Archive for the ‘Nutrition’ Category

February 8

Burn More Fat With Intermittent Fasting (How-To Video)

Hey, hey!

As some of you know, I’m still on a whirlwind fitness tour… well, kinda. If you want to know whazup, read about it below… or just skip to my crappy in-a-hotel-room-quality video of me and John Romaniello talking about super uber fat-burning. Look below all my scribbling to check it out.

I wasn’t in my studio, so don’t laugh at the quality… or the fact I forgot to remove the Skype call window… yeah, I’m a pro, baby. The content rocks, though. Intermittent fasting is really the bomb when it comes to a starter diet plan, or a finisher diet strategy. I’ll be using it for the upcoming shoots (see below.) You should try it, too… and John tells you how to get started in the video below.

Last week, I shot down to Florida to hang with 50 or so pro fitness guys and gals, where we successfully combined hard training with a massive Super Bowl party (thanks Joel Marion… you’re a stud among studs)… and your everyday ole’ general mayhem. Now I’m in Austin, Texas, where I got to hit the weights yesterday with my pal Dave Goodin, aka “The Texas Shredder”, and spend some time seeing some old friends.

It’s just proof positive you can have a blast and still keep your bod. I’m weeks away from my next photo shoot (pics to be uploaded soon after), and a few months from my first national magazine cover (or so the little birdie keeps saying… ; ) When we finalize the deal, I’ll let you know. The mag will dish some secrets on my upcoming Fit Over 40 Heart-Shape Program, and I’ll be giving away 100 or so copies to readers who leave cool comments on my blog. (Oh-so-subtle hintskie.)

Before I head back home to Cali… da BU… and get ready for the Recording Academy’s MusiCares getting of Paul McCartney this Friday (can’t wait… such an honor to be invited, so thanks tossed out to Joe and Steve!), I wanted to share some luv.

First, I’d like to give you a gift or two. Below is a short video interview with my good friend John Romaniello. In the video below, we reveal the strategies behind Roman’s intermittent fasting strategy for fat burning. This really is a hot new way to shed more body fat through the clever manipulation of key fat-burning hormones such as the mysterious ghrelin, plus your body’s natural gH (the so-called youth hormone.)

Also: As John will announce in the video, anyone who picks up John’s new Fat Loss Forever Intermittent Fasting Guide today will receive an incredible free gift: John’s total workout guide… a $47 value, free for my readers only.

Click the button under the video now to get your copy of Fat Loss Forever today, then send John an email requesting your FREE copy of his workout guide.

Now, press play and enjoy our incredibly fancy video production…

Killer Diet: Intermittent Fasting Protocol

 

P.S. Here’s my newsletter from yesterday on Intermittent Fasting, just in case you missed it…

Intermittent Fasting: The 8-Hour ‘Pig-Out’ Diet?

Today’s topic is controversial, but I feel it’s something you really need to know about if you’re still working on dropping those extra lb of bodyfat around your belly or thighs.

My good friend John Romaniello has been doing a lot of research (and testing on his A-List clients) in the new science of Intermittent Fasting. Intermittent fasting is a progressive new way of melting far more bodyfat that traditional dieting allows. The science behind it is similar to the science behind my own Every Other Day Diet. This is more extreme, for sure, but it’s also something that you should consider trying.

Here’s why:

Intermittent Fasting involves eating in cycles. You fast for a specific number of hours (and for almost an entire day after a big pig-out “eat what you want” day), and then you eat a lot of healthy food within a very specific time frame. The gist of the process involves eating 2-3 days per week on a “16/8″ schedule. For sixteen hours, you fast. Most people fast for at least eight yours a day during sleep, so this is basically just skipping your last meal and your first meal.

That sounds really counterintuitive, hence the controversy behind why it works so well. However, the truth of the matter is simple: First, you should avoid carbs in the morning if at all possible. This is something most people simply cannot or will not do, so NOT eating actually makes this easier. And, as you know, as lot of people skip breakfast due to the morning family rush hour. Now you can do it and feel GOOD about it!

You still get to eat dinner (John explains what to eat here), but you finish eating four hours prior to sleeping. It’s really not that hard to fast for sixteen hours when you break it down like this, right?

However, there’s more to it than 16/8. John has developed his own system for doing that I really love that prevents your body from shutting down. Any dietplan you try runs a high risk of shut-down — that dreaded feeling you get when the plan just stops working, no matter how diligent you are with it. I know, that is super frustrating. Well, John has solved that problem by utilizing 2-3 styles of intermittent fasting within the week, rather than just the 16/8. This shocks the body in a good way, boosts your natural fatburning hormones sky-high (as does fasting in general, by the way), and keeps you on track.

The system he has is so lifestyle friendly that he calls it Fat Loss Forever. Go here to read more about it:

>>>  Intermittent Fasting Explained

Intermittent fasting is a fantastic way to lower your stress levels and save your internal organs, too. When you eat all day long, your pancreas and liver takes a beating. Fasting for too long is not a good idea, as your blood sugar will drop too low. However, these short “burst-style” fasts are ideal for increasing digestion, as well as giving those vital fatburning organs (the pancreas and liver) a much needed rest. Most people are unaware that fatloss cannot happen when your organs are taxed, and this style of eating solves that problem nicely.

One more thing concerning the science and practicality of intermittent fasting you need to know concerns one hormone in particular. This hormone is the “youth” hormone: gH, or GrowthHormone. A very short workout after a fast boosts this fatburning superstar hormone through the ROOF, and does it naturally. The benefits include greater and faster fatburning, a more youthful vigor, and an increased sense of well-being.

You can see why I’m excited to share this information with you today! Intermittent fasting has so many benefits to anyone who wants to increase fatburning and simply feel better. It also scores an A+ in my book for healthy eating. Plus, you DO get to enjoy eating a LOT of food during those 8 hours, plus John insists that you take a full day off during the week and eat whatever you want.

This is the one area where John and I part ways. I do not believe in a full day of eating bad food. What I’d love to see you do when you try this program is this:

1. Follow John’s plan to the letter Monday-Saturday;

2. On Sunday, begin your free day with a high protein, zero carb breakfast. This will set your body up to use the “junk” food without feeling like crap afterward;

3. Plan TWO different meals out, and simply eat smaller portions of your favorite foods. Eat until you are full, but no more. Make sure you eat two meals so you get your fill;

4. Then, plan to go for a long walk at the end of the day, and snack on raw fruit or veggies after about 6-7PM.

Start your plan here:

>>>  John’s Specific Intermittent Fasting Plan (28 lb in 28 days)

Do that, and this plan has my two thumbs-up!

P.P.S.  Please, do not forget to follow John’s plan specifically on Monday, especially. Monday is VERY important, and you must follow it to the letter to see the results others are seeing.

Also, do not use this plan unless you need to drop extra bodyfat… because you WILL. If you are already at your ideal weight, this is not for you.

 

December 24

Reversing Type 1 Diabetes and Heart Disease

Want to meet the oldest living Type 1 Diabetic… with totally normal blood sugar?

Meet Dr. Richard Bernstein.

Dr. Richard Bernstein

At almost 80 years old, Dr. Bernstein is living proof of the power of a low-carb diet when it comes to reversing disease!

Dr. Bernstein is almost 80 years old. He works out 3-4 days per week with resistance (weights) and intense cardio (short and sweet.) He has consumed a high fat, low carbohydrate diet since the early 1960′s to control both his blood sugar and his (former) heart disease.

Since that time, Dr. Bernstein has gone from yet another heart disease statistic (while consuming the ADA’s recommended low-fat diet nonsense) to the very picture of fitness and health. He’s not only lean and fit, he has the most ideal blood profile I’ve ever seen. His HDL (protective cholesterol carrier) is a whopping 128—anything over 45 is considered excellent! His small particle LDL is almost non-existent. His total LDL is about 50, and his triglycerides, a fat in the blood formed from carbohydrates and glucose, has gone from over 300 to under 50. And, his fasting and post-prandial (after meals) blood sugar is 80.

This interview covers his approach to nutrition, exercise, and the debunking of the “saturated fat causes heart disease” myth.

If you know anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, or if this disease runs in your family, or if you have heart disease (either yourself or in your gene pool), then this interview is a must-listen.

Enjoy!

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February 24

She doesn’t let a little thing like CANCER stop her

In a few minutes I’m going to share a story with you that stopped me in my tracks this morning.

I looked at my fiancé Hanna and just cried.

I STILL don’t know what to say about this woman. About her courage. About her faith in LIFE.

I’ll let you decide.

And in case you’re wondering, I’m NOT going to include a link to buy something.

I cannot use this for “marketing”…

BUT: I can and WILL use it to inspire the dickens out of YOU. To MOVE you to action.

More — after my rant about “testimonials”.

Look:

I don’t normally send out glowing testimonies from my readers in every email.

I should, I guess. I get literally hundreds, if not thousands each year.

More people would buy my books. More people would get leaner and probably healthier.

Perhaps I should… but I don’t.

I don’t even have a lot of testimonies on my product home pages. Most have NONE.

( Marketing 101: I fail. ; )

The reason: A lot of testimonials are just made- up by nasty marketers.

How easy is that, right?

“Susie Q lost over 10 BILLION POUNDS…”

That kind of stuff. Fake pictures.

Yuck.

Never done it. Never will.

If you see a testimony from me, it has passed the Big 3 Test:

1. Person sent it on their own free will.
2. Person responded to my request to use it.
3. Person gave realistic results.

So, yeah — thousands of them.

Here recently we just started using “Shopper Approved” on our delivery pages.

In less than a week, here’s a snapshot of our ratings as determined by real clients leaving real feedback:

JonBensonFitness.com Shopper Approved stats

My goal is 5 stars out of 5. It’s unrealistic, but we’re shooting for it anyway. We’re 4.4 out of 5 with almost 2,000 reviews in a week.

Here’s how hard that 5 star thing is:

—- >  The Bible has 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon.com.

Wow… tough.

Something to note: I left in the 2 and 1-star reviews. Why not keep it real, right?

However, several 1-star reviews simply said, “Love the product, but never recommend any product to friends.”

Everyone else didn’t receive their download links, which is due to emails NOT being always realiable… or had another concern we can easily resolve.

That’s the product/testimonial/service update…

Rant over.

NOW:

Let me tell you about Cathryn.

Cathryn lost a bunch of weight using my book “The Every Other Day Diet.”

( No link… if you want to look it up, do so on your own. This story is about Cathryn. )

Cathryn then gained back 20-odd lb …

“Ah-HA!” you say… “The dietplan didn’t work over the long-haul…. they never do….”

Er… not really.

Cathryn gained back 20+ because of the drugs being pumped into her system.

Drugs required to kill the cancer that’s still living inside her body.

Today, Cathryn is “suffering” through chemo.

I say “suffering” because this gal could make a tsunami sound like nice surfing potential.

There’s optimism, and then there’s Cathryn.

Read for yourself:

“Making fruits and vegetables, with emphasis
on vegetables, and reasonable amounts of protein
the basis of one’s diet is clearly the way to go-esp.
as one gets older.”

“We all need fewer calories as we age. Relying
on vegetables and lean forms of protein for most
calories helps keep us thinner, our digestive systems
healthier and our energy levels more balanced.”

“Guess what? It’s all in EODD in a clear easy to
understand (and follow) format!”

That may sound like a “promo” I wrote, but it was actually Cathryn’s blog post.

She continued:

“I’m currently on drugs for post-breast cancer
treatment (2nd time). They make me very sick.
I was feeling sicker when following the diet the
oncologist recommended.”

“But then I started following the EODD plan and within
a week started feeling less sick, more energetic,
and more functional overall.”

At this point I had to interject my note of caution.

While I would COMPLETELY stand by the fact that EODD is superior to what most doctors would use for patients, as most docs know jack-crap about nutrition, this is ‘cancer’ we’re dealing with here.

And I’m not a doctor.

And I’m truly concerned for Cathryn.

So, I asked her to check with her doctor. I also
passed by some research for her to look into.
(She already had… should have known. : )

Here’s her response:

“Yup. Sure did, also Walter L. Voegtlin, and the
Kitava Study…

“With this diet, forcing myself to keep moving at
least a little bit (except on the days I get the IV
cocktail), and acupuncture, I’m managing. So
much is just what’s in one’s head.

“And, hey, it’s only temporary. All this will pass.
But not my diet changes. I only wanted to lose
the 20 lb gained when first on all the drugs, and
they are melting awaaaaaaay.

“I’m gonna live and live well!… “

WOW.

Just… freakin’ … WOW.

I’d love to sit here and tell you that I’d have the desire and courage to follow a healthy dietplan … dare I say even BURN bodyfat off… while I have an I.V. full of toxic chemo stuck in my arm.

I’d love to say that. I can’t.

I’m not that strong.

Cathryn is.

Listen: YOU NEED to hear that people like this not only exist, but exist all around us.

YOU may very well BE a person just like this.

Just like Cathryn.

If you’re like me… wondering if you could be that strong… then perhaps you’ll find renewed strength as I did from Cathryn’s story.

Maybe you have a story of your own.

If you do… or even if you do NOT… do this:

1. COMMENT BELOW.

Please, send Cathryn your best wishes. If you pray, let her know you’re praying for her.

2. Share your OWN story of success OR of pain. Struggling? Hey, I can relate. Doesn’t make you a bad person. It makes you human.

Share it if you want.

Or share something inspirational… something real.

If you ask me, this is more vital than any sale or any testimonial.

Cathryn, we’re pulling for you.

And something tells me you’re going to be living life no matter what it tosses your way.

Bravo, dear girl.

Jon Dana Benson

P.S. You may be asking yourself if I feel flattered that a reader is using one of my books to help her FEEL BETTER (not just drop bodyfat) during a time where most people would just curl up and shelter the storm.

Yes.

Yes I do.

More than that, however, I feel desperate.

There’s that word again: Desperation.

Desperate to do more than I do for people. Desperate to work harder on EODD to make it even better.

Desperate to communicate a message of hope that ALSO has a message of action.

The best kind of desperation you can have.

The kind that prompts you to be better.

Wish me luck.

P.P.S.  Important author disclaimer: After reading everyone’s incredible words of encouragement, I feel compelled to add two important caveats to this discussion. I am in no way endorsing ANY alternative means of healing, medicine, cancer cures, or religious ideologies from a personal or professional stance. The reasons for this stance are (legally) obvious. My personal convictions are being set aside in some cases because this story deserves the voice of my READERS, not just myself. (Good…now my attorney is a happy camper. ; )

Thanks, and keep sending positive messages!

February 23

Epic Diet FAIL: Monkey See, Monkey DON’T

When I was in my final year of graduate school in Abilene, Texas (can you believe that?) my buddies and I had a very uncommon hobby.

We went to the zoo and hung out with the monkeys.

Monkeys. I love ‘em. They may me chuckle. They remind me of my 3rd grade English teacher… she was about as bright as your garden-variety chimp. (She told me, “You’ll never amount to nothing!” on a weekly basis. What a lovely example to set for kids, right?)

Yet our trips to the zoo were centered around… shall we say….

more sinister motives.

These particular monkeys enjoyed throwing things at the people who got a bit too close to the cage…

… as in, well, 100 feet?

When I say “things” I do mean ANYTHING. I’ll let your mind imagine that picture… yikes.

But it was fun, in a “kids will be kids” kind of way.

Plus it was inspiring.

I mean, this one kid (monkey kid) had an arm on him so solid we wanted to draft him for our ailing football team.

“BLUE 24! BLUE 24! Banana cream pie…HUT!!”

Ah, I can hear it now… : )

Anyhoooo… that was all fun and games.

What I’m sharing with you today is NOT.

“Believe it or not, all this monkey business centers around Fat Albert.”

WAIT.

Fat Albert?

As in the old Cosby cartoon from way back in the 70s??

(Yeah, I’m dating myself… : )

Nah… not that Fat Albert.

The “fattest rhesus monkey on earth” Fat Albert.

They named him that for obvious reasons.

He… was…

“Gravitationally impaired.”

How’s that for being politically correct?

Actually, he was just ONE FAT MONKEY.

See below:

Fat Albert da Fat-Ass Monkey

"You gonna eat your fat?... "

In case you’re wondering, I didn’t doctor that image. That is the REAL Fat Albert monkey.

WOW.

Here’s why this sordid tale of college kids gone wild and dated cartoons applies to YOU:

Take a good look at Fat Albert.

Ask yourself: “How did he get so FAT?”

The answer, from his owner:

“He ate nothing but the American Heart Association recommended dietplan.”

Are you KIDDING ME??

THAT whale of a monkey at a low-fat, “healthy carb”, virtually meat-free dietplan?

And ended up like that?

Surely he was an oddity. The only one, right?

Wrong.

Seems The Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, Texas can make a monkey blubber up simply by doing one thing:

“Adding carbs to their diet.”

They’ve tested various carbs. The worst offenders are sugars and high-fructose corn syrup.

That should come as no surprise at all.

But an entire segment of monkeys get fat when they consume a dietplan recommended by the AHA… an organization with VERY questionable motives in my humble opinion.

( If you’re reading this on my blog, comment below and let me know what you think of the American Heart Association and their connection to the pharmaceutical boys. )

The AHA, and other government-funded orgs that depend on moolah from special interest groups, are not “the bad guys.”

Not entirely.

They do good things.

They also give out dietary advice that will do ANYTHING but keep you heart healthy and lean.

So that’s the bad news.

The GOOD news is that you can eat these tasty carbs at specific times.

And on specific days.

Here’s an example:

MONDAY: Lower calories (less than normal)
Keep your carbs low; eat only green veggies and one piece of low-sugar fruit for your carbs. Forget starch even exits. Consume ample protein from grass-fed sources, including eggs. Drink a lot of water.

TUESDAY:
Repeat Monday if you really want to burn bodyfat…

WEDNESDAY: Higher calories (more than normal)
Start the day with a brisk walk. Eat the same thing for breakfast as you did on Mon/Tue. Enjoy a modest portion of whatever you want for lunch.

Eat an apple BEFORE you eat lunch. Then eat whatever you desire. That evening, enjoy your favorite “healthy” carbs like a yam, brown rice, or whole grain bread. Just do not fool yourself into thinking this is the “good food”… it’s second- best AT best. But it tastes good, so enjoy. End the day with resistance exercise like bands, weights or bodyweight exercises.

EVEN BETTER: You’ll burn-off a lot more bodyfat if you START your day with resistance exercise and cardio.

A LOT more fat…

REPEAT CYCLE.

Take Sunday off to either fast (if you want to burn a LOT more bodyfat) or eat casually (which works if you are okay with losing a bit more slowly.)

Simple, right?

Except for… that morning workout I mentioned.

The problem is: TIME.

Yet the BENEFIT is far more bodyfat burned and a more shapely body.

Resistance exercise is the key. It ‘trains’ your body to accept carbohydrates from any form more readily… and that includes sugars.

So you can have your cake and be yummy too. : )

Like I said:

The problem is: TIME.

Here’s the solution to that problem. It beats the crap out of P90X and other time-heavy workout programs…

It takes only 7-14 minutes to complete plus a 9-minute cardio workout… that’s it.

AND… it will be the most challenging workout if you want it to be. I do it. I’m a bodybuilder.

You do the math.

My 7 Minute Body in-home or in-the-gym workout plan: <--- fast workouts; more fatloss

Listen: You have to come to terms with the fact that you will NEVER eat like a Puritan.

(Excuse that sentence if you happen to be a Puritan. ; )

So, if you want to actually ENJOY your life and your food without eating “perfect” all the time, you absolutely MUST learn the tricks of the trade.

Tricks that tell your body to use those extra calories and sugars as muscle fuel rather than bodyfat.

Tricks that demand your body burn off the excess calories consumed BECAUSE you ate the RIGHT way…. the clever way… 24-48 hours prior.

That is the plan I covered above… granted, without much detail. It’s covered in more detail in my book “The Every Other Day Diet”…

But you have to get the workout in to make this monkey business turn into body magic.

And the best, most time-friendly workout is this:

My 7 Minute Body in-home or in-the-gym workout plan: <--- fast workouts; more fatloss

Enjoy, and watch out for falling bananas.

February 4

Audio Interview with Bill Phillips

Tranformation by Bill PhillipsFor those of you who were lucky enough to pick up Bill Phillips’ latest work, Transformation, you’re in for a special treat today.

As promised, here’s the audio interview I did with Bill concerning the three “Transformation Essentials” that many readers may miss when going through the Transformation Solution System.

When I read Bill’s book and looked over the entire System, I knew these three critical keys to weight loss success MAY be overlooked by eager readers. I missed one of them myself at first.

Enjoy the audio!

P.S. You can also download the MP3 by right-clicking here.

P.P.S. Don’t have a copy of Transformation by Bill Phillips? CLICK HERE to pick it up today.