Okay, so by this time, I’ve already read and watched everything the EET website and blog has to offer me, and have exchanged quite a few e-mails with Jon. Starting from this article, I will go over the major aspects of EET, which, again, is Eating and Exercise Timing. This particular article will cover Timing, and the following articles will cover Eating, then Exercise.
First of all, though, I’d like to point out that I was way off with what I first thought the rules of EET were going to be. As I mentioned in part 2, I initially wanted to create my review of EET based solely on what I gathered based on all the free articles and videos available. I am very glad that Jon made me an official member so that I could see all the details of EET and how it actually works.
That said, the following articles beginning with this one give only a brief overview of EET, despite the fact that there will be at least three of them (one for each major component). While I do advise people to be critical about the content of the review and share their thoughts as well as ask questions, I do not advise you use the content of the articles as your sole resource in starting or trying EET.
As I mentioned, I originally thought that I had enough of the key components based on the available free content, but was still way off. This could result in you actually gaining weight instead of losing it, since you might handle the “junk food” aspect of the plan horribly wrong (like, uh, I did, hehe), as well as get possibly injured by the exercise routine I will eventually explain.
So, if you are honestly intrigued by EET and want to give it a try as soon as possible, you’d better act fast because membership will close from November 15 – January 1. Jon wants to concentrate on EET’s existing members during the holiday period so does not have the time to evaluate new members. Membership will, of course, be accepted again after that time span.
[box type="note"]Now that that’s all clear, it’s time to get the ball rolling and discuss the Timing aspects of the EET Fitness Plan.[/box]
First of all, and this concerns everything about the plan and not necessarily just the timing, EET has guidelines, but no actual rules. This means that every rule pertaining to EET can and should be easily customized to suit each participant’s daily life. Jon stresses this a lot in his videos and when he communicates with you.
He clearly states several times that you should follow the guidelines as close as you can for the best possible results, but that your life comes first and should not be taken over by a fitness plan. So, if some sudden appointments, meetings, emergencies, and whatnot make the foods or exercises you planned for at certain times completely unavailable, that’s fine. Just move on and do better next time. Your life doesn’t have to totally realign because of a new fitness deal, and Jon understands that perfectly.
Next is what EET calls “forecasting”, which is the primary timing tool for the plan. It’s what helps the participant eat the right types of food and perform the right sorts of exercise at recommended times to reach his or her fitness goals. It is an activity where the participant spends 15 minutes or less a week to make a schedule of how he or she should follow EET. Here’s a sample daily forecast I made for myself with advice from Jon:
Tuesday, November 9, 2010:
Each participant is also advised to review his or her forecast at the start of each day and make any necessary changes. This shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes and should only include things such as, for example, me moving the strength circuits to 5:30 PM instead of doing them at 4:30 PM because I found out the day prior that I had to attend a seminar at 4:00 PM. This allows the participant to still the follow the plan as closely as possible while still being in control.
What dieter hasn’t found him or herself doing the same sort of routine in the past, especially if the plan being followed has rules such as “eat protein every three hours” or “never eat anything four hours before bed”? I certainly have, and have done so for years. It’s worked very well for me in the past, and I love that EET uses a similar methodology.
It was only natural that I picked up forecasting rather easily, but not without proper EET consultation. My initial problem was that I tended to unconsciously change my forecasts too much on a daily basis. Jon helped me to sort everything out so that I followed a more definite pattern from day-to-day. After all, “Eating and Exercise Timing” doesn’t really work very well if your timing is erratic every day.
Again, this is where I don’t advise going on EET without having a proper membership and thus, access to an EET consultant. Even after I had access to all the member-only information and had time for all of it to sink in, I still messed up!
Anyway, a properly forecasted schedule is also incredibly helpful to fight things such as cravings. If the schedule is well made, then you should always have food in your system when you need it and never be hungry at inopportune times. If the craving is purely mental, as it usually is, then you can just take a look at the schedule and remind yourself when the proper time to eat next is.
Ah, eating; What seems to be the most controversial aspect of EET. The term “junk food” just instantly strikes fear and loathing in every dieter out there. But, still, as my sample forecast above clearly indicates, EET can allow you to eat them up to two times a day. Wait a minute, twice a day? Does that forecast have some serious typos?
Well, no, but then again, I’ve only just started on EET and can’t really vouch for it myself yet. But, in the meantime, check out these guys’ stories and see for yourself what others thought of eating junk food up to two times a day. Mark here lost 25 pounds and has maintained it after a year of being on EET and this doctor seems to have slimmed down successfully. So, what do you think? How can all this be possibly true? Find out next time as I reveal the details of how to eat on EET!