How to Lose Weight Consistently Without Starving

On January 1st, I decided it was time to address the issue of my weight gain over the last three years.  The cause of my weight gain was simple (I stopped running, stopped lifting, and ate and drank everything I wanted), so the solution was simple also.

In six weeks I’ve lost approximately 15 pounds and dropped two pant sizes.  My BP has dropped from, shall we say, “Go to the ER”, to ‘high normal’.  I still eat almost everything I want.  If I got serious I could lose another 15 pounds in 30 days, but because of my lifestyle choices, the number of birthdays we celebrate and various other excuses, I will probably take 60 days to lose the next 15 pounds, and I’m okay with that.

I’ve done this before and it works, so I have confidence and patience.    It helps that my Wife usually prepares my meals for me.  It doesn’t help that my children enjoy surprising me with martinis they’ve made for me to see whether I can tell if it was shaken or stirred.

My point is:  this works.  I did it before to lose 60 lbs successfully.  Go off the plan, and I can put it back on.

Here is the summary:

  1. Eat the Slow Carb nutrition plan made famous by Tim Ferris.  You’re never hungry and you have the energy to perform at a Father of 13 level.
  2. Exercise aggressively for 45 minutes six days a week using the Clay Manley method (that’s Clay below).  Don’t worry, if you are mobile you can do this.
  3. Get eight hours of sleep every night.  Nap if the sleep quality is poor.

Now, the truth is that I have not done any of these things strictly and I am still losing weight.  I still drink booze and eat pizza.  I have only exercised six times per week one time-on average it’s 3-5 times.  I am doing pretty well on the sleeping part-for most of my adult life I have averaged about 6 hours, so this is a big change.  If the Wife and Baby are not getting along and my sleep is short or of poor quality, I take a nap in the afternoon.

In coming posts I will detail exactly what I’m doing, because it’s a proven method, and I believe anyone can do it long term.   You can drop the weight pretty quickly, beat type 2 diabetes if your blood sugar is an issue, and almost certainly fix your blood pressure problems as well.

Stay tuned for a detailed overview of why eating on the Slow Carb nutrition plan is so great.

 

The Catholic Church’s Teaching on Voting and Political Discernment

Gerry Matatics is a internationally recognized scriptural scholar and apologist for the traditional Catholic faith who was once a Presbyterian minister.  He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, studied at Biblical Interpretation from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, has taught at Christendom College, Aquinas College, St. John’s in New York, Notre Dame Graduate School of Theology, St. Joseph University, University of San Diego, and Our Lady of Guadalupe International Seminary and now writes, lectures and teaches in defense of the Catholic faith.

I had an opportunity to interview Gerry this morning regarding the 2016 Presidential election tomorrow.  He explains in detail what the Catholic Church teaches about:

  • Our obligation to vote
  • The ‘lesser of two evils’ argument
  • Whether Donald and Hillary are both unacceptable choices
  • How to commit a mortal sin in the voting booth

It’s an interesting topic.  Let me know what you think!

Anti-Gouging Laws Hurt the Vulnerable and Increase Suffering

The approaching Hurricane Matthew has led to news reports that governments are warning residents and businesses in Florida about price gouging. It brings up a question related to my recent post on FB about a narrow question of economics. Do anti-gouging laws actually hurt people?  Or is that just a myth of the cultural Marxists to scare people from helping one another and turn instead to benevolent Uncle Sam for rescue?
 
Here’s the very real scenario: people hit the stores to stock up on the essentials: beer, milk, bread, etc. Consequently, the stores run out of those essentials. Entrepreneurs who are beyond the danger zone of Hurricane Matthew see an opportunity, buy up beer, milk and bread, buy coolers and ice, load up their trucks and vans, and drive into the danger zone to sell these supplies.
 
Naturally, they do not sell them at the same price they bought them for. They want to make a profit. First, they add the cost of the ice, the cooler, and the gas, and if they are smart, they add the value of their time for the shopping, loading, driving and working, meals on the road, lodging, and then they set a price above this amount which would represent some hoped-for profit margin. The price could easily be double or triple the normal price.
 
Now, the state would consider this gouging. Many on the Left and Right rage against the practice. And yet, aren’t these entrepreneurs actually doing the consumer a fabulous service? The items would otherwise not be available to them at ANY price, after all, and they are not forced to buy the items to begin with.  If they do, they are demonstrating they desire the currency less than the beer, milk and bread. The currency will not help them survive the crisis or ease their suffering.  You cannot eat or drink currency (at least, not in a way that is pleasing to the senses).
There may even be competition in this niche, perhaps a Mexican who doesn’t assign as high a value to his time or is willing to engage in all this activity for a lower anticipated profit margin, and sells for say, just double the normal while the white man from Alabama sells for triple.
Before you take issue with the items I chose, replace them.  What about bottled water? Or disposable diapers, generators, batteries, gasoline, phone chargers…or anything you can imagine.
 
Do you think this example is price gouging? Do you believe it is immoral? Or is this kind of entrepreneurial activity actually a good and praiseworthy endeavor typical of the kind of conduct that helped to build this nation?
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