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The question is: How fast can you lose weight and stay healthy? I’m not sure anyone knows the answer for sure. In my experience with dieting, I’ve heard everything.

Those who say you can only lose one to two pounds a week and diet safely are using methodologies that generally can only produce one to two pounds of weight loss per week. That doesn’t mean that’s the only healthy pace at which you can lose weight.

Years ago I worked on two occasions with diet doctors that I often refer to as diet gurus. These gentlemen were MDs and tops in their field. They put me on extreme diets that were designed to help me lose weight quickly and safely. They put me on those diets with a goal of hitting a number on the scale. There was no regard for keeping my losing efforts down to a slow pace like one to two pounds a week.

One of these diets I did in the late 80’s. It was the same liquid diet that Oprah did. We happened to be on it at the same time. She lost 67 pounds. Remember the famous wagon of fat she brought on stage? On the same diet, I lost 52 pounds. I was on that diet for almost three months. The methodology for that diet was almost totally liquid. I drank shakes that came in a powdered form and I added water. I ate a half of a banana or a handful of raspberries once a day. And I took fiber three times a day. That was it. No other food. Only water to drink.

I visited the doctor each week and they weighed me and took my blood pressure. Once every month they gave me a blood test. I stayed healthy (according to them) the whole time and the weight just poured off. Many would say that was crazy. I spent about $5000 in that effort.

When the diet was over I went back to counting calories and eating what I thought was a healthy diet. I, of course, gained it all back and more...

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Creole Meatloaf

This is a wonderfully moist meatloaf. It has a kick from the Cajun spices but not all that much. You can zip it up more with using the higher level of spice or even switch that out altogether if you want your meatloaf plain and mild. This transports well to work. Many love cold meatloaf or you can heat it in the microwave at work. You can even take this to a party as a buffet item!

Servings: Serves 6, 1-inch wide pieces


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1/3 cup of finely chopped celery
1/3 cup of finely chopped green bell pepper
½ cup of finely chopped onion
2 pounds of ground sirloin or 93/7 ground beef
2 Tbl of Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
1/3 cup of canned tomato sauce (No sugar. Hunts is a good brand)
2 – 3 tsp of Cajun seasoning (No sugar)
1 tsp of garlic powder

For the Topping:

1/3 cup of tomato sauce
3 Tbl of tomato paste
1 Tbl of Worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Chop the veggies and toss in a big bowl. Add the beef, Worcestershire, tomato sauce and seasonings. Now dig in with your bare hands and mix it all up. Get good and squishy mixing this so the bits are thoroughly dispersed.

Grease a loaf pan with olive oil spray. Put the meat mixture inside and lightly pat down to form a loaf. I go around the edges so sort of make those dip down further than the rounded top surface. This is not necessary; just makes it look a little more like a loaf.

Bake for 45 minutes. Then mix up the sauce portion. Take the meatloaf out of the oven and spread the sauce on top. Put back in the oven to bake for 15 minutes more.

Take it out when it’s been an hour total. Let it rest on the stove for up to 10 minutes. Then cut it into one-inch wide slices. One portion when on ZReduction is one slice. In ZReboot you can have more. Carefully remove them with a spatula or the slices will break apart. The first one is always the hardest one to get out.




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