Weight Loss

In a world with an abundance of food, and being surrounded by processed foods, sugar, and caffeine, it has been challenging for me to become fit. I have been working on reaching my weight loss goals for years, and these are things in my daily routine that I do in order to lose weight. This information might be helpful to others, or it may not. The importance is to try to find a routine that will work for you and fit into your life.

Ben’s Weight Loss Rules:

  1. Start the day with a glass of water.
  2. No food or drink other than water until lunch time.
  3. Only eat two meals a day.
  4. Time limit eating to 45 minutes for the whole day. Ex: 15 minute lunch and 30 minute dinner.
  5. Only two drinks other than water a day.
  6. Pop is a treat and should be consumed very rarely.
  7. No energy drinks.
  8. Cook most of my meals from scratch.
  9. Walk outside.
  10. Take the stairs.
  11. Stretch often.

My Second Water Fast

After doing a second water fast, I can now say more about what worked and what didn’t work well during that experience.

I recently decided to do a two-day water fast in order to become more healthy, help get me off of my sugar addiction, and lose some weight. I started my fast without any preparation. I woke up one morning and while getting ready for work, I thought that I could do a fast today because I knew that I was going to have a little extra help at work and that work would keep me busy and I wouldn’t be thinking about food.

I had eaten my last meal late at night the night before around 10 P.M. I then went almost two days without food, and I only drank water. On the second day of the water fast, I caved in and broke the fast with some food. I was about 5 hours away from my 48 hour goal.

What didn’t work for me was having my last meal so late at night. What also didn’t work for me is that I used so much energy at my job that water alone didn’t seem to be giving me enough energy.

I now know that my last meal before a fast should either be breakfast or lunch. I also know that I can only handle a one day fast while working my laborious job. The last work day before a day off would be ideal for me.

Just like the first fast, I think it is good for my health and am happy with the results. I lost 5 lbs!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You make up your own mind, and make your own decisions as to what is right for you.


Sugar is highly addictive and really bad for you. I still like sugar. I generally only eat items with sugar between 3 P.M. and 8 P.M. If you eat sugar first thing in the morning such as with your coffee or breakfast, then you will get shaky and light headed throughout the day.


If you think about breakfast in America, then you will see that kids make the rules at breakfast. Unfortunately kids are generally not interested in being healthy and having a long and productive life.

What are common breakfast items and what do they all have in common? Fruit, yogurt, pancakes, french toast, cereal, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, oatmeal, coffee, orange juice, milk, waffles, and doughnuts. The commonality in most of these items is sugar. Kids love sugar, but it is so unhealthy and will set your whole day up for failure. Once you eat sugar in the morning, you will crash and feel light headed and shaky until you get more sugar. A few hours later the crash will happen again, and you will need more sugar. Kids don’t know better, but adults need to learn to not have sugar until closer to night time. Night time sugar crash is better because you will be sleeping, and you won’t even know that you’re fiending for sugar.

I generally don’t eat breakfast. Water is my breakfast. I believe that people don’t need three meals a day. One meal a day is all you truly need. A healthy breakfast to me is something along the lines of eggs, bacon, nuts, and a glass of water.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is where a person only drinks water and no food for 16 hours. I have been doing this for about 6 months now, and it is working for me.

I wake up in the morning and start my day with a glass of water. After noon I have my first meal. I usually eat a large meal. Around 5 P.M. or 6 P.M. I have my second meal, which is usually a smaller meal or snack. Then I am all done eating and drinking anything except water by 8 P.M.

This way of living has helped me maintain my weight and not get too overweight. It’s not very challenging. I feel like I can continue this way of eating forever.

Water Fasting

Have you ever tried water fasting, thought about it, or are looking for ways to lose weight? I am going to share my views on water fasting and weight loss.

I am concerned about my general health and weight very much. I am 5’8″ and weight about 165 lbs. I care a lot about preventative maintenance with my health, so that I can feel good, be productive, and not put a financial burden on myself and my wife. After doing some research, water fasting seemed like something that would benefit me by flushing out my system and losing weight.

I decided to do a four day water fast. I had a plan, and I was going to make it work. I fasted from noon on Thursday until noon on Monday. Before my fast I ate a huge meal, and then from Thursday until Monday I only drank water. I did not add anything to the water or take any vitamins/drugs. I only had water.

I felt okay for the first two days. I worked my job, then when I was at home, I tried to take it easy. I watched a lot of T.V. and took naps. Day 3 I was feeling like I had no energy. My mind did not feel sharp. I felt very weak and unbalanced. I stayed at home for all of day 3 and 4. On this day I also wanted food really badly. Day 4 was more of the same, but even more difficult. I knew that I was at the home stretch though. My wife ordered pizza that day, which was torture. I love pizza, but I was on a fast. My sense of smell was greatly strengthened and I could tell. I kept asking her “can I smell your pizza?” It smelled extremely good. It smelled better than it ever had! Even if I were to give in, I knew that I would probably puke due to my body not being accustomed to complex foods.

After my fast was complete, I had to reintroduce food to my body. My first food was strawberries, and they tasted amazing! I came back into eating by eating very very small portions every two hours. By the next day, I was back to eating normal portions and everything I normally do.

From fasting I lost 10 lbs; only to gain back 5 lbs right away. My facial skin looked improved, and I felt a little better all around. I would suggest it to everyone that is healthy enough to handle it. I think that the body does need time to flush itself out regularly. I only suggest doing a two day fast though. I don’t plan on doing more than two days straight ever again. I plan on doing a two day water fast at least once a year.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You make up your own mind, and make your own decisions as to what is right for you.

The Secret to White Teeth and a Clean Mouth

The secret to whiter teeth, a really clean mouth, fresh breath, and healthy gums is very easy. On top of brushing your teeth at least once a day and flossing, do a hydrogen peroxide rinse daily. To do this use 1 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide and swish it around in your mouth for 10 minites, then rinse your mouth with water. Your mouth will feel great! It is also a good idea to have water be the liquid that you consume the most, which means less soda pop and coffee. Lastly try to consume as little sugar in your diet because sugar rots teeth and causes cavities.