On A Diet . . . That Works

February 28, 2017


March 1, 2017


Anyone in the reading audience believe in diets?  Anyone ever get involved with one that works?  Well, I’ve got a winner and it involves only some minor sacrifice.  Believe it or not, there is no need to exercise.  There is also no need to give up food that you have come to love, e.g. pizza, spaghetti, ribeye steak, Caesar’s salad, ice cream , cookies and pastry, bread, French fries, etc., etc.  Here is some background information.


In terms of introduction, the reader should be aware that most of the diet claims in print and on TV are based on eliminated salt from your intake.  Reducing salt results in a net decrease of water in your body.  This accounts for the claims that “you will lose five pounds the first week.”  And once one returns to a regular diet, there is a five pound gain with no net loss in weight.  In effect, back to square one.  One question thus remains: how does one lose weight and not regain it?


Some time ago, my daughter gave me a book (for Father’s Day) titled “The Fast Diet.”  She recommended I read it and give it a shot since I had repeatedly expressed a desire to lose some weight.  Well, it was indeed a “fast” read.  Here are specific details regarding the diet.


I refer to it as the 52 diet.  Why?  Over a week, you can eat anything you want for 5 days but are restricted to 600 calories per day for 2 days.  In effect, it involves intermittent fasting.  The authors Mosley and Spencer of “The Fast Diet” claim that: “Fasting is nothing new.  Your body is designed to fast.  We evolved at a time when food was scarce; we are the product of millennia of feast or famine.  The reason we respond so well to intermittent fasting may be because it mimics, far more accurately than three meals a day, the environment in which modern humans were shaped.”  So, fasting is an ancient fact that can evolve into a modern method of weight loss.


The authors’ claim that the diet has been embraced by numerous celebrities, including one of my not so favorite people – Beyoncé.  More importantly, I too have adopted it for 8 months, am still going strong.  I lost 5 pounds the first three days and my weight has slowly but gradually decreased during the ensuing 8 months to where I have lost 15 pounds.  It really has been gratifying since, like many others, I have never stayed on a diet for more than a month or two.


The net result of the diet is that I’m actually better looking than I was before (remember, Modesty is not my middle name).  I may have also lost a few strands of whatever hair was there.  My height?  I may also be a bit shorter.  But I do feel better, my shirts fit better, and now need a belt for my pants.


What about the fast days?  The authors have provided numerous recipes that can “best suit your fast days.”  My wife Mary has set up the following 600 calorie regimen:


Day 1:  2 hardboiled eggs with pepper and a tablespoon of mayonnaise – chopped up into a leaf of lettuce – for breakfast.   Some combination of cucumbers, string beans, carrots and celery for lunch.  Dinner consists of a 6-ounce no-fat steak with green peas and a lettuce salad with some of her special dressing and a dab of feta cheese.


Day 2:  Oatmeal with either 3 or 4 blueberries or a strawberry.  Lunch remains the same.  Dinner? An 8-ounce portion of tilapia or shrimp with peas and the same salad.


Note:  There are NO appetizers or desserts or snacks during the 2 days. NONE!!  Are there cravings, especially at night?  Of course.  But then, I’m reminded that I will have it tomorrow.


The calorie intake for both days is approximately 600 calories, and that includes lots of water.  It turns out that it isn’t much to dieting at all.  The major negative impact is that it has affected my social life since there is no dining out for two days.


I’m often asked whether the 2 days must be consecutive.  The answer is no.  My two days are usually Monday and Tuesday but it has also been Monday and Wednesday.  It was once Sunday and Wednesday and once Monday and Thursdays.


Another positive feature of the diet is that it gets you thinking about calories.  I no longer slob mayonnaise on my sandwiches; I use half as much.  I no longer eat cookies.  A tablespoon of ice cream has at times replaced a bowl of ice cream.  On occasion, other portions are smaller.  And it all has been relatively painless – so painless that I intent to stay with it.


Finally, the authors made some unsubstantiated beneficial claims on intermittent fasting, including:

  1. Can be beneficial against aging and disease
  2. Can increase longevity
  3. Can repair genes
  4. Can regenerate stem cells
  5. And (of course) result in lost weight.

I hope they are right.


Give the above a thought if you are interested in losing weight.  I think it will be a rewarding experience if you try it.  I also need to mention that there is another option.  You can move to Venezuela where it has been reported that individuals have lost 19 pounds during the short regime of their new dictator.


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APRIL 1:                    Hofstra Basketball 2017 Revisited

MAY 1:                       On the EWSD Budget Vote

JUNE 1:                      On Great Eats II



February 1, 2017


February 1, 2017


No one has recently requested my thoughts on life in general.  It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  Notwithstanding this embarrassing dilemma, I am forging ahead with a host of points of potential interest to the Newsletter readers.  However before proceeding, I need to bring one interesting fact to those with interests in the U.S. economy.


Here is a list of the percentage of recent past president’s cabinets who had previously worked in the private sector:


FDR            50%         Eisenhower       57%

Truman        50%         Nixon               53%

Kennedy      30%         Ford                 42%

Johnson       47%         Reagan             56%

Carter          32%         G. H. Bush       51%

Clinton         39%         G. W. Bush      55%

Obama        8%           Trump              ??


The left column are/were Democrats.  Is the difference statistically significant?  You be the judge.  Obama never worked for a corporation, never really had a job, and his cabinet came primarily (92%) from academia, governmental “non-profit” groups, and community organizers.  Perhaps this explains our nation’s current economic state of affairs.


Back to the standard one-liners; here’s 2 dozen of them.


  1. Watching cable news has been pure entertainment since the election. The liberals are a comedy group but, I’ll say this – and this may sound like Michelle – I’ve never felt more proud of our country.
  2. The liberal media continues to berate and insult Trump. They can’t find anything right/good about him.  After all, he is going to reduce health care costs, eliminate sanctuary cities, address the anarchy dilemma, help solve infrastructure problems, etc.
  3. I hope this Administration will somehow pass an Amendment to the Constitution that will require that voters possess reasonable intelligence, be aware of current events, and speak, read, and understand English.
  4. Hopefully, disdain (and perhaps hatred) for the working class, military, and police will come to an end with Trump as president.
  5. Which three states have more people on welfare than they do employed? [If you guessed California, Illinois, and New York, you would be right. Surprise, surprise.]
  6. I shudder to think what would have happened to our country without Rupert Murdoch, Bill O’Reilly, Fox News, and even Roger Ailes.
  7. Megan Kelly turns me off – big time.
  8. Do I have this right? Barack Hussein Obama (BHO) is attempting to release those in jail who were planning to kill me.
  9. The inauguration was truly a sight to see. We are all so blessed to live in the USA.
  10. My parents worked hard for their money. I worked hard (well, sort of… remember, I’m a teacher) for my money.  No one gave us anything.  Why am I now being asked to provide health care and education for people who do not want to work and/or have no legal right to be here?
  11. I sell and bill myself as the foremost environmental authority in the world. (Modesty isn’t my middle name.) I can tell one and all that Al Gore’s preaching on global warming is a scam. His/the proposed carbon tax would bankrupt our nation.
  12. Forget about the fact that both the Hill and Bubba are involved in criminal enterprises. BOTH ARE TRAITORS!
  13. Seven years ago, I wrote: “Despite his shortcomings, rooting for Obama is appropriate because we are Americans.  Let’s not carry on like the Bush haters.”
  14. World Series play in freezing weather is both insane and a disgrace.
  15. Advertisements abound that make the white male look like a fool.
  16. I’m still trying to get Jack Powers into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
  17. My latest undertaking is to write a book about optimization – a subject I know absolutely nothing about.
  18. Football, with its concussion dilemma, is a dying sport.
  19. Perhaps mankind’s greatest miracle occurred when Churchill chose (like the people of Greece) not to submit to the Nazi “hurricane.”
  20. I’m still on a diet that will be “featured” next month
  21. Hopefully, Trump will stop the lies, the deceit, the manipulations, etc., in government and will finally be replaced by the transparency BHO promised 8 years ago.
  22. Good riddance to Meg Kelly at Fox. She’s a flaming liberal masquerading as a moderate.
  23. Geraldo Rivera has joined my 20 $ club. I’m prepared to pay 20 $ to put my left shoe up his rear end.  He’s another flaming liberal masquerading as a moderate.  Even worse, he is a totally full of horse manure guy.  His conduct during the inauguration was disgusting.
  24. I’ve had multiple requests for a follow-up on my earlier article titled “On Great Eats.”


Is that it?  Not quite.  Earlier, I got to see BHO’s “Farewell” address in Chicago where he teary-eyed and blatantly lied non-stop about his (and Michelle’s and Biden’s) accomplishments over the past 8 years; he chose not to mention the carnage that occurs in his home city of Chicago and hundreds of thousands that died in the Middle East due to his deficient policies.  He took time to, once again, lecture us, and then frantically attempted to rewrite history before the historians set his legacy of numerous massive failures in stone.  Unfortunately, he won’t go away and will continue to attempt to undermine our new president.  His last actions involved releasing hundreds of drug dealers, traitors and societal misfits.  What a guy!


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www.theodorenewsletter.com or on his Facebook page at Basketball Coaching 101




MARCH 1:                  On the Ideal Diet—That Works

APRIL 1:                     Hofstra Basketball 2017 Revisited

MAY 1:                       On the EWSD Budget Vote

JUNE 1:                       On Great Eats II