We, that’s Marion and I, are people, maybe just like you, who love cruising. Like many others, we hope to get back to cruising at the end of the year, fingers crossed. The information on this page works equally as well for those taking any all-inclusive holiday.
We have devoted the last fifteen years developing our unique psychology-based, permanent weight loss technique. With a client list of over a thousand people, celebrities included, we have completed 15,000 hours of 1:1 client treatment time. This has provided first-hand knowledge of the psychological issues overweight people have about food, food choices and eating.
cruising and weight loss, is a dream ticket. So, back to you: what would be utopia, for you, and the majority of cruise passengers? We believe it would be enjoy every meal and cocktail, and return home the same weight as when you left. We think that’s possible.
ou wore the day you embarked! Cruise tourists? There are many sayings and clichés: they go on board as passengers and roll back down the gangway as cargo. Crew often describe them as a herd of cows: large, easily contented, and grazing all day!
. Resist the temptation to reach for food just because it’s there in front of you! You will be faced with virtually unlimited food temptations whilst on the cruise. So, if you’ve practiced building up your resistance beforehand, you’re less likely to succumb!
overweight people tend to confirm that they eat when they are tired, sad, lonely, depressed, bored, stressed, or to reward themselves? Seldom do they mention the word hunger!
ahead of a cruise, especially if you’ve booked the fully-inclusive “drinks package”. You can potentially save yourself hundreds of calories, helping you to shift a couple of pounds over a few weeks. You will definitely have chance to more than make up for your period of abstinence, once you’re on board!
that alcohol will rapidly increase the perceived levels of hunger, resulting in a double negative effect?
to help you. Find a couple of minutes each day, maybe when you wake in the morning, or just before you go to sleep at night, to visualise yourself, walking on board the ship, a couple of pounds lighter than normal, feeling like a million dollars, full of confidence. Visualise how others will see you; try to experience in your mind your elevated level of energy.
is getting the athlete to ‘see the end before the beginning.’ We call it ‘Going Back to The Future’: it works… And, just before you leave home to join your cruise ship, why not get on the scales and weigh yourself. Make a note of the result, and then you will have the data written down ready for your return. Hopefully you will be a couple of pounds, maybe more, lighter than normal when you leave: that alone should ensure you arrive at the ship with a particularly large smile on your face.
at your optimum weight, or ideally, just below it. Maybe you have chosen your cabin, maybe purchased a drinks package, and possibly even considered the menus in the speciality dining restaurants. You are full of confidence, feeling and looking great, better than you have for ages. Let the fun begin!
that the further away a person sits from the food at a buffet, the less likely they are to overeat1? So, put as much distance as possible between you and the food! It’s also helpful if you make a point of sitting with your back to the food once you’ve made your choice, so you’re not looking at, and being tempted by all of the other different dishes on offer, while you’re actually eating your meal.
so the more attractive the food looks, the more appetising it tastes! Also, the more of the appealing food we can see, the more tempted we might be to overindulge ”. Make your decisions quickly and then walk away from temptation, before you reach for even more options that you’ve just spotted.
that asking your partner to visit the buffet and choose a small selection of food for you, rather than you viewing the wonderful variations available, is almost guaranteed to reduce your total calorie consumption? Do ensure, however, they only visit the buffet once; our observational research indicated that most overweight people visit the buffet three times per sitting!!! So “out of sight, out of mind” really may help!
or asking for sauces to be served on the side. Never feel obliged to choose something from all the various courses on offer. Not many people actually need a four-course meal every day!
then be aware that it’s easier to drink calories mindlessly than to eat them in the form of solid food. As a typical cocktail can contain several hundred calories, you could regard it as a dessert (in fact it is probably worse than a dessert!). Your body, in all probability, doesn’t need a calorie-laden drink as well as a pudding, so if you’re going for the cocktail, skip the dessert, and vice-versa!
that alcohol is referred to as the ‘devil’ when it comes to weight control? Not only does it enhance hunger, guaranteeing that you are tempted to eat more, but also it is regarded as a toxin by the body. This results in it being processed quickly, and ahead of anything else in your stomach. This means that if you had half a bottle of wine with your steak and all the trimmings, the body would metabolise the alcohol first, leaving the steak and fries in your stomach to turn to fat: sad, but true.
letting your hair down and breaking free from your usual everyday stresses and strains. Now it’s time to assess the damage and face up to the excess baggage you’ve possibly brought back home with you, after a week or so of indulging in that delicious food and enticing alcohol!
after you get home so you can establish and record your post-cruise weight. People often find that at least some of the personal “excess baggage” they return home with thankfully leaves them very quickly of its own accord, especially if you consider the potential water retention if you’ve had to fly to and from your cruise.
It is of little use being negative and dwelling on what might have been, or feeling down about a little weight gain. If, going forward, you focus all your energy on being positive and concentrating on what you DO want to achieve, then you will get the desired outcome. You get whatever you focus on, so focus on looking ahead and getting your body back shipshape again!
And ‘little’ is the important word here. Very small steps, changes in a person’s relationship with food and just what and how much they eat, can return enormous, positive results. Think: ‘Could I cut out, or cut down on sugar? Could I reduce the amount of carbohydrates that I eat? Could I take a short walk each day?’
1. Keep away from the Cocktails.
Lounging around on a boat for multiple hours per day, maybe incorporating an afternoon nap on a sun lounger, could result in you burning as few as just 600 calories,.And, as if that’s not bad enough, it’s quite likely to only take around eight minutes or so, to drink the same 600 calories in one Piña Colada! Shocking, but true! Give the cocktails a wide berth….
2. Try to skip one of your meals each day on board.
The extensive choice of delicious food can be one of the main attractions on board a cruise ship, and sometimes cruisers can find it challenging to avoid slipping into what we call “The Last Supper” syndrome, whenever they are eating in one of the many different restaurants.
Whilst there’s nothing wrong with indulging yourself occasionally, it will become a potential issue if you follow the Last Supper mentality all day and every day during your cruise! We’re not saying that you have to miss out on anything, just be realistic, and if you really can’t decide between two different options, don’t be afraid to ask for just a small taster of each, rather than ordering a full-size portion.
3. Eat when you’re hungry, not bored.
How many people, who have issues around their weight find themselves eating for the wrong reason? They eat when they are bored, sad, lonely, depressed, tired or just to please someone else. Don’t let that be you!
4. Take a stroll around the deck at night before bed.
We’re not talking about going for a jog or playing a game of squash! We are suggesting that after dinner, just taking a stroll around the deck. The fresh air, and gentle exercise will ensure you are in the best position to digest your food, and have a pleasant night’s sleep.
5. Don’t save the best till last, ever.
When you ask an overweight person what order they eat their food in, most will confirm they save the best bit till last. If you watch slim people eat, you will notice that generally they tend to eat the food on the plate in equal amounts throughout the meal. Overweight people save whatever is their favourite, let’s say it’s fillet steak, until the end, almost like it’s their reward for clearing their plate. As a result, they have to carry on, feeling obligated to hoover their way through every last morsel to get the prize!
consists of twelve, one-hour weight loss sessions, with Martin and Marion Shirran. Between them they have accumulated ten thousand hours of treatment time in the weight loss arena. In addition to the twelve sessions, clients receive a number of videos, animated presentations, visual aids and hypnosis sessions.
is new and refreshing, incorporating the latest, science-based, behavioural change techniques. Completely based on an approach that has changed the lives of over a thousand people. You too can experience the benefits, the changes in your life, and your thinking around food: maybe today… Martin, above, went on to lose 84 pounds.