that rebooted my metabolic rate and presto… 11 lbs of bodyfat and useless water is history. My abs have never looked better.
I hope this gives you some encouragement when it comes to being on the road or on vacation. With the right plan (like EODD and Radical Fatloss) you can actually improve your body…
… and best of all, I enjoyed every minute of my vacation!
Yours In Fitness,
J O N B E N S O N
P.S. An important note was that I made a decision not to drink on the cruise or elsewhere. I had one small glass of wine last night to celebrate with my largest affiliate and business comrade. He flew in from Israel just for this meeting, and it was the least i could do. Roei and I had a blast all day.
The reason drinking is a problem is that alcohol shuts down fat-burning for several hours… sometimes longer. But a glass of wine or two a week is not going to hurt you. I just made that one small “sacrifice” so I could enjoy ice cream, pizza (I ate four slices one night at 3:00am and woke up leaner!) and all the yummy food the boat had to offer.
So, my final tip: Make a decision to cut out just ONE thing when you’re on the road. Alcohol was easy for me as I do not drink that much as it is.
Read more about my personal diet plan and my supplement plan here….
You can bet that I’m going to be following Jon’s diet again to lose those pounds I put on during our CopsAlive Cruise. Good luck and please write with your comments if you try Jon’s diet too.