Published on : Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Twenty-two million people enjoyed a cruise in 2015 and, while few will admit it, many faced the embarrassing reality of popping a trouser button on their last night, or simply not being able to squeeze into that little black dress. They’re not alone; the average cruise passenger gains four pounds and, considering the endless abundance of food and drink options offered onboard, it’s no wonder.
As permanent weight loss specialists and avid cruisers, Martin and Marion Shirran have recently combined their passions in what has to be the tourism industry’s most unique yet valuable book. ‘Cruise Yourself Slim: Enjoy Your Cruise … Without Piling On The Pounds!’ proves that it is possible to enjoy every meal, snack and drink during a cruise without gaining any weight at all.
The book is the result of a UK-based survey that questioned thousands of passengers about their eating habits, cravings and – unfortunately for them – the state of the bathroom scales when they stepped back in the house.
Over 22 million people completed a cruise holiday in 2015; many of those came home weighing upwards of 4lb heavier – due in no small part to the huge quantities and choice of food and drink on board modern cruise liners.
Utopia for cruise passengers would almost certainly be to be able to cruise, eat and drink and not have to fear the scales on the journey home! …. Martin and Marion Shirran argue that this IS possible – and as creators of the Gastric Mind Band weight loss system, they have the tools, tips and tricks to help readers achieve just that.
The Shirrans, avid cruisers themselves, want to help you avoid needing to take several sets of clothes to accommodate your expanding waistline. The statistics, from their own major UK cruise passenger survey, certainly back up their concerns about how food excess leads to excess ‘body baggage’ as people come down the gangway, and they advocate Pre, During and Post-cruise phases to address the problem in a sustainable way.
With contributions from Patsy Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Cruise Tourism at Southampton Solent University, bestselling author of Cruise Confidential Brian Bruns, and Australian Cardiologist Graham Sceats, the book also takes a look at many aspects of modern (and in some cases historical) on-board catering, eating and drinking. Plus, of course, how obesity in general can be seen to impact cruise passengers’ enjoyment of their holiday.
And – importantly – also included is the story of travel agent and cruise fan Sarah Jayne Price, who lost more than half her body weight using the Shirrans’ methods and STILL cruises without piling on the pounds.’
“This book isn’t just a weight loss system we designed over the kitchen table. It’s based on one of the UK’s largest cruise passenger surveys, after we took the data to a series of industry and health specialists for the only collaboration of its kind,” explains Martin Shirran. “It’s therefore a weight loss system designed and refined by world-class practitioners in their areas of interest and based on hard facts; data given to us directly from those the book was written to help.”
Continuing, “And the best thing is that we never suggest you shouldn’t indulge yourself and eat what you want to. This system isn’t about refusal, but rather about eating and drinking everything you want to on a cruise, deploying realistic, simple and manageable weight-management strategies along the way. Without the dark cloud of guilt hanging over you on your next cruise, you’ll actually enjoy yourself more!”
Critics and reviewers agree, leaving a string of positive reviews. Paketa comments, “One of life’s dreams for many of us is to go across the world on a cruise, it sure is a dream and we try to hold to it through cruises that gives us the pleasure and allows us to enjoy and indulge. Yet, with great happiness comes great surprise of an extra few kilos that you do notice building up and keep thinking that you will get rid of as soon as you are back from your adventure. “Cruise yourself slim” gives you the experience on how to enjoy, indulge, and keep, or make, a perfect body in the process. If you can do it on a cruise, you can do it life time and enjoy your body, spirit and mind.”
One Amazon customer writes, “Very exciting and inspiring book. As a reader you get both inspiration and useful knowledge that can be put into practice when you want to improve your lifestyle. It offers new angles and liberating honesty; successfully the authors both recognize that it may be difficult to change lifestyle, but also they motivate the feeling that it is possible and filled with joy and satisfaction to be successful with a healthier lifestyle. Can easily be read even if you are not cruising – enjoy :-)”