Radio Appearance


 I will be appearing tomorrow morning, Saturday 4/30, 
at around 10:10 am on Tough Talk with Joe Peters; 
94.3 fm in Northeast PA, there is a listen live link
 on the attached web site if you are outside of the listening area.
 I will be giving my insights on Childhood Obesity and Bullying

http://toughtalkwithjoepeters.com/

Recognize Those Who Make Up Your Support System


Below is an excerpt from my book: Fat Then Fit Now; A life beyond weight loss.  It outlines the different types of support or lack thereof you may expect in your weight loss journey.

I have broken down the type of people you will encounter into four categories.

If you would like to purchase the book, you can follow this link: https://www.createspace.com/3480552

or you can search for it on Amazon.com.

Support

There are many types of support out there. Some are good, some are not. Let’s break them down.

First is the one who encourages you, but doesn’t go overboard. This person is ideal. They don’t change their life while you are working toward your goal. When you tell them you have lost weight, they will give you a thumbs up and leave it at that.

Second is the over the top encourager. This person will be happy for you, but then go on and on about how good you have done. So much so, that it can make you uncomfortable. A simple good job is enough.

Third is the wing-person. This individual has the greatest intentions. Unfortunately, those intentions can end up making you, the person losing weight, feel guilty. The wing-person will not go to certain restaurants because you can’t eat there. They will avoid certain foods because you don’t eat them. In essence, they think they are helping you, but you actually start to feel bad that you are having an impact on their life, so you give in. You will go to a pizza restaurant and end up having pizza just so not to make the other person not go and eat.

Finally there is the saboteur. This individual has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Usually it is a man when a woman is trying to get fit. This person will bring home the bad stuff and enjoy eating it in front of you. This person will stock the cabinets full of the garbage you should not be eating and secretly get rid of your good food. The reason for this type of behavior? It is plain and simple insecurity.

You see women, men think you think, like men. They believe that you are going to have a hot body and you will immediately hop in the sack with any guy who now pays attention to you. So, their goal is to keep you unfit and unhealthy in the hopes that you will feel so bad about yourself that you will be grateful to have their insecure ass.

In fact many of your support group may be a combination of all of the above. Most are well meaning and think they are helping you.

How do you deal with those whose help may actually hinder your efforts? You don’t.

You don’t rely on anyone other than yourself.

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book; Fat Then Fit Now;  A life beyond wight loss.

He is available to speak at no charge to any school or any youth group. He will make himself available to any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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Taubes vs Oz


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I was on Jimmy Moore’s Facebook page and blog where I learned of science writer and author of the books; Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: and what to do about it, among other books, was recently on the Dr. Oz show.  Since I work when the show airs, I watched the online version of the show.

The show was interesting and  I thought Gary held his own and made his points in the allotted time.  I am sure it was edited for broadcast to fit the time frame, so I am willing to bet that we missed quite a bit.  I did find Dr. Oz to be closed minded and really out of his league when discussing low carbohydrate eating.  I will post more bout this at a later time when I have a chance to view the episode again.

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What concerned me was the on-line exclusive discussion concerning exercise.  Gary Taubes is correct; you do not need to incorporate exercise to lose weight.  I will not dispute this fact.  If an obese person follows a low carbohydrate eating plan — that person will lose weight.  No and, if or buts about it.

However, is that really the best way to accomplish the goal?

More importantly, should weight loss be the only goal?

Tthe answer to both questions is a resounding no!

In my book, in columns that I have written and interviews I have given; I am fond of saying that weight loss is a side effect of fitness.  Not because fitness is the way to lose weight, but because the goal is not weight loss — the actual goal is improved physical fitness.

I can’t tell you how many times I am asked about lose skin from losing over one hundred pounds or how can one maintain their weight loss and the big one;  I thought once I lost weight I would feel better, but I don’t.

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The answer to all of the above is exercise.  The problem is the general view of what exactly is exercise.

Most of what Dr. Oz said was incorrect.  The pacing, the type and even his overall statements were factually and practically off the mark.

Exercise must contain both progressive resistance and endurance exercise.  People must stop thinking aerobic or cardiovascular exercise.  Those terms limit the scope of thought, the type of exercise and of course, the results.

Gary Taubes made the comment that exercising will actually cause a person to eat more by “Working up an appetite.”

To those of us who exercise regularly and follow a low carb eating plan, we can attest that we may have an increase in hunger.  However, since low carb eating doesn’t concern itself with overall quantity of food, this is not a big deal.  That mindset should only apply to those that follow calorie restricted diets.

The other factor is that when one follow an exercise program that incorporates both progressive resistance training and endurance exercises, that person will actually crave the foods that will promote muscle repair in the form of proteins which will actually assist in  fat loss.

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My concern about Mr. Taubes so adamantly opposing exercise is that it will just give the lazy an excuse not to exercise.  It will give voice to the absurd comments Rush Limbaugh has made about weight loss and exercise.  In the end you will not experience all of the wonderful benefits of a healthful life.

As I have said before;  weight loss and fitness are not about living longer; they are about living better.

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book; Fat Then Fit Now;  A life beyond wight loss.

He is available to speak at no charge to any school or any youth group. He will make himself available to any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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Victims, Victimizers and Victimization


In my writing and speaking I focus on the positive aspects of life,  not only to be motivational, but to inspire those that are battling obesity to take charge of their own lack of self-control and in turn take command of their lives.

Often times I have been accused of being unfair, unfeeling or uncaring.  Of the three, the most often accusation leveled at me is that I am unfair.

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I am criticized for not understanding the plight of those who are obese.  I am attacked for not supporting groups like the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance or worse for not be welcoming of their mission statement which reads; NAAFA is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. 

Look at some of my before pictures.  I was an unhealthy, unfit and an undesirable three hundred and forty pounds.  What my detractors don’t understand, or perhaps just don’t like, is the fact that I shed my victim status and took responsibility for my deplorable physical condition.

As far as improving quality of life — the best way to improve quality of life is to shed body fat and embrace a fit lifestyle. I do not require, nor do I desire, an organization to justify my lack of inner strength nor to propose legislation to force others to make accommodations for my lack of discipline.

There are others outside the world of weight loss and fitness who just as wholeheartedly promote people to embrace victim status.   WILK’s Steve Corbett jumps to mind as the leading local voice attempting to convince his listeners that other people are responsible for both their lot in life and their salvation.

In any setting the victimizers are all the same.   They promote themselves as being the defenders of certain individuals, when in fact, they exploit those individuals to further their agenda.

The victimizers not only want, but need us to accept the role as victim.  Their own self worth, advancement of their ideals and excuses for their own weakness requires that their target audience scapegoat others for their predicaments.  The victimizers entire sense of self is dependent upon the victimization of the masses. Without people accepting victim status, they have no audience — and in turn, possess no tangible self worth.

In the battle over obesity, how can you no longer be a victim? In the absence of an underlying medical condition, accept the fact that you and your choices are responsible for your current condition.  Once you accept that it is your choices and your responses to situations that led you to where you are — resolve to no longer be a victim of those particular choices.

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I have written about two amazing young people; Stephanie Jallen and Bethany Hamilton.  Both of these young people could very well have been the victims of circumstance.  Yet, these women made a choice that they would NOT be victims.  They would not simply overcome their situations, but they would succeed because of what others would perceive as limitations.  They did not blame others for what happened to them. They accepted what fate had delivered into their lives and have gone on to great achievements.

What is most fascinating about these two incredible individuals is that they made their decisions not to be victims at young ages.  Stephanie was nine years old when she embarked on her dream of being a champion paralympic skier and Bethany was thirteen when she decided to not allow the loss of an arm to derail her dreams to be a champion surfer.  Read that again; one person was nine the other thirteen years old.  They chose how they would respond to adversity before they were even old enough to drive a car.

Can we as adults learn from the examples of those so young?

Is there a situation so bleak that it requires unhealthy eating?

Are we able to overcome simple laziness to reach our fitness goals?

The answers are yes, no and yes. We are capable of learning, we are intelligent enough to realize that food will not solve the problems and we can be resolute to overcome laziness.

However, those who promote victimization would tell you just the opposite.

They do not want you to believe in yourself.

They do not want you to accept individual responsibility and perhaps most importantly, they do not want you to believe that you as an individual can conquer your own inner demons.

There are no more malevolent persons than those that want you to be convinced that your fate, your position or your condition is the fault of someone other than yourself.  The evil resides in their desire for you to stay overweight, out of shape and down and out simply to justify their existence.

Say no to being victimized.

Say no to the vicitmizers.

Say no to being a victim.

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Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet. His web site www.ObesityUndone.com is available to help you reach your goals.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, Bounce Back to Your Brilliance w/Angel Tyree, What’s Weighing You Downw/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information  is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting that I write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.************

 

Getting Older Does NOT Equal Getting Fatter


Today on the radio I heard a commercial for yet another weight loss without effort product. Accuracy be dammed. The commercial was full of standard pseudo-scientific hokum designed to separate one from their cash that I typically ignore. However, there was one quote that got my attention.

One quote that preyed upon the fears of many people.
One quote that I know to be patently absurd, but I also know people will believe.
One quote that many use as an excuse for allowing their bodies to degrade and become burden’s on our nation’s health-care system.

What is that quote?

“The older you get the fatter you get.”

My attention was caught.
My concentration was brought to the radio.
My Sicilian blood boiled as anger fueled seething rage.

This load of garbage was being affirmed as if it were simply a fact.

This myth was being utilized to sell hopeful, distraught persons a magical cure to the current epidemic of obesity.

This old wives tale was being broadcast over, as WILK pitchman  Steve Corbett calls them,  the trusted public airwaves to exploit a gullible and desperate listening audience.

The older you get the fatter you get is a simply stupid statement. Perhaps a more accurate proclamation might be the lazier you get the fatter you get.

As I have written in the past, unless there is an underlying medical cause, there is no reason, aging or any other, for one to become obese. Obesity is a result of poor eating habits and lack of proper exercise.

My experience has been, the older I am  the fitter I am. The truth is that people who follow my plan don’t believe any of the standard drivel that is being propagated. They are living proof that if you follow the FatThenFitNow.com plan getting fatter is not an option.

The problem with most of these weight reduction programs and products is that they are pushing the much desired fable of weight loss without effort. They will use the lazy desire to drop weight without changing eating or exercise habits to enhance their profits.

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If you were to believe their hype then you could eat to your heart’s content and have the body of Adonis or Athena. Well I myself, at one time or another, had tried almost every plan on the market. I am well aware that this is not the case. The only weight I did lose was in my wallet and bank account. The net effect, without embracing a fit lifestyle, was a rebound in weight and a more miserable existence.

Those who follow the FatThenFitnow.com plan understand that well-being is much more than just about the numbers on the scale. It is about overall good health and weight loss is a side effect of fitness.

To develop a good physique, to drop ugly disgusting body fat and to enjoy better health takes an investment. It is a combination of the threes.

The three D’s:

Desire

Discipline

Determination

And the three E’s:

Eating

Energy

Exercise

Don’t fall victim to the hype.

Don’t throw away hard-earned money.

Don’t ignore the old adage; “if it is too good to be true, it isn’t.”

I took control of my life, I can help others take control of theirs. I went from a disgusting 340 pound amorphous blob, to now possessing a fit physique. I exercise daily. I know longer fear an out-of-order elevator; I no longer walk by the booth at my favorite diner and I don’t need the seatbelt extender when I fly.

I shout loud and proud — I WAS FAT THEN, BUT I’M FIT NOW!

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book; Fat Then Fit Now;  A life beyond wight loss.

He is available to speak at no charge to any school or any youth group. He will make himself available to any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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Soul Surfer — The Triumph Of The Human Spirit


Movies, books, articles and stories have touched us all at one time or another.  Some stir us with negative emotions of outrage and anger.  Yet, others move us to action.  Moreover, others open our eyes to the realization of just how wonderful life is and inspire us to be more than we are.

The first movie ever to motivate me was Rocky.  The story of the broken down, never could have been a contender fighter was as uplifting as it was powerful.  How many kids cracked a half dozen or so eggs into a glass and felt the slime of raw eggs slip down our throats?  We convinced ourselves that it was delicious, and fought the reflex to expel the uncooked concoction, confident that we would be able to workout harder and heavier because it helped The Italian Stallion go the distance.

While the real life Ali-Wepner match may have sparked the fighting style, the tale of Rocky Balboa is Hollywood myth.  To paraphrase a cliché — Life is more uplifting than fiction.

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Yesterday, I took my girlfriend’s daughter to see Soul Surfer; the real life account of Bethany Hamilton.  For those who don’t know; thirteen year old Hamilton was a rising surf star based in Hawaii.  One day while on the ocean training, a shark attack almost took her life.  While she survived the attack, the shark severed her left arm at the shoulder.

If there was a give reason to simply give up one’s dreams; that may have been it.  Yet, the young woman wasn’t about to quit.  After the attack, all she thought about was getting back on her board and competing.  When the task became  to be too difficult, she was ready to abandon her life’s ambition.

On a volunteer mission to help the tsunami-ravaged people of Thailand, she was given the opportunity to see human suffering up close.  Returning home, she was overwhelmed by letters from people across the globe who were inspired by the failed efforts that caused her to want to quit.

After some serious soul searching, Bethany Hamilton made the decision that what had happened to her would not derail her ambitions.  She made the choice to not simply overcome her circumstances, but to be better because of them.

One of my first columns that I authored for the Pittston Sunday Dispatch was about  local Paralympic skier; Stephanie Jallen. I discussed how I did not want to work out on a particular day just because I was tired.  I was inspired not to walk out of the gym or take it easy by the example of Miss Jallen.

I walked away from the movie feeling much the same way.  Life can be hard, brutal and downright unfair. There are harbingers of doom,  such as WILK’s Steve Corbett, who will tell you how awful your existence is —  but it is up to us how we chose to respond to adversity.

You can wallow in the angst and pessimism of those around you and quit on yourself, or you can follow the motivation stories of Stephanie Jallen and Bethany Hamilton and  take charge of the only thing in life you actually have any control over; yourself.

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Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet. His web site www.ObesityUndone.com is available to help you reach your goals.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, Bounce Back to Your Brilliance w/Angel Tyree, What’s Weighing You Downw/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information  is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting that I write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.************

 

Who Is Supporting You In Battling Obesity?


Below is an excerpt from my book: Fat Then Fit Now; A life beyond weight loss.  It outlines the different types of support or lack thereof you may expect in your weight loss journey.

I have broken down the type of people you will encounter into four categories.

If you would like to purchase the book, you can follow this link: https://www.createspace.com/3480552

or you can search for it on Amazon.com.

Support

There are many types of support out there. Some are good, some are not. Let’s break them down.

First is the one who encourages you, but doesn’t go overboard. This person is ideal. They don’t change their life while you are working toward your goal. When you tell them you have lost weight, they will give you a thumbs up and leave it at that.

Second is the over the top encourager. This person will be happy for you, but then go on and on about how good you have done. So much so, that it can make you uncomfortable. A simple good job is enough.

Third is the wing-person. This individual has the greatest intentions. Unfortunately, those intentions can end up making you, the person losing weight, feel guilty. The wing-person will not go to certain restaurants because you can’t eat there. They will avoid certain foods because you don’t eat them. In essence, they think they are helping you, but you actually start to feel bad that you are having an impact on their life, so you give in. You will go to a pizza restaurant and end up having pizza just so not to make the other person not go and eat.

Finally there is the saboteur. This individual has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Usually it is a man when a woman is trying to get fit. This person will bring home the bad stuff and enjoy eating it in front of you. This person will stock the cabinets full of the garbage you should not be eating and secretly get rid of your good food. The reason for this type of behavior? It is plain and simple insecurity.

You see women, men think you think, like men. They believe that you are going to have a hot body and you will immediately hop in the sack with any guy who now pays attention to you. So, their goal is to keep you unfit and unhealthy in the hopes that you will feel so bad about yourself that you will be grateful to have their insecure ass.

In fact many of your support group may be a combination of all of the above. Most are well meaning and think they are helping you.

How do you deal with those whose help may actually hinder your efforts? You don’t.

You don’t rely on anyone other than yourself.

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book; Fat Then Fit Now;  A life beyond wight loss.

He is available to speak at no charge to any school or any youth group. He will make himself available to any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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