Archive for the ‘Every Other Day Diet’ Category

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.

December 17

Fatloss In Maui, Day 1

Now for something completely different: Me doing video blogs from Maui, Hawaii.

This year Hanna and I decided to head to Maui with a group of 10 other friends. This is part business, part pleasure… well, all pleasure if you consider the digs and the environment, weather, food… yeah. It’s pleasure. : )

Here’s a pic of where we’re staying: The Grand Wailea…

The Grand Wailea pools

I know… it doesn’t suck.

Here’s the first of many daily videos coming up on how I plan to lose body fat while on vacation… in Maui… for two weeks… and with 10 crazy friends. Quite the task, eh? Will my Every Other Day Diet Plan actually allow me to enjoy Maui to the fullest while still losing body fat? Let’s see… live. : )

Oh, fyi: I have spent the last 3 months out of the gym as I healed up a ruptured bicep tendon (ouch). This was a repetitive stress injury that I blame myself for, as I should have known that increasing weight on hammer curls as quickly as I was (from 30s for 10 to 65s for 8 in a matter of 8 weeks) was too hard on my tendons. Lesson learned. Since my legs are already very well-developed and grow quickly, and also partly due to the fact I was pretty bummed out over the injury, I took the entire time off.

I didn’t eat that great either. A move and a new company on top of this injury put me a bit off my game, at least for the first 2 months of dealing with it all. My body fat crept up to 12%; even higher prior to remembering to follow my own good advice! (ha) Doesn’t sound like much, but that’s double my normal body fat of 6%, give or take a percent.

Here’s my goals… see for yourself what can be done as I do it live.

NOTE: Each of these videos will be short and recorded on an iPhone, so they’re as scruffy as I intend to be for the next few weeks…

Aloha!

Jon

P.S. Click on the funny banner below to learn about the diet plan I’m using. I am switching from my “Extreme” version to the “Primer” every-other-day plan for the duration of this trip, give or take a day here and there where I go two on Burn, one off Feed…

September 13

2 Quick Recipe Tips

One of the most surprising benefits I’ve discovered for being engaged to a gal from the Middle East, other than the vast cultural exchange, is the cooking.

Oh, yes ladies… my gal COOKS!

Which is good since I am a lousy cook. : )

Hanna enjoys it… and she brings a Middle Eastern flair to some really boring fitness/bodybuilding foods that I want to share with you today.

Here’s just two quick tips from Hanna on making the ultimate in “boring” foods — egg whites and tuna (yuck) — taste incredible.

TIP 1:
Lively Egg White Omelette

Let’s face facts: Egg whites suck. At least that’s what I USED to think until Hanna decided to experiment with my morning omelette.

Now I eat this stuff like it was candy.

Here’s what she does:

1. She cooks the veggies separate from the egg whites. You’d think this would be common sense, but I never did it and I’ve seen a lot of people just toss it all in together.

2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil to the veggies. This alone improved the taste tremendously.

3. Add 1/2 egg yolk to the veggies after cooking for 1 minute. This, again, is primarily for taste.

4. Garlic! If you love garlic, here’s your chance. Garlic ROCKS in egg white omelets.

5. Use Pam or another non-stick spray for the egg whites and cook them like you would a normal omelette. Then pour the almost-cooked veggies in the middle. Do the omelette dance.

6. Here’s the SECRET SAUCE… literally. This will sound nuts until you try it:

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Okay… Hanna’s bright, but this was an accident. She thought it was salsa. But I’ve NEVER gone back to salsa after stumbling on this incredible treat! I have no idea why it tastes so good, but it makes the omelette.

Try these tips and see if your egg white omelette doesn’t become your favorite meal of the day.

TIP 2:
Canned Tuna Extraordinaire

Again, I have the lovely Hanna to thank for this.

Like egg whites, I used to HATE canned tuna. Now, again, I can eat this every night without complaint.

Here’s what she does:

She cooks the veggies the same way as in the omelette above and then pours the tuna from the can into a skillet. That’s IT.

I’ve never had “tuna ala skillet” before… and I have no clue why this tastes so smooth and delicious, but it does.

If you hate canned tuna for being dry or tasteless, try this. You’ll never go back.

If you want 40 pages of recipes like this… very yummy and VERY healthy… then be sure to pick up my EODD “Favorite Foods” Dieplan.

Here’s more about it:

Every Other Day Diet

Remember:
Don’t Quit. Get Fit!

P.S. Most of the recipes that come with my EODD book can be prepared in 15 minutes or less… so do not let the clock become your enemy when it comes to getting lean!

And remember: You can eat your favorite foods several days per week on my plan and still get rid of excess bodyweight.

Why give up living when you don’t have to, right? : )

September 8

[audio] Insane amount of free diet information!

Scott Colby, CPT just interviewed me recently for “Fit Pros Against Cancer.” My job: Help give away a TON of free fitness information to his listeners as they called into the show.

And I think I did a pretty good job.

You tell me… ; )

Here’s what we cover in just about 30 minutes…

  1. How much fat can you burn (and inches can you lose) in just 6 days?…
  2. How to make fatloss “easier” (not ‘easy’… but easier!)…
  3. What to do about perimenopause and menopause stress and the fat-gain that comes with it… AND…
  4. The “Stress-Free” dietplan for women who fight the “pooch” or who are going through perimenopause or menopause!
  5. Is exercise worthless if you sit down while you work?…
  6. What about fitness for “seniors”?… Can you gain muscle and shed fat past the age of 60?
  7. An inhome exercise that lasts 7 minutes but that can increase the lifespan of women by up to 60%! …
  8. The shocking truth about whole grains and disease…
  9. The “myth” of shaping/building muscle AND dropping bodyfat at the same time… hear the TRUTH about this once and for all! …
  10. How you can have your cake (literally!) and eat it too (i.e. get all the fatburning benefits while still enjoying desserts)…
  11. How to “reboot” your key fatburning hormone using nothing more than the food in your refrigerator!…
  12. This freee substance uses 90% or more of your calories… and you need more of it… find out what it is!…
  13. The “Food Purist” versus the “Food Rebel”… which one are you?…
  14. The one thing you can to TODAY without hardly any effort to improve your appearance and your health!…
  15. 2 simple exercises you can do at work to remove back strain and improve your abs (yes… ABS!)…
  16. Why the “baby boomer” generation is literally being left out of most fitness plans… and a plan that’s perfectly suited for all boomers!…
  17. The 1 trick I use to workout without nagging injuries! …
  18. Why exrercise decreases 1 critical sex-hormone… and what you can do to prevent it (even increase it!) …
  19. The importance of strength over the age of 30 (it’s not what you think… and it’s VITAL!) …
  20. And more!

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