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How to Eat Anything You Want and Be Fit for Life Part 2

This is the second article in which I take a look at the so-called “EET Fitness Plan”, a diet and exercise plan that claims you can eat the foods you love every day for the rest of your life and be healthier and fitter than you currently are, all with the magic of timing. Before continuing, please read my first article if you haven’t already.

Okay, so I e-mailed Jon Pearlstone, founder of EET, and asked to be part of the mailing list. I had a reply in my inbox the very next morning and Jon was very polite and enthusiastic, and even encouraged me to ask questions, so I did. I had already read everything on his blog at that point, and was curious about several points. Before continuing, I also recommend you read the articles in his blog as well, just so you can see where Jon and I are coming from.

Jon Pearlstone Interview

The questions and answers below are copied and pasted from the actual e-mail that Jon and I exchanged at that point. I want to be as truthful and exact in this review of EET as much as I can, so I didn’t change anything:

ME: Several of your articles mention a term known as the “metabolic window“, which there are two of: After waking and after exercising. This means that the large meals you advertise on EET are eaten during these time periods. You also mention in one of your videos that you eat “healthy” food during the other times of the day, when the windows are closed. My first question is what composes these healthy foods? I’m not actually asking for anything very specific, as I know that’s obviously going to be part of your “members only” section. A very general overview will be sufficient (eg: fruits and vegetables)

JON: The “healthy foods” in EET are actually part of every meal. It’s a very easy formula to remember that includes number of grams of protein, fiber, a vegetable or fruit serving (for antioxidants) and a glass of water with each meal.

So EET members need to have some familiarity with how much protein and fiber are in various foods, but it’s not necessary to be exact.  Just being aware that these need to be met with each meal and including an amount that is close works just fine.  In addition to these minimum requirements for each meal, during metabolic window periods, an EETer can add to that base meal other foods they love as the high glycemic carbs (which is what most people choose — sweets, chips, ice cream, etc) will be used by the body for restoration of glycogen stores and muscle recovery.

ME: Directly following the first question, how many total meals a day do you recommend?

JON: This varies based on the schedule of each member — but EET definitely does NOT recommend 6  small meals a day — that’s fine if you want to train your metabolism to handle six small meals.  Most people like to eat big meals so EET makes sure bigger meals are included at the right times which actually improves metabolism as it makes it work even harder – plus it’s a hellova lot more satisfying and fun to eat big meals too (imho)!

ME: You mention that EET does not count calories, which I like, but how does one regulate the large meals without going too far? Is it portion control, similar to what The Zone recommends (eg: size of hand or plate, etc), or is it based on simply being more sensitive to one’s satiety signals?

JON: This is covered under EET’s Golden Rule, which is a simple concept on how to regulate quantities of food, but takes a lot of practice.  EET absolutely positively is against any arbitrary portion control as it only serves to lead to deprivation and certainly not satiety.  EET’s Golden Rule is 100% oriented towards being satisfied with what and how much you eat and never being hungry to the point where you feel you need to eat, but rather can wait comfortably until the next correct TIME to eat. Portion Control like the zone leads to weight gain and is not sustainable in my opinion for anyone who truly loves to eat anyway and doesn’t want a lifetime of suffering struggling sacrificing and starving (all of which are specifically forbidden in EETs guidelines).

ME: You mention that you work out 5-6 times a week, and that all the workouts last less than an hour. Do you prefer and / or recommend a single type (I’m guessing a HIIT variation here, if ever) or do you rotate several types, like the traditional periodization methods that current elite athletes use?

JON: I didn’t say all of the workouts last less than an hour.  I said all of the workouts last less than 30 MINUTES! :-).  The workouts are HIIT variations and EET has 2 distinct formats of workouts that best work with your metabolism for different times of the day–although there is quite a bit of flexibility in when and how people can workout within these 2 formats.  All other forms of exercise (biking, tennis, hiking) are considered EET Activities so members can still do all their things they are into but add a 20-30 minute EET workout which is really what creates the fat loss and retrain your metabolism.

You can rotate several different types of workouts but it’s a stronger metabolic message to master 1-2 workouts before adding other workouts.  EET has a feature called EET Progressions which guides you to develop a path to improved fitness that gets you to your specific goals (weight, functional strength, etc)

This article covers more on EET’s use of Muscle Mastery in its training of your body and your metabolism:

Muscle Mastery Over Muscle Confusion Every Time

ME: Directly following question 4, is there a dramatic change in the types of food that can be eaten during the non-workout days?

JON: Not at all.   It might affect the time you can eat a “treat” as you don’t have a metabolic window you are working with, but you still follow the protein fiber veggie formula for each meal and eat more foods if you need them–and EET recommends you eat a treat at the best possible time for your schedule on your day too–so you won’t feel deprived EVER — keeping in mind that you are not getting the benefit of your EET workout that particular day.

My Conclusions

I replied to the e-mail saying that I was satisfied with his answers and would write-up a review of EET based on everything I had learned thus far, along with my own, personal knowledge of fitness and nutrition to fill in the gaps he intentionally left out for the paid members. Jon quickly replied and absolutely did not want me to continue! Shocking!

He loved the idea of an honest review of EET from a third-party source, but did not want me to “fill in the gaps” with my personal knowledge, saying that even a slight deviation from his methods would not be EET at all and did not want anyone to view EET as such.

He and I still wanted the review to be made, though. So what did Jon propose? He wanted to make me an official member, so I can see EET for all its glory. And you know what? I accepted.

TO BE CONTINUED …

Hello, I'm Noel Blanco and I write Fitness Philippines. I have been involved in physical fitness for more than 10 years now and am currently taking up graduate studies on Exercise and Sports Science at the University of the Philippines.

13 Comments

  1. Dawn @ Probiotics LoveThatBug

    October 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Glad to hear it is working so well for you Lisa. I’ve joined the program and am getting to grips with the food choices.

    I mostly eat pretty well but have a couple of bad habits that combined with increasing years and working at the computer most of the day have led to increasing weight that I have real trouble shifting.

    Will have my first “chat” tomorrow – if Jon and I can work out our time zone differences :) – and looking forward to seeing how I can fit those few foods I struggle to give up into my diet without piling on the pounds.

    Certainly hope that I get a similar result to yourself.

    • fitnessphp

      October 30, 2010 at 9:24 pm

      Great to hear you’re trying out EET too, Dawn! Your circumstance is pretty similar to mine, which is why I was raring to see if EET actually does work. Jon’s a great communicator so I’m sure he can work something out with you.

      • Dawn @ Probiotics LoveThatBug

        October 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm

        It will be interesting to see how we both go.

        Jon has been very helpful so I am sure he will be able to show me how to sneak my diet-busting “can’t life with out it” foods in!

  2. Lisa

    October 30, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I have LOST 6.2 pounds IN THREE WEEKS! No starvation, no suffering, very little exercise, and I get to eat stuff I love. I’m retraining my metabolism to burn MORE and MORE EFFICIENTLY through the EET program (www.eetfit.com). I’ve always been watching my weight and I have NEVER had results like this, all without sacrificing good food.

    But as Jon can attest, I’ve hardly been perfect at it. Over the course of the last few weeks I have: attended a local fair,… drinking beer all day long and consuming funnel cake, peanuts, etc.; had a birthday for my husband, which included an enormous amount of coffee cake; been to an all-you-can eat pasta dinner with wonderful goodies for dessert; had mounds of pancakes for Sunday brunch every week. I’ve only done the recommened exercises maybe two or three times in that time frame, and there was no correlation between the exercise and the above-mentioned indulgences. Cookies and almond butter are staples in my diet.

    Jon worked so closely with me to develop meals that I enjoy I’m not sure what I’d have to do to fail at this. He really knows his stuff, and he’s so incredibly involved in what we do. I talk/email with him every day about my progress. His personal interest, his encouragement, and his advice – on top of the mechanics of the program – are really what’s keeping me successful!

    If you’ve got a few to lose, check it out. You can’t be disappointed. I endorse his program so strongly because I am so thankful to him for helping me get back into my skinny jeans!

  3. Lisa

    October 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I’m new to EET and have lost 6.2 pounds over the last three weeks. No starvation, no suffering, very little exercise, and I get to eat stuff I love. I’m retraining my metabolism to burn MORE and MORE EFFICIENTLY throught the EET program (www.eetfit.com). I am happy to endorse Jon and his program because I am profoundly grateful to him for getting me out of a weight loss rut and back into my skinny jeans.

    I’m a foodie and I’ve always been battling the bulge (oh for maybe 30 years now?) and I have NEVER had results like this, all without sacrificing good food. My goal was to lose the “last” 10 pounds (back to 125), and somehow the last 10 has always been impossible. Not any more! In fact, I’ve reset my goal to try to achieve an even lower weight, which would be my lowest ever.

    By the way, I went from 1000 calories a day + Power90 videos (and of course starving) – losing maybe half pound per week – to being satieted (or totally full), happy, enjoying my meals, and losing 2+ pounds per week. It’s a bit of an adjustment at first, but the routine is easy to maintain and, well, the results make it totally worth a small adjustment period.

    But as Jon can attest, I’ve hardly been perfect at EET, which doesn’t expect perfection anyway. Over the course of the last few weeks I have: attended a local fair, drinking beer all day long and consuming funnel cake, peanuts, etc.; had a birthday for my husband, which included an enormous amount of coffee cake (um, okay, like half of one?); been to an all-you-can eat pasta dinner with wonderful goodies for dessert; had mounds of pancakes for Sunday brunch every week. I’ve only done the recommened exercises maybe two or three times in that time frame (even though they are AWESOME and fun), and there was no correlation between metabolic windows and the above-mentioned indulgences. Cookies and almond butter are staples in my diet now, by the way. Guilt is NOT.

    Jon worked so closely with me to develop meals that I enjoy I’m not sure what I’d have to do to fail at this. He really knows his stuff, and he’s so incredibly involved in what we do. I talk/email with him every day about my progress. His personal interest, his encouragement, and his advice – on top of the mechanics of the program – are really what’s keeping me successful!

  4. Doreen R

    October 30, 2010 at 8:57 am

    How Exciting For You. Looking Forward To Seeing How This All Goes.

    • fitnessphp

      October 30, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks very much, Doreen! I’m actually having a blast with EET at the moment. More new articles to come!

  5. Dawn @ Probiotics LoveThatBug

    October 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks Jon. I have your email and have responded.

    We seem to have a missing email in the ether, folks. It happens. Responses other than to the missing email have been great and apologies to Jon if I made them sound unprofessional.

  6. Jon

    October 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Dawn

    What responses are slow? We got your forms and sent you the new member guide booklet and sample meals–have you written with more questions or a request for your consultation and we have not replied?

    We have no further communication from you–please email us at [email protected] with anything you need and you will get a prompt response.

    I only reply here so readers can know we pride ourselves on VERY prompt thorough responses.

    Any other questions from anyone, please fire away.

    Jon
    EET Fitness

  7. Dawn @ Probiotics LoveThatBug

    October 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I’ve joined EET too!

    I’m not quite sure why they sell it as a “junk food” diet because I don’t see it as that at all. Most of the suggestions about food are sensible – the only controversial point being the eating of extra carbs during the metabolic window.

    I love the exercise routines and can certainly see me increasing general fitness with them. Hadn’t realized that months in front of the computer had left my core so weak!

    Responses seem a little slow but perhaps they’re too busy reading HiveHealthMedia!

    I mostly eat a good diet but fall down on too many deserts and chocolates so am interested to see if the EET plan helps me with that.

    • Jarret

      October 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      Hey Dawn, the EET fitness plan is starting to sound more reasonable now that I’ve heard more about it too. I really didn’t know much about it except I follow Jon on Twitter and he keeps tweeting about eating Dilly Bars… ;)

      • Jon

        October 30, 2010 at 8:57 am

        EET’s basic premise is that you’ve gotta eat what you love if you hope to have a sustainable weight loss plan — just gotta eat it at the right time(s)! For me, among many many other things — I love Dilly Bars!

  8. Sean Dent

    October 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Verrrrrrry interesting to say the least. I’m still a skeptic of any program that is so rigid.
    Hmm…
    Looking forward to more info on this.

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