Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Weight Loss Through the Lipolysis Diet Simplified

In some of my previous blogs, I wrote about the weight loss plan I had created for myself when I was in my late 20's, when I was in my undergrad. I eventually called it the Lipolysis Diet, which still seems to work better than anything else I have ever come across or tried. I was recently asked by several people to make a simple chart to follow. This is exactly what I do to lose 1 - 2lbs per week:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

What to Expect When Losing Weight

I created the Lipolysis Diet about nine years ago after some extensive research and a bit of experimenting on myself and watching others who I have coached have the same success. I have helped quite a few people lose weight and I continue to educate people like me who love food and struggle every day to keep the weight off.

Unlike those personal fitness and weight loss gurus who can virtually eat anything they want and stay as thin as a pole, I have struggled to stay fit and healthy while combating all my food addictions, depression and hormone changes. I personally know what the inner battle is like and how hard it is to fight the lethargy, lack of self-esteem, depression, anxiety and fear, hunger pangs, and all the cravings on a daily basis. I know just how easy it is to fall back into bad habits and let go of self-discipline.

Over the last 18 months or so, I had forgotten to take care of myself as I focused on life events and the craziness that consumed every waking hour of my life. As that slurry of messiness wrapped up, I found myself around twenty-five pounds heavier- YES 25lbs over weight. This was on top of the residual fifteen pounds I still struggled to lose left over from the dismal sixty-pound weight gain during my toxic marriage back in the mid 2000's.   In summary, my weight crept back up to over 205lbs again simply because I was more worried about other things than what went into my mouth and adhered to my waistline.

In April, I decided to be diligent and go back onto the Lipolysis Diet I created and honed over the years.  I know that it is very effective at dropping fat efficiently and quickly without causing dramatic muscle loss in the process. The diet is easy to follow and easy to do; it is easily modified for dietary restrictions and can be followed even at restaurants or parties. In this diet, there is not a lot weird rules or crazy meal plans. Anyone can lose fat by following it and anyone can afford to do it.  It is a very simple, easy, straight forward, and cost effective, plan.

Here are the basics:
1. Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night
2. Stretch and exercise every morning
3. Drink unsweetened tea and coffee
4. Increase fiber intake
5. Take probiotics and prebiotics
6. Replace simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates
7. Limit sugar intake to 25 grams per day, keep a food log
8. Increase protein and "good" fat intake
9. Consume 70% vegetables, 20% proteins, 10% all the other stuff
10. Use ergogenics (optional) to help accelerate weight loss

Please refer to my previous blogs about my Lipolysis Diet to learn more.

 Here is basically my Lipolysis Diet regimen:

  •  Breakfast
4 Eggs, 3 - 6 oz Meat, 1/2 C Lintels, salsa, Coffee or Tea
(Steal Cut Oatmeal with fruit after Workouts)

  • Snack
Nuts or legumes, Protein shake

  • Lunch
1/2 C Vegetables, 6 oz Meat,  Water or tea
(Cottage Cheese Optional)

  • Snack
Protein Bar or Vegetables & Hummus

  • Dinner
1/2 C Vegetables, 6 oz Meat, Water or Tea

  • Dessert 2X per week
Peanut Butter Bars                        Chocolate Coconut Squares
4 TBS Peanut butter                      Chopped Coconut                    
2 Scoops Protein Powder              1/2 TBS Cocoa Powder
1/2 TSP Stevia Extract                  1/2 TSP Stevia Extract

What to expect when losing weight:

  • The first two weeks are awful! I won't lie. The withdrawals from sugar and simple carbohydrates will drive any person insane. As Americans, we are addicted to sugar and are used to consuming hundreds of grams of refined sugars per week. Sugar is in just about everything and hard to avoid. The addiction is both mental and physical, so while headaches, temperature irregularities, and the shakes are common physical withdrawal symptoms, the mind is constantly thinking about its next fix and plays mean tricks to get you to succumb to its cravings. But after the two weeks, the nasty withdrawals subside, the cravings calm down, and it gets easier to maintain the diet. 

*Hint: going cold turkey is easier than decreasing sugar intake because it is harder to convince the mind to stick to a scheduled decrease at regular intervals than sticking to a preset limit of 25g of sugar per day. Plus, most people find excuses to increase their sugar intake back up to where it was originally, such as on Tuesday, "It was just a slice of pizza and a medium soft drink, I will start where I left off tomorrow," and by Friday "But it is my friend's birthday today so a few drinks isn't going to hurt."  (Note: one slice of pizza has 110g of sugar, a medium Coke has 44g of sugar, and a few alcoholic drinks can be as much as 380g of sugar.)

  • Most people who follow my Lipolysis Diet loses anywhere from 2 - 8 pounds in the first two weeks. Most of the initial weight loss is water weight. Then the body starts sloughing away body fat. Most of the people who follow this precisely loses 1 - 2 pounds of body fat per week. I knew a person who lost 13 pounds in her first month simply by sticking to the diet plan.
  •  Eating fruit, dairy, simple carbohydrates, or alcoholic beverages completely stalls fat loss and adds water weight. Eating anything with a high sugar content, whether natural or artificial, will bring back the cravings and subsequent withdrawals again.  Find replacements (sugar-free substitutions) if the cravings get too bad. Call a friend who will help you out of indulging.
  •   Plan ahead and use slow-carb recipes to help mix it up. Add flavor with herbs and spices. Make casseroles and large dishes to section it out for quick, easy lunches or dinners. Replace rice and bread with cauliflower. Replace pasta with spaghetti squash, sweet potato, or zucchini.  Do something different every week. Eat as much vegetables as you want.  Have fun with it! 

I would love to hear from you. Tell me about your success story.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Craigslist Scams

Scams on Craigslist are so common nowadays that it is impossible not to run into one when looking for something to buy or when selling your items.   I became aware of how prevalent these scams are when I started using Craigs List as a means to get rid of some of my unused stuff, and more recently, buying a car.  I've heard from several friends of mine that scams also range from rentals, other services, pets, tickets, and other goods ranging from book shelves to boats; both on the buying side and sellers side.  However, if you know what to look for, you can identify these scams right away.

  • The scammer wants to correspond in an e-mail and only via e-mail.  There isn't a phone number or address listed or provided at all in any correspondence between you and the scammer.  The scammer never lets you know who they are or provides any way to contact them other than via e-mail.
  • The scammer insists on not doing any face-to-face transactions.  They may be out of town on business, stationed overseas, or are too busy to meet you in person.
  • The scammer is very ambiguous and won't leave contact information and won't put their name on the bottom of the e-mail.
  • The scammer has an odd name/surname combination that doesn't match their written lingo and e-mail persona, i.e. Nora Johnson, Linda Smith, Charles Lopez, David Jones, Emma Williams, and/or Robert Brown.
  • Usually you will find these e-mails written in poor, broken English (or even poorly written Spanish) as if it is a language they learned out of a book from the middle of Zimbabwe.  The grammar is off-putting, with a lot of obvious mistakes which a fifth-grader could identify.  When you read these e-mails, it is almost as if this person has never stepped foot in the USA.   
  • Odd wording in the e-mail referring to the way the transaction is to be handled makes you re-read the sentence almost in a foreign accent.  "The pickup agent will need you to wire the money you receive," "am okay with the price and the condition pasted on cl," or "i will need your honest and trust and your updating to end up this transaction," and "im include the shipment funds in the check because I don't have time to come down for a look of the items."  Other red-flag language to be cautious of is, "CERTIFIED CHECK,"  "escrow service," "mover," "convenient means," "i promise everything will go smoothly,"  (Yeah, go smoothly for the scammer!) and any other odd words used to manipulate you.
  • Whether buying or selling, the scammer always wants you to send them money or goods in a transfer or third party transaction.  There's no face-to-face, no handshake, no telephone call, or other good ol' fashioned American bartering method.  This is the biggest red flag you can come across!  Payments are usually made via Western Union to someone you have never even met before without any way of tracing where the money is being delivered to (most often an overseas account) and the e-mail thread is untraceable.  I just ran across one that promises to send me several thousand  in a certified check for my $500 car for parts but wants me to wire the "mover" money.  Why would anyone want to pay thousands of dollars for a junk car? 
  • Another method of deceit is sending money to a fake escrow account.  It looks real, even has a legitimate-looking website.  However, once you send the money into the escrow account, the scammer disappears with your money.  There are many legitimate escrow services, however, there are just as many phony ones out there.  What's worse, scammers often get a hold of their victims' bank account information and can drain them dry.  
  • You can't take a look at the item for sale, lease, or rent.  The item is in a location you cannot physically get to, perhaps in the middle of Brazil, France, or Ukraine; that's saying if the location is even provided.  Most scammers just provide a fake picture of the item with ambiguous details.  The services are also ambiguous, pretentious, and poorly stated/offered.  You must buy it sight unseen, transfer the money to someone you have never met, and give them all of your personal information in the process so they can steal your identity.  
  • Scammers also request you to do things outside of normal comfort level but use manipulative techniques to bait you and make you fall for their traps.  Ask yourself if you would trust this person enough to invite over for dinner and introduce to your family, then listen to what your logical self is telling you.   If there was any hesitation at all, then it is best to meet in a public place, like a bank's lobby or police station's parking lot.      
  • The scammer is very abrupt, pushy, and wants the transaction done as quickly as possible.  

Finally, the whole thing is too hooky to not be cautious, after all, you did start reading this article for a reason.  The quacking and waddling is too obvious not to notice something is wrong. The whole thing doesn't feel right and when you try to tell yourself this isn't a scam, you still have that tingling thought or gut feeling that it might be.  When in doubt, opt out of the deal immediately and take the evidence to the police.  Sometimes big scamming rings are caught this way.  And even if the police do not take immediate action, if enough people go to the police with these scams then patterns are established and criminals are then easier to catch.