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Let me be straight with you. Vegans have a harder time getting their protein needs met than vegetarians. Why? Vegetarians usually allow protein-rich foods such as eggs, cottage cheese, tofu, and Greek yogurt, while vegans stick with just the plants. That doesn’t make it impossible to be a vegan on Cruise Control, it just means that you’ll have to pay close attention to your macronutrients. Thanks to new plant-based protein powders, you can now get safe, delicious, and low-sugar and low- carb vegan sources of protein made from peas, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, artichokes, quinoa, and other grains. Sometimes the science of processed foods can churn out something beneficial. This faction of the food industry has figured out how to isolate the good protein from these different plant sources and make it into a yummy, easy protein powder. Just be sure to check the labels, and then adapt as needed. I use the protein powders made by 22 Days Nutrition because they keep the ingredients simple and real (see Resources, page 000, for more information). If you’re looking for dairy substitutes, coconut and almond milk are my favorites (unsweetened, of course).

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The interesting outcome among the Cruisers I’ve worked with is that they all tell me that they don’t feel as if they are on a diet. So, Cruisers don’t usually feel like they need to “go off ” Cruise Control. However, I’m a realist, so if you need to take a few days or even a week off, try to keep it to a modified Burn of ten or even eleven hours a day. You can still maximize the Burn/Boost food lists and minimize the bad guys. If you stick with Cruise Control 80 percent of the time, you’ll still get plenty of benefits. Just keep in mind that the closer you stay to an eight-to-sixteen Boost-to-Burn ratio, the better and faster your results.

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See chapter 8, but yes. Many people assume that the Burn Zone will be just like fasting, and they expect that they won’t have the energy for ex- ercise or to deal with physically demanding jobs. Yes, exercise and phys- ical activity demand extra energy from the body—but you’ll have plenty of it. Your body will be primed to first burn through your glycogen, the limited sugar stored in the liver. Since there is extra demand for energy during exercise, and since glycogen is limited, it runs out faster, and your body turns to fat burning—and we all have plenty of energy in our fat stores to keep us going for days on end without food.

On Cruise Control, your muscles adapt to burning fat for energy. Athletes only hit the proverbial “wall” when they haven’t been adapted to a Burn/Boost style of eating. Their bodies are relying on sugar for energy (and it’s limited). However, when you are adapted to burning fat, the breakdown of fat for energy is enhanced, and you won’t run into any walls. Your performance won’t suffer during exercise. However, during the first week or two when you are adjusting to the change from burning sugar to burning fat, you may notice a slight reduction in your physical energy. During this time you will be teaching your body to expect to use energy from fat. Be patient—you will regain your previous energy and more.

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If you have diabetes or take diabetes medication, it’s also important for you to talk to your doctor about the Cruise Control program. Certain diabetes medications, such as metformin, are sometimes used for other conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome. Check your blood sugar as directed by your doctor, and adjust your medications as recom- mended. Close monitoring by your physician is essential because your blood sugar will decrease, and if you take medications, you could be- come hypoglycemic. If you repeatedly have low blood sugar, it means that your medications need to be adjusted, not that Cruise Control isn’t working. When I work with diabetic clients, I insist on close monitoring by a physician to track and anticipate blood sugar changes and medica- tion adjustments.

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Certain drugs can cause side effects on an empty stomach. Ibuprofen can cause stomach distress and ulcers. Iron supplements make some people feel nauseous. Metformin, a common medicine for diabetics, can do the same and may cause diarrhea to boot. It should be fine to adjust these medicines to a time after a Boost Zone Meal. Many medications might be okay after consuming the healthy fats that are in the Burn Zone foods and drinks. If you have any concerns, discuss it with your doctor.

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You sure can. However, if you burp herbs or fish oil, get woozy, or have stomach discomfort, wait until your Boost Zone to take your vitamins and supplements.

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You’d be breaking your Burn. The best way to achieve maximum results is to stick to the Burn Zone treats. If you feel like you need something before your morning workout, have Cruise Control Coffee or Tea.

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After you’ve completed four full weeks (twenty-eight days) on Cruise Control, you can schedule a cheat meal once every ten days. This is key for sustainability and life enjoyment. But a “cheat meal” does not mean gorging at the all-you-can-eat buffet. Aim to eat a healthy meal first, and then choose a food that you’ve been missing. Maybe you want to go to the Cheesecake Factory for a piece of chocolate hazelnut crunch cheese- cake. Or maybe having surf and turf with all the trimmings and your favorite steakhouse sounds more appealing—go for it. Keep your indul- gences to one day every ten days, and you won’t lose any of the progress you’ve made. More often and you’ll go back to burning sugar and stor- ing fat.

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First of all, you won’t be skipping breakfast. Remember that you can al- ways enjoy a creamy, frothy delicious Cruise Control Coffee or Tea. We know from all of the studies we’ve gathered that the Cruise Control Diet will help you lose weight, regardless of when you choose to Boost and Burn. Also, a lot of recent research shows that skipping breakfast actu- ally reduces the number of overall calories a person eats in a day. That said, you’re free to schedule your Boost and Burn Zones whenever you like (see “Choose Your Window,” page 000). Feel free to break your Burn at 7:00 or 8:00 in the morning and end your Boost at three or four in the afternoon. If you’d rather have dinner with your family a bit later, adjust your schedule. Just choose the Boost and Burn that works best for you!

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Have a drink. Tea, hot or iced. Sparkling water with lime, or just a big cup of ice cold water. Your belly will be full, and the hunger will pass.

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Definitely. The fat-burning effects that come with Cruise Control are ramped up even higher when you work out. Consider that the sleek, sexy actress, dancer, model, and good friend Brooke Burke is a commit- ted Cruiser. She exercises lots, every day, and she says that the Burn to Boost Zones gives her more energy than ever before. “It used to be that I’d wake up super hungry, make a shake that probably had a thousand calories in it, do my workout, then be hungry again and have a big lunch, then I’d snack until dinner time—I was always eating,” says Brooke. “I was fit, but I was at the edge of my ideal weight, and I had to work really hard for it.” Now that Brooke follows Cruise Control, she says she’s never hungry and feels free and energized to work out harder. Plus, she no longer has to try so hard to be at her ideal weight.

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No, you can’t. The one way that you can break your Cruise Control is with sugar, especially the sort that come in beverages. Did you know that the average adult in the United States drinks an astounding 450 calories a day? Ordering a Starbucks Iced Coffee with milk? If you don’t request unsweetened, a venti drink has 170 calories and 140 of those calories are sugar. Thankfully, it’s also easy to cut out. So go ahead with your order, just go unsweetened and sans the milk. If you must have creamer, ask for a splash of heavy cream (yep, Starbucks has it). Better yet, stick to calorie-free drinks, and make your Cruise Control Coffee at home.

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Yes. I encourage coffee and tea—it’s an appetite suppressant. Caffeine also comes with a mild diuretic effect, so drink plenty of water to com- pensate. Cream and milk? It’s technically a cheat, but you’ll be okay if you add just a splash. One tablespoon of heavy cream is better than milk. It’s 50 calories, but all fat, so it shouldn’t trigger insulin. If you need a little time to get used to butter or coconut oil in your beverages, go ahead. Just keep it as light as possible, and always double-check that it is sugar-free.

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Yep! You can eat what you like, whenever you feel like it in your eight- hour Boost Zone. Are you craving a big lunch and a big dinner—go for it. Or if you want to graze through you Boost that’s okay, too. As long as you stick to the sixteen-hour Burn Zone, your body will have plenty of time to repair, replenish, and burn off fat. All that said, it takes your tummy twenty minutes to register food, so eat slowly—taking your time will help you to notice when you are sated. It also helps to eat in a tran- quil setting. Stopping before you are stuffed means paying attention to the subtle shift that happens when you eat a meal. You have to “listen” for it.

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During the Cruise Control Boost and Burn Zones, you’ll provide your body with superior nutrient-packed meals that will contain all the vita- mins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates your body could want. There will be no time for nutrient deficiency on Cruise Control because my menu planners are set up to put you on autopilot to nutrition.

Besides, it is impossible to become carbohydrate deficient, because there is no minimum set amount of carbs you need in your diet. This is not the case with proteins and fats, but I’ve got you covered. You’ll get all the essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and fatty acids to keep you in peak performance on Cruise Control. In fact, by having a daily sixteen-hour Burn Zone, you’ll signal your body to keep nutrients instead of excreting them.

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First of all, this isn’t fasting, but even if it were, you wouldn’t shut down your metabolism. You’d actually accelerate it. The same thing happens in the Burn Zone. Think about it. Our human ancestors would never have survived into the modern era. Those hunter/gatherers were out seeking animals for dinner and foraging the forest for vegetables and herbs. They didn’t wake up to a tray of doughnuts and a steaming vanilla latte. These nomads needed to have a revved metabolism, especially on the days that food was scarce, so they could chase the prey when they found it. You are biologically designed to rev up your metabolic functions, es- pecially when your insulin is low—and it will be super low in the Burn Zone because you’ll be burning powerful fat from your stores. Our an- cestors’ patterns of feasting and fasting, similar to the Burn and Boost Zones, also preserves muscle mass. Of course, if you try to live on blue- berry muffins, energy bars, shakes, and skinny vanilla lattes, your me- tabolism will slow down. Why? Your insulin will be constantly spiked, and so you’ll constantly crave more, while your body will be told to take the calories you eat and turn them into fat. That won’t be the reality on Cruise Control—you’ll eat delicious food, and plenty, within the Boost and Burn Zones.

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Studies that look at fasting do indicate that your calorie intake does in- crease the day after you haven’t had any food. But if you look at simple math, it’s easy to see that it doesn’t begin to cover the calories you didn’t have the day before. On the day after a one-day fast, according to one study, your average caloric intake increases about 400 calories. Do the math. Let’s say that on a normal day you’d eat 2,000 calories, so the day after a fast you eat 2,400 calories. If you add up the average number of calories for two days without fasting you’d have 4,000 calories or 2,000 average per day. With a day of fasting, you have 2,400 for those same forty-eight hours or an average of 1,200 a day. The increased calories don’t come close to making up for the lack of calories on the fasting day. On Cruise Control I see the opposite effect. My experience with hun- dreds of clients shows that, over time, appetite naturally decreases after the sixteen-hour Burn Zone.

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One of the first things people do when if they feel shaky or dizzy is to assume that they need to have a spoonful of honey or a glass of orange juice because their blood sugar must be too low. This isn’t how your blood sugar works. Remember, your master hormone, insulin, keeps a tight watch on your blood sugar and many other biological mechanisms that work to keep your blood sugar within a healthy range. During the time of day that you don’t eat, your body breaks down glycogen (re- member that’s the glucose that is in your liver for short-term energy), which happens every night when you sleep.

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If you fast, you’ll burn fat, not muscle. Your body is a magnificent and intelligent machine that is biologically engineered to survive periods of time when food is scarce. One of the main reasons we store our food as body fat is so that it is available when food is not. Muscle is made of much more complex and tightly wound proteins that are not easily ac- cessible to your body. Only in the most dire circumstances, when your overall body fat drops below 4 percent, will your body begin to use mus- cle for fuel. One study that tracked weight loss in obese adults found that alternate-day fasting for more than two months resulted in weight loss of up to 8 percent and fat loss of more than 10 percent, but muscle and bone density remained unchanged.

As you begin to incorporate the Cruise Control Burn and Boost Zones, your body will increase in its ability to burn fat automatically. At the same time, burning protein for fuel will actually decrease. When you don’t eat for a period of time, your body is actually triggered to conserve muscle.

Here’s another thing that happens—you lose extra flabby skin! It’s truly amazing. I learned this when I was talking to Dr. Jason Fung, author of The Complete Guide to Fasting. “People think that when you fast

that you’ll lose muscle, but you actually lose some unnecessary protein and fat,” says Fung. Why would you want to lose protein? Because that’s what all that extra skin is made from, and sticking with a committed Burn/Boost Zone results in that excess protein to go away. Your body can actually use it as fuel. Cruisers who have lost a substantial amount of weight tell me that they notice loose skin tightening up and wrinkles become less noticeable. Fung says that obese people carry any- where from 20 to 50 percent more protein on their bodies than a healthy- weight person. Remember that the Burn and Boost Zones are designed to signal your body to burn fat preferentially instead of muscle.

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Starvation mode—the scary kind where your belly gets bloated, and you die—is not something that happens in sixteen hours. It doesn’t even happen in several days. To truly go into starvation mode, you would need to have severely reduced access to food for months. That said, factually speaking, any time you restrict calo- ries you put your body in a sort of “starvation mode,” but this isn’t the sort of calorie debt that is dangerous to your body. Remember that back in the Paleolithic era it was common for people to go several days without food. You are biologically set up to deal with this lack of energy by burning the fat you have in your stores.

When it comes to modern-day dieting, you’ve probably heard the warnings that if you cut your food intake too low, your body will panic and cause you to be overly hungry and to have intense cravings, which will eventually lead you to overeat. Or maybe you’ve heard that if you cut calories too dramatically and lose weight too fast, your body will greedily hang on to any calories that you do get from food; that any weight you lose will quickly pile back on your body when you finally give in and eat. Or maybe you’ve heard that starvation mode is when your body slows down your metabolism in response to lack of food. That doesn’t happen, either. In fact, your metabolism actually speeds up during fasting because more complicated biological processes have to take place for your body to burn fat. The problem today, for the vast majority of us, isn’t starving—it’s being chronically overfed.

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All of our workouts offer modifications to accommodate all ages, range of motion, and protect injuries. There are recommendations for tools for support, such as chairs, walls, etc to take the fear out of fitness. Jorge is available daily to demonstrate modifications and answer any questions during the eight-minute workouts, and the Jorge Cruise Team is there to support you in any way needed. Just reach out and ask!

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Science is constantly evolving, and Jorge strives to provide the most current developments and modern trends for optimum health and wellness. With the culmination of scientific development and cutting-edge research, Jorge is able to share the most efficient and effective method for weight management and overall wellness. We know change can be difficult, but you have trusted Jorge before and attained amazing results – think of this plan as an upgrade. The method is accumulative of all of his past plans to provide the best.  Just 2 Moves addresses the whole picture of health with a three-faceted workout regime addressing strength building, yoga breath to release inner pain and HIIT to boost energy and burn belly fat. Metabolic Magic Meals are full of anti-inflammatory foods to melt away pounds while delighting the palette. Lastly, Jorge will motivate and help find your Happy Code. Get ready to feel your best! 

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Inflammation is linked to diseases that ails most of society, like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. The immune system works overtime to heal the body, but what if you could support your body with super foods to heal from the inside out by incorporating anti-inflammatory foods? Heal the body with food. Avoid processed foods, and stick with fruits, vegetables and healthy meat. These are the top anti-inflammatory foods: beets, dark leafy greens, broccoli, coconut oil, pineapple, berries, fish, seeds, bone broth and ginger. Sounds delicious!

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Build your own trilogy for a full body jumpstart into health. Grab 8 Minutes in the Morning to supplement and stimulate workouts.  Tiny and Full to beef up your recipe library, with over eighty anti-inflammatory and delicious recipes. Lastly, pre-order my new book, “The Cruise Control Diet”, to learn how to automate your health and lose up to 28 lbs in 28 days!

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MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides which is a saturated fatty acid, and has many health benefits such as weight loss and management to increased energy. Coconuts are a main source for MCTs, and more refined and concentrated MCT oil are becoming available. MCTs are easier to digest and sent directly to the liver, allowing for huge boosts of energy and increased metabolism. The MCT oil acts a fuel and is burned quickly, instead of being stored as fat. They also promote healthy gut environments to stimulate proper and efficient digestion. Also, they contain antioxidant properties that aid in anti-inflammatory benefits. MCTs can also be found in grass-fed beef and butter. MCT oil is the best way to maintain a healthy weight, increase energy, improve brain function, balance hormones and elevate mood. MCT oil can be purchased at Whole Foods, health food stores or online at amazon.com

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If there are items in the meal planners you choose not or are unable to eat, we recommend simply omitting or making substitutions. For instance – if you are vegetarian or vegan, swap out chicken for cauliflower or eggplant. If you are gluten free, omit the items or utilize gluten-free products. If there are items you don’t care for, swap them out for items you do like. If you get stumped, feel overwhelmed or need substitution ideas, we are here to help. Email [email protected]

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Divide your current weight in half to determine how many ounces of water is needed to be consumed daily for optimum health. For example, if someone weighs 160 pounds, they would need to drink 80 ounces of water to stay hydrated. For some beverage variety, tea and coffee are excellent choices, and for extra sweetness add stevia or Lite-Sweet by Xlear or almond milk for creaminess. Infuse your water with fruit and herbs, or upgrade for the sparkling water variety. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

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Although Jorge is not a therapist, he has worked with millions of clients who have struggled and overcome their battles. Everyone has to make choices, and motivation is a choice. This is the time to stoke the fire within you, and feel self empowered. Through his years of experience he have crafted a method he likes to share. He teaches this to all of his clients – The Happy Code. Dial in to your happiness and there you will find the drive to exercise and to eat healthy. The number one sabotage is you – not your loved ones, not your job, or anything else. The truth is we are our own worst enemy, but that can change in minutes. As a client of Jorge’s, you will learn with your membership to overcome self sabotage, stress, emotional eating, and lack of motivation. Jorge has you covered.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

When we eat is as important as what we eat. Building on the scientifically proven but hard-to-sustain day-on, day-off technique known as “intermittent fasting,” Cruise has developed a revolutionary masterplan that simplifies your calendar and eliminates between-meal hunger. He divides every day into two easy-to-remember nutritional zones: a 16-hour evening and overnight “burn zone” (semi-fasting) followed by an 8-hour “boost zone” (eating).

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