Lose 20 Pounds in a Week…Or Better Yet, DON’T!

October 24, 2012

Writing this column for ThePostGame that was on Yahoo’s front page was quite an experience.

My initial focus was to explain how to lose weight quickly. If you need to drop weight for an event, there are 6 tips on the smartest and most effective way to do so.

The more I researched, the more I learned what a horrible idea it is. Beyond the immediate perils of amphetamines, there is so much evidence that starvation diets make it HARDER to lose weight in the long run. I’ve always know that Yo-Yo dieting is a bad idea but now I know why.

It slows your metabolism, decreases muscle mass and messes up your hormones. The column gives you more detailed information and cites clinical research and experts in the field.

Please share your experiences with me.


Talking About The 5 Love Languages on Radio Show

October 11, 2012

Life coach and author Greg Dinkin and dating coach Tripp educated Planet Love Match Radio listeners on how couples can better communicate at any stage of a relationship.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 10, 2012

Planet Love Match® Radio recently hosted dating coach Tripp from TrippAdvice.com and life coach Greg Dinkin to deliberate on how couples can improve their communication with each other.

According to life coach Greg Dinkin, if partners do not understand what makes each other feel loved they may as well be speaking different languages. “The five love languages are physical touch, words, gifts, acts of service and quality time,” said Dinkin. He told listeners that these are ways to show love, and that each type of gesture will resonate differently for different people.

Greg Dinkin is an author and life coach who has written three books, including “The Poker MBA,” which explores the ways that poker and business are alike and helps people read expressions, interpret body language, and intuit what others may do. “The five love languages” were described in the book by the same name written by author Gary Chapman.

Dinkin told listeners it is important for people to make the kind of loving gesture that is most likely to be valued by their partners. “My brother…he’s totally acts of service,” he said. “He’s married; he’ll come home and he’ll do the dishes, he’ll take care of the kids, he’ll do everything. And that’s great, but his wife likes words. Come in and tell her how beautiful she is!”

“If you’re giving these amazing gifts to your partner, and they’re saying ‘why don’t we go on a picnic,’ what they are saying is ‘this doesn’t land on me; quality time is my love language,’” Dinkin said.

Building on this, well known LA dating coach Tripp provided an example from his own life of what makes his girlfriend feel most loved by acknowledging she is most touched by acts of service. “She loves it when she comes home to a really clean house and all the dishes are done,” he said.

The hosts highlighted how communication of love languages is key in successful relationships. “I talk a lot about how poker skills can help in business because you want to keep information close to the vest. You don’t want to reveal anything, you want to get information,” Dinkin said. “But it’s a bad strategy for dating and life. In dating, I feel you want to be direct. In life, just ask” if you want to know how to best care for someone.

Tripp began hosting the popular dating advice podcast “Dudes Talking About Chicks” in 2010. The show was so popular he decided to expand into personal dating coaching. He now counsels men throughout the LA area on how to improve their understanding of women and attract women to them naturally. Tripp advises that when a person first starts dating someone, they should try to observe what sorts of actions their new friend appreciates the most. He asserts that showing affection in this manner can help cement the new relationship.

“If you can pick up on those signals that’s huge,” Tripp said. “Imagine if you could really tune into someone’s love language. That would be amazing.”

Dinkin further notes that gestures do not have to be grand in order to be loving, particularly early in a relationship. Having a plan such as walking on a beach together could be a well-appreciated date idea that conveys interest and affection. Tripp added that what was important was that the date idea was creative and fun.

One of the ways that Greg Dinkin started to truly understand the importance of love languages came from talking to friends who were divorced. “Everyone I know who’s divorced, I ask them what was the love language of their ex,” he said. “And they can’t tell me.”

Why ‘Experts’ Are Wrong About Health and Weight

October 9, 2012

You would think that the more I study nutrition, the more answers I would have. After reading yet another book, Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat … And What to Do About It,” I am back to searching for the “truth” about weight-loss and nutrition.

This reminds me of when I was a student at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN)…

Read the rest of my column at ThePostGame:



Why Eating More Helps You Lose Weight

October 4, 2012

Do you have a lot of discipline but still can’t lose weight? Do you get frustrated when your results don’t match your willpower?

Maybe the answer is to eat more. It’s counter-intuitive, I know, but there’s plenty of logic and evidence to show that it works.

I’ve tried every diet under the sun. I fasted for 15 days. I ran a marathon. I gave up soda. And while I did manage to go from 287 pounds to 187 pounds., I found my way back to 240 and fought every step of the way.

I finally figured out that the secret is to eat more. And eat more frequently.

I didn’t buy it either at first. After lots of research and understanding the why behind it, I made my way below 200 pounds again and, even better, get to enjoy that unrestricted feeling of eating as much as I want.

To find out the 5 reasons to eat more, check out the entire column on Yahoo’s ThePostGame:


Did NFL Replacement Refs Drive You To Drink?

September 28, 2012

What do Tavaris Jackson, a beer funnel, NFL replacement refs and Roger Goodell’s dismemberment have to do with author Martin Seligman and Yale professor Susan Nolen-Hoeksema?

Find out in my latest column for ThePostGame and learn 4 helpful tips to avoid depression.


Strahan, Anthony Davis Flip Liability Into Asset

September 25, 2012

A nagging injury, a stutter, a birth defect, or an addiction — these are things that I refer to as an “It.” “It” is something, real or perceived, that we think holds us back from maximizing our potential. For better or worse (which one is up to you), it is also often how we gain identity.

Read the rest of this column on ThePostGame to see how to turn your IT into your THING.



R.I.P. Amarillo Slim: 20 Best Slim-isms and my Obit in Grantland

May 1, 2012

Brilliant. Engaging. Controversial. And definitely the greatest raconteur who ever lived. I feel lucky to have known him the last 10 years of his life. Check out my story in Grantland. http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7874833/www.gregdinkin.com

Let’s honor the man with the gift of gab.

20 Best Amarillo Slim-isms: The Language of a Cowboy Road Gambler

  1. You can shear a sheep many a time, but you can skin ’em only once.
  2. If there’s anything worth arguing about, I’ll either bet on it or shut up.
  3. That boy couldn’t track an elephant in four feet of snow.
  4. If it was raining soup, he’d be out in it with a fork.
  5. He’d taken the bait like a country hog after town slop.
  6. That boy is lighter than a June frost.
  7. I never go looking for a sucker. I look for a champion and make a sucker out of him.
  8. I knocked that off like a dead limb.
  9. Warmer than a widow woman’s love.
  10. Very seldom do the lambs slaughter the butcher.
  11. All trappers don’t wear fur caps.
  12. As pretty as a speckled pup under a red wagon.
  13. That ain’t worth nine settings of eggs.
  14. That’s stronger than Nellie’s breath.
  15. He couldn’t swallow boiled okra.
  16. I’m closer to that boy than 19 is to 20.
  17. What he smelled cooking wasn’t on the fire.
  18. I had so many chips that a show dog couldn’t jump over it.
  19. Enough hundred-dollar bills to burn up 40 wet mules.
  20. I’d put a rattlesnake in your pocket and ask you for a match.