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3 Week Diet

The 3 Week Diet

NEW YORK, NY / October 6, 2016 – Dieters frustrated with typical diets that either don’t work or that produce minimal weight loss now have another choice — a revolutionary program that guarantees weight loss of 12-23 pounds in just three weeks.

The program, which is being called “The 3 Week Diet,” was developed by Brian Flatt, an experienced nutritionist and personal trainer from Southern California. He says he created the program as a solution “to all of those ‘mainstream’ diet programs which are time-consuming, inefficient and just plain ineffective.”

“After reading well over 500 medical studies, dozens of diet books and reviewing hundreds of diet systems, programs, gadgets, pills and potions, I have put together what I feel is the ultimate rapid weight loss diet system,” Flatt said. “This program is the result of more than a decade of research and more than two and a half years of real-world tweaking and testing.”

One big difference between this program and other diets is its focus on cellular inflammation, Flatt indicated.

According to Flatt, cellular inflammation is the real cause of weight gain, yet most diets ignore that fact.

“If we take control of cellular inflammation, we can effectively increase our ability to lose weight, burn fat, increase metabolism and keep body fat from ever coming back,” Flatt said.

His 3 Week Diet also:

Focuses on correcting the bad information dieters receive
Avoids counting calories or the “eat less – exercise more” mantra that the medical community has been pushing for decades
Gives dieters an easy to follow, step-by-step plan of action
Produces quick results so dieters don’t get discouraged and continue jumping from diet plan to diet plan

“Most of the diet plans out there approach weight loss with a slow and sensible approach,” Flatt said. “Yes, it’s true that if you eat certain foods and work out really hard for an hour or so every day, you will lose weight. The problem, however, is that the weight comes off way too slowly because these types of diet plans don’t attack the stubborn, stored body fat.”

Flatt designed his program to provide dieters with essential nutrients that the body needs for good health and proper functioning, while eliminating all those nutrients that slow — and even stop — a person from burning fat.

The program not only gives dieters a step-by-step blueprint to lose weight, but also utilizes supplements that help dieters recruit body fat to be burned for fuel, maintain lean body mass, and increase their metabolism.

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The 3 Week Diet focuses on three main components to help dieters lose unwanted weight: diet, exercise and mindset. Dieters learn what to eat, when to eat and how to eat to lose weight. They also get supplement and exercise tips to speed up their weight loss even more. Finally, they develop the mindset, or willpower, to lose weight and keep it off. The 3 Week Diet was developed by health and nutrition coach and personal trainer Brian Flatt. Brian is the owner of R.E.V. Fitness, a personal training facility based in Southern California.

The Chinese in Mexicali

Plaza de la Amistad (Friendship Plaza) pagodas

Plaza de la Amistad (Friendship Plaza) pagodas

Mexicali is the capital of the State of Baja California and 2nd largest city in Baja California after Tijuana.

Mexicali was officially founded on 14th March 1903 and is situated on the U.S.-Mexico border adjacent to its much smaller sister city of Calexico, California.

Mexicali’s extended population is close to one million, while Calexico’s population is less than 40,000. Mexicali has the distinction of being the northernmost city in Latin America.

When you cross the border from Calexico, you see two large pagodas. This is because Mexicali started out as a small town populated mainly by Chinese laborers.

The first Chinese to arrive in the Mexicali area came as laborers hired by the Colorado River Land Company to build the massive irrigation system in the Valle de Mexicali around the turn of the 20th century. This irrigation system still exists, supplying Colorado River water to the cotton and vegetable growers on the outskirts of Mexicali and well beyond.

The Chinese were also brought in to help with railroad construction during the same period. The railroad is still active and cuts through the center of Mexicali, crossing the border into Calexico.

Rail tracks on Avenida Lopez Mateos leading north to the border crossing

Rail tracks on Avenida Lopez Mateos leading north to the border crossing

The tracks are right next to the border crossing area for cars and pedestrians and are in plain view. At night, from our house, we can hear the train as it whistles its way across the border.

Many of the Chinese who came to work in Mexicali stayed on. The congregated in an area of Mexicali now called Chinesca or Chinatown.

Chinesca became the main site of Mexicali’s casinos and bars. There was even an underground tunnel network to Calexico—not for drugs, but for bootleggers to smuggle liquor into the states, and to provide access from the U.S. to Mexicali’s bordellos and opium dens.

By the 1920s Mexicali’s Chinese outnumbered the Mexicans by roughly 10,000 to 700 and the Chinese became a power to contend with. The Chinese started the China Association, devoted to bringing in Chinese wives for the men as women were not allowed in as laborers—or as wives. The China Association is still functions today.

Now, of course, due primarily to its industrial growth, Mexicali is populated mainly by Mexicans.

Still, Mexicali has more Chinese restaurants per capita than any other city in Mexico.

There are well over a hundred Chinese restaurants in Mexicali and Cantonese cooking dominates, as most all of the Chinese immigrants were and are Cantonese. If you happen to speak Cantonese, you will find plenty of people who understand you—at least in Mexicali’s Chinese restaurants.

Jim, Matthew and I just love egg rolls. We really do. However, we could not find them anywhere on the menu. Finally, at the Beijing Restaurant, Matthew drew a picture of an egg roll. “Oh,” said the Chinese waiter (in perfect Spanish), “you mean chung cun!”

An egg roll by any other name would taste as good.

(Sorry Shakespeare!)

4 comments to The Chinese in Mexicali

  • I really enjoyed your blog, and thanks for linking to me in your very interesting article. I love those Google photos and may try that.
    God Bless,

  • […] her blog MaryAnn mentions that many of the restaurant owners speak Chinese. I took Chinese as a teenager and I’ve lived in […]

  • You might drop into Sinapsis Cafe on Av. Republica de Argentina 298–you will be on the street when you cross the border, only that it will be called Madero, but will change to Argentina. They open at 4:00pm. It’s a nice place, and English is spoken! There is the cathedral which is close to the border, and plenty of good Chinese restaurants.
    God Bless,

  • Greetings Mexicali MaryAnn!

    I’m from Vancouver, British Columbia and will be in southern California next week. I’ve never been to Mexico and have always wanted to go so I’ve nagged my host into taking me down for a visit to Mexicali! w00t!

    He’s asked me to provide an itinerary and was wondering if you’d be so kind as to give this clueless Canadian a few tips on things to do in Mexicali if I’ve only got a day or two keeping in mind that I love historical stuff. I’m definitely gonna check out this Chinatown… Being from Vancouver I can string together a few lines in Cantonese when need be!

    Keep up the great blogging!

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