After taking on the “Century Tuna Superbods” challenge in March, dramatic actor John Lloyd Cruz who subsequently kept under the radar for weeks, finally made his big reveal on the paradise island of Boracay.
Looking fitter, healthier and happier, he strutted his stuff at the end of the annual Century Tuna Ultimate Superbods finals night with a very positive message.
“Kung kaya ko, kaya n’yo [If I can do it, so can you]!” declared the Box Office King in his “new and improved physique.”
And although he was not be-muscled as the 20 Superbods candidates, JL, as he is fondly called in show business, still came across as an inspiration to mortals struggling with weight problems.
“Almost one month ko pinag-isipan kung tatanggapin ko yung project,” the actor said after his runway moment, worried he might not meet the kind of expectations from such a publicized diet and eating regiment.
Taking the plunge, he embarked on a six-week challenge that combined a specialized workout and meal plan designed by The Biggest Loser coach Jim Saret and U.S. certified nutritionist Nadine Tengco. What made him “go for it” was the fact that he hit a milestone in 2013.
“When I turned 30 last year, isa sa mga goals ko ang maging mas fit, healthier, and magkaroon ng balance lifestyle. [When I turned 30 last year one of my goals was to become more fit, healthier, and achieve a balanced lifestyle.],” he recalled.
“Mahirap yung puro ka lang trabaho, because I’m not getting any younger. Dapat talaga balanced ang lahat sa buhay mo. [It’s difficult to be focused solely on work because I’m not getting any younger. I realized everything in my life has to be balanced].”
With his busy work schedule and fondness for eating out with his actress-girlfriend Angelica Pangani–ban, JL confessed that the discipline to stay in the program was a challenge every step to the way.
“Malaking adjustment yung hindi mo nakakain yung typical na gusto mo kainin. Siyempre because your under a program and you’re training, iwas muna sa pagkain sa labas. [It was a big adjustment to stay away from food that you typically like to eat. I had to I avoid eating out.],” he shared.
The reward, however, was worth the sacrifice as JL’s weight’ dropped from 170 lbs. to 152 lbs. Moreover, not only did he lose some belly fat, but he also had a change in perspective toward health and fitness.
“With my busy schedule, my eating habits tend to go along with it. Pero ngayon na na-achieve ko na yung ganitong [but now that I’ve achieved this]state, I plan to make it a part of my life,” he promised.
Realistic about his goals, the Century Tuna endorser stressed he never had plans to become buff and ripped like his predecessors Piolo Pascual and Derek Ramsey. For him, a change in lifestyle with a more conscious approach to health was more important than his physical transformation.
“Naging malinaw naman din nung sabi ko sa kanila when I learned about the offer na ayaw ko maging ripped. Parang hindi ko din personality na maging ganoon. Ayoko din by choice na maging bato-bato [It was clear when I told them after learning about the offer that I didn’t want to be ripped, since the look doesn’t fit my personality. By choice, I didn’t want, also by choice to be muscular],” JL continued.
Nevertheless, the actor seems to have caught on the health and fitness bug, as he affirmed, “I’m thinking long term. This lifestyle is here to stay because I’ve become a better version of myself.”
Stars on board
Meanwhile, multi-media star Anne Curtis, who has been a Century Tuna endorser since 2011, revealed her new road to fitness at the highly successful Century Tuna Ultimate Superbods event.
Tagged as “the ultimate Super–bod,” Anne, in a way, echoed John Lloyd’s sentiments when she said her new goal is to have a healthier physique rather than be skinny.
“It’s a different kind of fitness for me this year because unlike before, I just wanted to be skinny. This year I want to be fit. So it’s about knowing what to eat and what workout to do. Hindi lang basta [It’s not simply about] going on a diet,” the Dyesebel star said.
After sharing the stage with fellow ABS-CBN talent John Lloyd and cheering him on as he playfully did a sexy dance, Anne also talked about her much talked about jellyfish sting.
“[The sting] it’s doing a lot better. Konti pa [a little more healing], but I’m fully back at work. Pwede na ipakita ulit pero may bandage and we were able to fix it naman kung paano madadaya [It could show my torso again but there’s a bandage, we were able to find a way to touch it up on screen,” Anne said.
Meanwhile Magic 89.9’s Boys Night Out DJs Slick Rick, Tony Toni and Sam YG, also made their respective "reveals” on the runway.
"The hardest part for us was probably the food. We’re so used to eating unhealthy food—fast food like KFC or burgers. But now we are more conscious of what we eat,” said Tony Toni, whose17 percent body fat is now pegged at 13 percent.
"It’s OK to indulge once in a while, but what we learned is that it’s all a matter of portioning and moderation. Because even before I think about eating a big sized burger, I can hear [nutritionist]Nadine Tengco telling me not to!” joked Sam YG, who went down from a size 36 to a size 28.
Given hectic schedules and busy lives, these stars are proof that leading a healthy lifestyle is not impossible. Go on and try it out too.
Log on to www.centurytuna.ph for the six-week challenge.