Are You Ready For A Fit New You?


If you have lost weight, tried to lose weight or are just thinking about losing weight you have undoubtedly been inundated by advertising.

Be it television, radio, spam, billboards,  hell even folks walking the streets with sandwich boards… you are hit by a plethora of quick fix weight loss promising products..

Drink this in place of a meal and you will lose weight.

Order pre-packaged food and you will lose weight.

Take this “natural” pill and you will lose weight.

I’ve been exposed to them all, I’ve even tried a few. Everything from fasting, juicing, fruit only, to  vegetable only diets all promise rapid weight loss without effort.

I am always skeptical of the fast, fat-loss fads that claim to bring forth  miracles that are too good to be true. Why? Because they are too good to be true.

Jogging on a bright November morningImage by Ed Yourdon via Flickr

Anyone who knows me, has heard me on the radio, podcasts, seen me on television,  has read my book or this blog is aware that I am an avid low carbohydrate follower. They also understand that I am more than just about a diet.  I am a firm believer in the power and benefits of exercise and fitness.  I work out seven days a week.

The most effective way to lose weight and get in shape is following my plan. Okay, I’m a little biased. However, if you follow and apply the 3 D’s and the 3 E’s you have no option but to gain renewed health.

Desire to get in shape

Determine that you will do it.

Have the discipline to get it done.

Eat a diet low in carbohydrates, as close to nature and as unprocessed as possible

Exercise seven days a week. Include endurance, cardiovascular training along with progressive resistance workouts.

Posses positive mental energy knowing that you will accomplish your goals and recapture your health.

Be consistent!

Strive for excellence!

Make your health a priority!

You won’t get there with haphazard plans or habits. You must work at it, there are no shortcuts, there is no free pass.

The results will be a fit new you, a healthy individual brimming with confidence and beaming with pride.

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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  to any school, association or 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; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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Blog Talk Radio: Weight Loss Surgeries


Tune in today,  Wed May 25th, at 11:30am,  listen and call in as we  discuss views on different weight loss surgeries and I relate to you how you can lose weight and get fit without the risks of surgery.

The call in number is 1 (661) 449-9928.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fatthenfitnow/2011/05/25/weight-loss-surgery

You can listen to any show my clicking here:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fatthenfitnow
Thank You,
Joe

The Most Effective Way To Lose Weight and Get In Shape!!


If you have lost weight, tried to lose weight or are just thinking about losing weight you have undoubtedly been inundated by advertising.

Be it television, radio, spam, billboards,  hell even folks walking the streets with sandwich boards… you are hit by a plethora of quick fix weight loss promising products..

Drink this in place of a meal and you will lose weight.

Order pre-packaged food and you will lose weight.

Take this “natural” pill and you will lose weight.

I’ve been exposed to them all, I’ve even tried a few. Everything from fasting, juicing, fruit only, to  vegetable only diets all promise rapid weight loss without effort.

I am always skeptical of the fast, fat-loss fads that claim to bring forth  miracles that are too good to be true. Why? Because they are too good to be true.

Jogging on a bright November morning

Image by Ed Yourdon via Flickr

Anyone who knows me, has heard me on the radio, podcasts, seen me on television,  has read my book or this blog is aware that I am an avid low carbohydrate follower. They also understand that I am more than just about a diet.  I am a firm believer in the power and benefits of exercise and fitness.  I work out seven days a week.

The most effective way to lose weight and get in shape is following my plan. Okay, I’m a little biased. However, if you follow and apply the 3 D’s and the 3 E’s you have no option but to gain renewed health.

Desire to get in shape

Determine that you will do it.

Have the discipline to get it done.

Eat a diet low in carbohydrates, as close to nature and as unprocessed as possible

Exercise seven days a week. Include endurance, cardiovascular training along with progressive resistance workouts.

Posses positive mental energy knowing that you will accomplish your goals and recapture your health.

Be consistent!

Strive for excellence!

Make your health a priority!

You won’t get there with haphazard plans or habits. You must work at it, there are no shortcuts, there is no free pass.

The results will be a fit new you, a healthy individual brimming with confidence and beaming with pride.

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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  to any school, association or 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; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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When Did Avoiding Strenuous Work Become Admirable?


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“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Yesterday I was taking care of my girlfriend’s yard when the above quote came to mind.  I use a manual, human powered push mower and non-mechanical hedge clippers.  I edge the lawn using hand held clippers.  I worked for three hours in beautiful sunshine with the only scent in the air being that of  fresh cut grass. There were no emissions, nor noise  of  motors or engines to spoil the idyllic day.

A neighbor happened by and asked me about my non-mechanically aided endeavorer. I stated it was not only enjoyable, but there was something very fulfilling to accomplish a task utilizing nothing but the strength of my body.  The person said, “But sometimes it is just better for work to be easier.”   I disagreed, however, I seem to be in the minority.

In today’s society we seem to have slipped into a false truth — that if it is easier, it is better. We have remote controls for everything; the television, garage door, fans and even air conditioners all have little devices so we no longer must heft ourselves out of our comfy seats and move. Hell, if you count the clapper, we don’t even have to get off of our rear-ends to operate a light switch.

Go out in public and you will find doors that open automatically, two-story shopping malls with escalators, you need but a wave of the hand to start water flowing from a sink or dispense a paper towel. We don’t even have to flush the toilet.

In society today it seems that we are always looking for the path of least resistance. The path that takes the least amount of work is the path most chosen. Even in the gym, where people are working out to get more fit, one can observe the same pattern. If say a person wants to use 50 pound dumbells for an exercise, but the weight is not there, many will go down to the 45′s instead of up to the 55′s.

Why not, while using proper form and safety precautions, test one’s self and go up in weight a bit?

Why not make it harder?

We are bombarded by marketing ploys that are supposed to make being healthy easy. Products will help us lose weight without any effort, they even market exercise machines that will magically produce results with less effort.  Isn’t the point of exercise to promote effort?

We have moved away from the “Strenuous Life” President Theodore Roosevelt so extolled.

Our schools continue to cut out recess and shortened gym classes, yet President Roosevelt used his belief in the strenuous life to overcome childhood ailments. He strongly believed in the adage that a fit mind requires a fit body to house it. He exercised, engaged in sport, he even skinny dipped in the Potomac River during the winter. While I would never consider swimming in the Susquehanna River as it runs along the Pittston to Wilkes-Barre corridor in anything less than a bio-hazard suit, I admire Teddy’s attitude and drive when it came to pursuing the strenuous life.

Our current President took more than a year to fill positions on The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. So, while the First Lady was admirably campaigns to increase awareness of childhood obesity, the President of the United States delayed action on the council that was founded to encourage American children to be healthy and active.  Am I missing something?

In his 1899 address before the Hamilton Club, in of all places Chicago, Teddy Roosevelt asked the question, “Who among you would teach your boys that ease is to be the first consideration in their eyes—to be the ultimate goal after which they strive?

It seems that by today’s standard, the answer would be yes. Thanks to the conveniences of modern society life is easier.  However, considering the soaring obesity rates, both adult and childhood, are the results of ease worth the price?

So I ask the question  — Are we teaching our boys and girls to strive for ease? If we are — How much damage are we doing?

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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  to any school, association or 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; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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Avandia, Contrave, etc… Why Not Proper Eating and Exercise?


There has been some recent news about the diabetes drug Avandia and a couple of years ago there was reports about the diet drug Contrave. …

When will we ever learn that for most of us the answer is not in the form of a pill or at the end of a scalpel?

Why don’t we ever focus on proper low carbohydrate eating and exercise?

The following is a column I wrote in 2008.

Food and Drug Administration panel has just recommended for approval a new diet drug, Contrave, that, according to a report, didn’t quite meet all the criteria the agency had set for obesity drugs.  Hmm!  So, the first diet drug in a decade recommended for approval, doesn’t even meet the FDA’s criteria.  Am I the only one scratching my head?

Not only does it not meet all the criteria, the news articles further report that there is also the potential for heart-related side effects.  So, we are going to try and reduce obesity to help stave off heart disease by … taking a drug that may have heart related side effects.  Okay, am I missing something?

Additionally,  it is reported that part of the drug’s formula, bupropion, is already known to increase blood pressure. Now, let me get this straight. Obesity is a controllable cause of hypertension,  so to counteract the effect of obesity, we are going to now take a drug that may actually increase an already elevated blood pressure.   I have to ask; are people out of their  minds!?!?!

How many diet pills have been pulled off the market in the past?  The antidepressant in this chemical concoction has been pulled off the shelves at one time.  Do people need bricks to fall on them to realize that all drugs have potential side effects and are not the answer to the obesity problem?

Those  who battle obesity need to stop looking to drugs for the solution. The answer is within each of you.  Perhaps, you need some help bringing it up from the depths of your being, but trust me, the inner strength is there.

There is no reason to  become the victim of a later learned drug side effect, because by the time the dangerous side effect is learned, it may be too late.

In addition to the drugs, I implore those who are obese to stop turning to surgeons whose scalpels cut and constrict to cure.  How much sense does it make to risk side effects of anesthesia, post-op infection,malabsorption syndrome, et al when it is not necessary?  Of the people I am acquainted with,  or have learned about, who have had the various surgeries, I only know of one person who doesn’t have any type of long-lasting negative effect from the procedure.

There is no reason to take any of these risks to lose weight and regain health.  The answers are within each of you.  Via mental energy, exercise and eating you can not only overcome obesity, you can remodel you body and, most importantly, recapture your health

Mental energy is the belief that you can control yourself.  And let me tell you something; you can control yourself.  You can control what you eat and how much exercise you put out.  When you keep saying I can’t, you won’t.  You can.  I know you can.

Exercise is a must.  We need to keep out bodies moving each and every day. Exercise is the oft sought fountain of youth, don’t neglect it.

Eating is the easiest of the three.  Cut out the carbohydrates, adopt a low carbohydrate eating plan.   Eat healthy fats, lean proteins and vegetables.  Not only do these foods taste delicious, they make you feel and function better.

By taking control of oneself, we are able to conquer obesity, but more important, we are able to restore a sense of self-confidence.  By beating back obesity without the use of gimmicks, unnecessary and potentially harmful drugs and surgery, we show ourselves what we can accomplish when we set our minds to something.

You have it within yourself.  Don’t just believe it, know it!

The belief in drugs and surgery over oneself and proper diet and exercise is contrived bulls__t!

Find the strength and send the unhealthy, unfit version of yourself packing. Once you do, you will live life 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  to any school, association or 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; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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Fat Then Fit Now Questions Answered


In my quest to end obesity I have been asked many, many questions — here are a few, with my answers.

Q. How many years do you think losing all that weight will add to your life?

A. I don’t know and I don’t care.  I did not get back in shape to live longer, I did it to live better.

Q.  Did you have surgery?

No. No drugs, no surgery, no gimmicks.

Q. What was your motivation?

A. Plain and simple I was tired of being fat.  Unless you have been obese you really don’t understand the self-imposed limitations on your life.  Can you imagine going into a restaurant or diner and praying that a table is open, because you can not fit in a booth?!? Or walking up a flight of stairs and stopping half way to catch your breath? How about taking a flight somewhere and wondering if you are going to to spill over into

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) wit...

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the next seat and  inconvenience the poor person next to you, or worse yet, be forced to purchase an extra seat?  Obese people who say that they are happy the way they are, are full of it.  Take it from me, I was morbidly obese, I was fat, as I have stated I made Shamu look svelte — I was not happy.

Q. What is the secret?

A. There is no secret just:

Desire! Determination! Discipline!

Q. If there is no secret then why have a weight loss business?

A. To motivate others who share my past problem conquer theirs and to help others have a better quality of life and perhaps in the process SAVE a few lives.

Q. Is Fat Then Fit Now, part of your practice? Do you accept insurance?

A. No to both. Fat Then Fit Now is a motivational entity designed to get people started and succeed in regaining health and developing fitness. It is recommended that anyone utilizing Fat Then Fit Now have a thorough medical examination prior to beginning.

Q. Which web-site for information do you visit the most often.

A. Jimmy Moore’s site is the gold standard for low carb information on the web. If the research has been done, Jimmy has posted it on his site. His in-depth interviews are available on his podcasts.

Q. When do you plan to start the online version of Fat Then Fit Now?

A. I am planning  a relaunch of www.FatThenFitNow.com for July  of 2011,  however I have taken on a clients at my office, as my schedule permits. Anyone interested can contact me via e-mail FatThenFitNow@me.com

Q. Will you accept children as well as adults as clients?

A. Yes.  The childhood obesity rate is alarming.  Something needs to be done; Now!

Q. Do you take those who have had failed gastric by-pass surgeries.

A. Yes, I do.  The rate of failure of these surgeries is alarming.  I have recently begun accepting clients of failed bariatric surgeries.

Q. How do you feel that the current Surgeon General of the United States is overweight?

Rush Limbaugh at CPAC in February 2009.

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A. I don’t like it. I think we need to set examples. I have the same opinion about celebrities like Kevin Smith, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Moore and politicians who don’t have the discipline to control themselves.

Q. You seem to be harsh and  unyielding at times; Why?

A. Because, excuses and excuse makers are enablers. We have a serious problem, one that can’t be solved by being weak.

Q.  In your local area, who do you consider to be the biggest enemy of the state of good health and why?

A. WILK’s Talk Jock Steve Corbett.  He advocates a supposedly healthy dietary lifestyle (which is anything but)  and talks as if he actually is informed on the topic.  However, he shills for a lot of unhealthy food merchants.  If one is going to advocate healthy eating, which he does, even though it really isn’t, — then why would one promote health robbing, obesity encouraging foods and establishments?

Q. When are you going to write a book?

A. I did and it is available in e-book and paper back versions, you can find the links at www.FatThenFitNow.com

Q. Besides your own; what books do you recommend?

Cover of

Cover of Good Calories, Bad Calories

A.  Either book by Gary Taubes; Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat, Jimmy Moore’s; 21 Life Lessons, Deborah Montalto Piffer’s;Kicking Diabetes Ass and Dr. Robert Su’s; Carbohydrates Can Kill

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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  to any school, association or 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; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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Excellence or Mediocrity? The Choice Is Yours!


I heard that word again.

You know, that one word answer to the obesity epidemic.

It is the word that is offered as the simplistic solution to all our woes.

It is the word that the lazy jog on out to justify their lackadaisical, exercise efforts.

It is the word that those who consume junk food use as an excuse to feed their hunger.

It is the one word that makes the hairs on my neck stand straight up.

It is the one word that causes every muscle in my body to reflexively tense until they cramp.

What is the word?

Moderation!

The proponents of moderation tell us; to lose weight, all we need do is eat in moderation.

Radio personality and self-proclaimed America’s Doctor, media medic Dr. Dean Edell will tell you to eat whatever you like, just do so in moderation.

The gurus of pseudo-fitness decree that to shape up your body all you must do is exercise moderately.

Michael Savage 2002
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Even tough talking, bombastic radio hostMichael Savage, a man for whom political moderation is a travesty, demonstrates what a wuss he is when it comes to serious exercise when he states that you should only exercise enough to get your muscles warm. Yo, Dr. Michael Alan Weiner, stop being such weenie; moderation produces moderate results.

If you suffer from obesity — did eating moderately cause you to become overweight?

If you are a physical wreck —  did you reach that state because you were only moderately slothful?

If you only want to kind-of, sort-of lose weight, I highly suggest moderation.

If you only kind-of, sort-of desire to improve your fitness level, then by all means, only exercise moderately.

If the object of education is to barely understand what you are studying, please, only review the material every now and then.

If the goal of your life is to only achieve limited, average, mediocre success, then don’t work too hard and that is exactly what you will achieve.

Simply stated, if your goal is excellence, you won’t get there via half-hearted, half-way, moderate attempts.

If you want to reshape your body and retake control of your very being, you must be willing to dedicate yourself to that effort.

You must not only have the desire to lose weight, you must not only have the determination get in shape, you must also have the discipline to accomplish your goals.

You must be aware of everything that you eat every day. You must do some form of exercise each day of the week. You must make a new you a priority in your life.

If you are unwilling to work hard, you will not reach your goals. If you are not going to invest time to exercise, the results won’t be those you desire.

I’m not saying to push yourself to the extreme limits elite athletes push themselves, but you must push yourself within your own limits. You must make the maximum effort you are capable of making to achieve the results you desire.

Of course, get a thorough physical examination. Be as sure as possible that you will not suffer deleterious effects from exercise or a new diet. When you are sure your current physical state can handle it, go out and begin to reshape and remodel your body.

Take it slow at first.

Gradually, build up your strength and endurance.

However, as you progress and your fitness level improves, slowly but surely push yourself a little further.

As you continue to improve, as the excess body fat falls from your body, as you need to purchase new clothing, as you begin to enjoy a more active, fulfilling life you will no longer accept mediocrity.

Moderation? I don’t think so. I will take excellence any day!

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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  to any school, association or 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; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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Strive For Excellence or Moderation? The Choice Is Yours!


I heard that word again.

You know, that one word answer to the obesity epidemic.

It is the word that is offered as the simplistic solution to all our woes.

It is the word that the lazy jog on out to justify their lackadaisical, exercise efforts.

It is the word that those who consume junk food use as an excuse to feed their hunger.

It is the one word that makes the hairs on my neck stand straight up.

It is the one word that causes every muscle in my body to reflexively tense until they cramp.

What is the word?

Moderation!

The proponents of moderation tell us; to lose weight, all we need do is eat in moderation.

Radio personality and self-proclaimed America’s Doctor, media medic Dr. Dean Edell will tell you to eat whatever you like, just do so in moderation.

The gurus of pseudo-fitness decree that to shape up your body all you must do is exercise moderately.

Michael Savage 2002
Image via Wikipedia

Even tough talking, bombastic radio hostMichael Savage, a man for whom political moderation is a travesty, demonstrates what a wuss he is when it comes to serious exercise when he states that you should only exercise enough to get your muscles warm. Yo, Dr. Michael Alan Weiner, stop being such weenie; moderation produces moderate results.

If you suffer from obesity — did eating moderately cause you to become overweight?

If you are a physical wreck —  did you reach that state because you were only moderately slothful?

If you only want to kind-of, sort-of lose weight, I highly suggest moderation.

If you only kind-of, sort-of desire to improve your fitness level, then by all means, only exercise moderately.

If the object of education is to barely understand what you are studying, please, only review the material every now and then.

If the goal of your life is to only achieve limited, average, mediocre success, then don’t work too hard and that is exactly what you will achieve.

Simply stated, if your goal is excellence, you won’t get there via half-hearted, half-way, moderate attempts.

If you want to reshape your body and retake control of your very being, you must be willing to dedicate yourself to that effort.

You must not only have the desire to lose weight, you must not only have the determination get in shape, you must also have the discipline to accomplish your goals.

You must be aware of everything that you eat every day. You must do some form of exercise each day of the week. You must make a new you a priority in your life.

If you are unwilling to work hard, you will not reach your goals. If you are not going to invest time to exercise, the results won’t be those you desire.

I’m not saying to push yourself to the extreme limits elite athletes push themselves, but you must push yourself within your own limits. You must make the maximum effort you are capable of making to achieve the results you desire.

Of course, get a thorough physical examination. Be as sure as possible that you will not suffer deleterious effects from exercise or a new diet. When you are sure your current physical state can handle it, go out and begin to reshape and remodel your body.

Take it slow at first.

Gradually, build up your strength and endurance.

However, as you progress and your fitness level improves, slowly but surely push yourself a little further.

As you continue to improve, as the excess body fat falls from your body, as you need to purchase new clothing, as you begin to enjoy a more active, fulfilling life you will no longer accept mediocrity.

Moderation? I don’t think so. I will take excellence any day!

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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  to any school, association or 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; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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Fat Then Fit Now Introduction 05/05 by FatThenFitNow | Blog Talk Radio


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Fat Then Fit Now

Fat Then Fit Now Introduction 05/05 by FatThenFitNow | Blog Talk Radio.

We will discuss my personal battle withobesity and the steps I took to score a victory.

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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  to any school, association or 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; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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