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?
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.
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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!
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.