Should Exercise Be Fun?


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“…. to go into a cold gym takes a lot of discipline, boy, I’ll tell ya. … I never liked to exercise, but I like results.”   Jack LaLanne

CAM00364I was reading on one of the many Facebook pages I belong to and someone was asking about not feeling up to a workout.  Some of the responses suggested that workouts must be fun.  As I read them I had to ask myself two questions:

Are my workouts fun? Do they need to be?

My exercise routine is spit into two portions:

Strength training, in which I use weight lifting.

Endurance training, in which I use a combination of jogging, sprints, rope skipping and or the stationary bike.

Yes, I will admit that there is something exhilarating about pitting myself against cold, unyielding iron.  And, yes I do look forward to my mornings in the gym.  If I am pressed for time, I always get in some sort of weight training. While I do relish weightlifting, I’m not sure if the word fun would be an apt descriptor.

When it comes to jogging; I like the the time alone, free from distractions, outside enjoying the weather, but do I have fun? Not really. I am not even sure I even slightly enjoy the activity.  I am not really built for running, either physically or mentally, but because of the results I attain,  I get out there and I do it.

I do NOT believe that fun needs to be part of the criteria for going out and exercising, or even in  the choice of a particular exercise.  I pick and chose my routine for the results I am looking to achieve.  When I am bulking up and adding strength, my weight training is slower and the weights I use are much heavier.  I still jog, but I cover less distance and I do it at a much slower pace.  When I am leaning out, I decrease the poundage and I move at a much quicker pace.  I cover more distance when I jog, I do it at a faster pace and I include rope skipping and sprints.

No matter what my particular goal is, I always include both progressive resistance and endurance training.  They both contribute to the overall result I am striving to achieve.

Is fun important?  I guess it could be, but it isn’t a requirement.  Exercise is done to improve the overall quality of life.  While I don’t really consider my exercise routine fun, it makes much of the other activities that I engage in much more fun.

When I was pursuing my Chiropractic education, I spent hours upon hours studying for classes, quizzes, exams and boards.  Did I have fun during all that study time? I would have to say no, but it was necessary to achieve my goal.  I look at exercise much the same way.  My goal in regards to exercise is not to have fun during my exercise time; it is to achieve an improved level of fitness.

The fun is in the results —

-because I am fit, I am able to hike longer and more difficult trails.vaca 2014 lovin the beach

-because I am fit, I am able to participate more actively in beach and ocean activities

-because I am fit, I am able to live every aspect of my life much fuller and with much greater joy.

So, is fun a requirement when it comes to choosing an exercise routine? Perhaps to some, but it wasn’t to Jack LaLanne and it isn’t to me.  I am much more concerned with results. 

Taking into account travel to the track, then to the gym, showering and dressing — only about ninety minutes of my day is focused on exercise. While fun is nice; I prefer effectiveness, which in turn  improves the quality of  the remaining twenty-two and a half  hours (and, yes, I sleep better because of exercise) of my day.

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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Rest Doesn’t Equal Inactivity


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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white. 
 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com

Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG

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For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.

**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos 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 No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********

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Thanksgiving Eating


The Thanksgiving holiday is 2 weeks out.   The diet experts are starting to rear

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English: Thanksgiving Dinner, Falmouth, Maine, USA 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

their heads, preaching how we must diet through the holiday.  Therefore, these self-proclaimed experts are blabbing about, giving endless, and pretty much useless, tips on how to stay on a diet.

A client me asked what I was going to eat on Thanksgiving.  I told her the same things she should — whatever I like.

I own the word diet. 

A diet is what we eat. 

Generally for me, that means an as close to nature as possible, low carbohydrate, whole food diet. On the occasional day that I don’t follow my usual diet, I consider them open eating days.

In my book, Obesity Undone, I have outlined what internet, low carb guru, Jimmy Moore coined,  ”planned splurges.”  These are days when we predetermine not to be strict. The holidays can, and in my opinion should, be planned splurges.  I wish I could be like fellow Chiropractor Jack LaLanne and eschew unhealthy sugar for all of my life, it is a goal for which I strive, but until then, I am going to indulge from time to time — I accept it, and I don’t let it bring me down.

Partaking, one day, every few months or even weeks, is not going to sabotage all of our hard work; after all, we are the master’s of our meals.  Being the masters, we must be disciplined and plan.  Not for the holiday — but for the day after. Of course this is only for those of us who do NOT have food issues, like celiac or gluten insensitivity or diabetes, etc…

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1- Get rid of leftovers that are not part of our regular diet. I understand that it is wasteful, but if you are a low carber like me, the potatoes, stuffing, pie and the like go in the trash, keep the turkey and vegetables.  If the bad stuff isn’t there, neither is the temptation.  If our family members aren’t watching what they eat and want the leftovers, have them take the food with them.  If they live with you? Tough, they don’t get them either, toss them in the trash!!!

2- Plan the next day’s meals and snacks ahead of time.  After a day of cooking, setting-up, feasting and cleaning, you many not be in the mood to prepare proper foods.  To alleviate this potential problem, have our foods  ready and in the fridge.

3- Weigh ourselves the next day. Don’t get too hung up on the number because it will be up.  Yet, get on the scale.  The increased reading will keep us from making a one day splurge into a multi-week  food fest.

4- Exercise.  I make sure to work out Thanksgiving morning before everyone gets up and then I make sure to exercise first thing Friday morning.  It is important to maintain our exercise routines. No excuses! No carbohydrate loaded laziness! We must get off our asses and move.

Holidays are very food centric events.  The so-called experts will have us believe that we should not partake.  Here is the dirty little secret — we won’t be good.  Part of being human is enjoying food and company. In the U.S., this often goes hand in hand.  So, if we try to listen to the “experts”, but end up overindulging, instead of  simply eating bad one day, we are now over-loaded with both food and bad feelings and next comes the emotional eating that often accompanies guilt.

Remember, when we prepare ahead of time for the splurge and the day after, we will enjoy a guilt free holiday

Keep this one thought in mind:

It is not what we eat between Thanksgiving and Christmas that destroys our weight loss goals and fitness — It is what we eat between Christmas and Thanksgiving that does the damage.

Have a happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos 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 No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

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The Comeback Redux Episode 203 {282 lbs}


 

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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 and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/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 http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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Weight Comes Off — As Weight Comes Off


I am often asked what my goals are for weight loss.  Those of you who have been following my blog and YouTube channel are aware my focus is

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English: Public weight scale no more on duty as ornamental element at Néfiach (France) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

primarily on improving overall fitness levels.  However, yes I want to drop weight, but improving my health is the overriding desire.  Body weight, body fat, clothing size and body habitus are tools utilized in monitoring that improvement.

I do have a goal weight; it may change the closer I get to it, depending on how I feel, how clothing fits, etc… I use the target weight to assist me in achieving my overall intention.

The next question I usually get asked is “When do you want to reach that goal?” My answer is always the same, “Whenever I get there.”

I receive many other questions, but for the most part, people don’t believe that I don’t have a set date by which to lose weight.  I further explain that having a set date is pointless, because my overall goal isn’t simply the number on the scale.  However, I elaborate, clarifying that when people set a date or an event, to reach their goal, what usually occurs is a letdown, sometimes brief, other times so bad that it leads to rebounding and recidivism.

I have also been accused of losing weight too fast at certain times.  I give a perplexed look and then I ask a simple question, “Why?”  The answer back is always the same, “Because they say you shouldn’t lose weight too fast.” If you have read either edition of my book, you will know how I feel about them, but I won’t go there today.

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English: Blueberries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Simply put, I do nothing drastically differently when I am dropping weight compared to when I am maintaining.  I don’t starve myself, I don’t sit endlessly in a sauna and I don’t work out any differently.  I eat my meals, which usually are between four and six feedings a day, I jog, skip rope, do sprints and lift weights in some combination every day, regardless of my body weight.  The only slight alteration in my diet is that I add back in some fruit as I near my target weight, and when I am maintaining, I add a little additional fruit and some naturally occurring, unprocessed starches like a sweet potato or yam.  The only changes in my exercise may be a little more distance, heavier weights and quicker and longer sessions — but that is simply because I am in better physical condition, it is part of the process of getting in shape, once you’re there, the body adapts by being able to do more work.

Since the overall objective is improved fitness, to improve health, to live a better life —  don’t get wrapped up on  a set date or some event —  get focused on a lifetime change and remember weight loss is a side effect of fitness; fitness is not the end result of weight loss.

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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 and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/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 http://www.obesityundone.com/
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************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos 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 No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

I Strongly Dislike Being Fat, Unfit and Out Of Shape


Okay, I admit it — I don’t simply dislike; I *#^$ing hate being in the lousy physical condition I am currently in.  I never thought I would be back to this, but the 300 pound mark was peeking over the horizon — thankfully, I mounted the weight measuring device before reaching that For You, and Your Denial

undesirable destination.

It is remarkable how the mind will play tricks — baggy sweatshirts on a large frame really can hide weight gain; at least in one’s own mind.  The reality is that gaining 80 pounds without admitting to it is nothing more than self-indulgent, gullible denial.

I get a lot of condemnation because I advocate daily weighing.  After this bout of recidivism, I will more strongly advocate that which I abandoned.   Not simply for what the numbers report, but as a primary tool of self-accountability.  If I had only continued to get on the scale — I never would have gotten so far off the mark.  You see, an even bigger aid in self-delusional denial than a big baggy sweatshirt, is avoidance of objective measures.  And, like it or not, the scale is an objective measure.

When I finally faced up to and stepped upon the digital demon, I wanted to open the window and toss it to the ground below.  However, I was aware the scale wasn‘t responsible for the total it conveyed, it was I who avoided all which I had encouraged for so long who dropped the ball.

I took the time to reflect, in both reading and writing.  I wrote several posting about my own introspection and additionally I re-read the book I wrote.  It is funny how all that I had done to not only lose the weight and get fit, but to maintain it for so many years, were recklessly disregarded as stress began to weigh on me nearly as heavily as the skies did upon the shoulders of Atlas.

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As I allowed those stressors to pile up — my desire and determination began to wane and the discipline that is so necessary to maintain a healthy and fit life style plummeted, and I — plumped up.

My nice suits, which I so loved wearing, at first became tight, than no longer fit — yet, I remained in denial.

My energy levels dropped more and more, and sleep abandoned me — yet, I remained in denial.

My joy for activity became less and less — yet, I remained in denial.

However, once I faced the scale, denial disappeared.  You see, it wasn’t a device I was facing — it was my own self I stared down.  There was no doubt remaining and no unplausible deniability permitted; it was I who had allowed my fitness to falter.  Moreover, I was well aware of what needed to be done.  The switch had been flipped, and I was ready to commit to myself, to my health and get back to living the better life.

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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 and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/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 http://www.obesityundone.com/
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************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos 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 No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

The ComeBack Redux Episdoe 201 {WEIGHT 292LBS}


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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 and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/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 http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information in the videos is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos 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 No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

The Drew Manning fit2fat2fit experiment Revisited


On Mar 28, 2012 I did a YouTube posting on the Drew Manning experiment Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit, in which I became especially heated in calling out the farce that Drew Manning was engaging in.  I was appalled that anyone would deliberately get out of shape, and even more angered that one would do it so with some cockamamie bullshit tale claiming that it is to understand what it is like to be obese.

SIMPLY EXISTING!

At that time, I never thought I would slip back to unfettered, unfit obesity — but since September of 2012, I collapsed into a huge backslide.  Now, I didn’t get my weight back up to three hundred and forty pounds, but I did get heavy and worse — I let my fitness level decline.

Unlike Drew Manning, I had not intent of getting fat and out of shape; what happened to me is the result of the lifelong battle with food, in particular a carbohydrate addiction, which resulted in my obesity.  Yes, it was and is, my fault because I had a negative response to certain situations and stressors; and yes I made the bad choices to eat junk and sit on my enlarging ass instead of exercising — but it was not with the intention of becoming obese for some stupid rationale that I needed to understand others.  I lived and live it every single day. zuma beach

The little factoid I was aware of in the past, and am now experiencing, is that it is much easier to lose weight and get in shape if the weight gain and lack of fitness has only been present for a relatively short period of time.  What occurs is, once you start eating properly and exercising, your muscle memory kicks in and your body responds rapidly to the healthful regime of a good diet and exercise.  Depending how long you have been out of shape, say for six months, it only takes a portion of that time to regain your fitness.  It does nothing to address the overweight, obese and morbidly obese whose conditions have been present for extended periods of time, and who have not had even a passing connection with fitness related activities.  Those people, who the despicable man was trying so hard to comprehend, are people in a situation he could never genuinely appreciate, because he doesn’t possess the food issues, the self-image issues, nor the suffocating feeling of being trapped in an unfit body and mindset for any prolonged period of time.   What he did and I’m sure still does understand is the marketing genius of his actions — because he may have persuaded some of them that now he, Mr. Manning, now gets it.  I think I’m gonna puke.

So, while I am not as enraged by the Drew Manning experiment as I once was, I am still outraged.  This man’s attitude for the obese is nothing short of contemptible, because he pandered to many desperate for a solution.  To now claim he understands is simply a fable; because the concerns that many of us who battle obesity daily have present, are NOT part of him or his personality.  It was a temporary situation, a situation that he was well aware would not be permanent, and worst of all; his genetic make-up, combined with his body’ set point and muscle memory, would not have held the excess weight and body fat for any extended period of time, even if he only resumed a moderate exercise routine and simply restored the diet his body and been accustomed to for so many years.

In other words, what happened easily and rapidly for him, isn’t a realistic representation for those of us who continue the struggle with our good health, wellness, fitness and obesity.

 

 

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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 and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/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 http://www.obesityundone.com/

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************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder.
The posting and videos 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 No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

Movement Is Life


When I first started regaining weight and losing my good health, the first thing that dropped off was my mental energy.  I was stressed and thus made some poor decisions, which had negative ramifications on my well-being, on my business and on my life.  As my mental energy went from positive to negative, it started negatively impacting everything else.

This was a blessing and not the curse I believed it was. Now, more than before, I understand recidivism.  I had kept my weight off for three and half good years, and was never close to backsliding — but I have been humbled and relearned that the battle with obesity is a fight for a lifetime. I am also much stronger in my conviction that it isn’t about weight management — it is about overall physical and mental fitness.

The man who taught me to be a chiropractor, Dr. Violini, was very fond of saying, movement is life.

Movement is everything he would elaborate — from moving our lungs, to our hearts, to even our bowels, if movement ceased — so would the person.  He further taught me that the most important thing a person could do for themselves was to exercise.  Exercise caused everything to not merely move, but to move better.   When I stopped moving my body, everything else began to slow down.

I have been quoted many times as saying that “Weight loss is a side effect of fitness.”   I continue to believe that wholeheartedly.  Because as my fitness level suffered, so did everything else, including my diet.  As I was less and less active, I started craving and eventually eating the foods that would fuel my indolence.  Since my discipline for physical improvement was faltering, discipline in eating also became unimportant.  It is then I came to a very stark realization, one that I’m sure many will not like me saying or writing, but unpopularity of an opinion has never stopped me before.

If weight loss is a side effect of fitness, conversely laziness is a side effect of being unfit.

Many who are overweight are often accused of being lazy, but through my latest ordeal, I have come to the realization that it is a lack of good diet, good exercise and good mental energy that lead to the eventual sluggishness that is perceived as laziness.   My only concern is that when people start to eat correctly, without embracing fitness — slothfulness continues to remain evident.

Good Calories Bad Calories Summary

Good Calories Bad Calories Summary (Photo credit: Earthworm)

I read plenty of information and blogs, and I am astonished to note, much of it from the low carb community, with which I share so much passion, the unimportance of exercise.   Science writer extraordinaire, Gary Taubes, even goes so far to imply that exercise may cause weight gain.

I must ponder the questions; are these people anti-exercise because they are genuinely uninformed, or worse, are they so opposed to exercise because their brain has been programmed for idleness?

Exercise is not solely a component of effective weight loss, it is important for maintaining overall health and wellness.  When the human body is properly conditioned, it functions much more optimally — any other implication is some type of odd justification, distortion or just flat out bullshit.

I do not adhere to the calories in calories out theorem; however I do ascribe to an energy in energy out mindset.  Much as different types of fuels (anthracite coal, oil, gas, diesel, etc..) are burned more efficiently, cleaner and last longer, different type of food fuels are used differently, stored differently burn better and are used more efficiently.  Yes, most carbohydrates are not good for us, and excess carbohydrates are bad, very bad for us — not simply with regards to weight management, but overall health.  Yes, fat because it is much more energy dense, once the body is adapted to utilizing it, is a superior fuel to carbs, and yes by consuming less carbs because of the way proteins and fats are utilized you will lose weight and be healthier, but you can’t tell me that consuming in excess, any macro-nutrient, is any healthier.  Common sense will tell us, if you fill a gas tank with fuel, the fuel which is not burned for energy must be stored somewhere — in the human body excess fuel will eventually be stored as fat.

Explaining health during his TV show

Explaining health during his TV show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, why eschew exercise?  You can’t have improved physical fitness without exercise; so why avoid or downplay its importance?

We should not allow the conditioned state of sloth to remain present.

We must conquer it by moving our bodies every day.

Get out, exercise and become fit.

Hell, it worked for Jack LaLanne.

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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 and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/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 http://www.obesityundone.com/
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************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos 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 No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

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The Carb Cloud Has Crested


My current diet, the diet I had been following faithfully for several years until last September, is a diet which is as close to nature as possible and, while I am losing weight,  it restricts all starchy carbohydrates.  When I am maintaining, I throw in some yams and fruits.  But since I need to shed this God awful layer of lard I added over the last year, my diet does not contain the fruits I enjoy so much.

What’s that you ask?  Did I use the word diet?  Yes, I used the word diet.

But Doc Joe, we aren’t supposed to use the “D” word.  They say it sets up for failure and makes us feel badly if we don’t stick to it.

If you have ever read my book, you know I have very little use for what “they” say.  As far as weak-minded bullshit, that I have even less use for — the word is diet!  I own it, it is mine and I am not willing to give it up just because “they” tell me I shouldn’t use it.  However, I understand that years, hell decades, of misinformation from so-called experts can permeate our thinking.  So, just for clarity, I will give my definition of the word.

Diet is anything I put into my gullet and swallow!

Also, when it comes to my diet, I don’t care what label one chooses to use; low carb, carb restricted, high protein, high fat, Atkins, Primal, Paleoleithic, Caveman, Ketogenic, JERF and on and on…  People get so caught up in the label, they lose sight of what it is all about — eating a healthier diet than the one that we were eating before.  Additionally, our diet is not solely or simply about losing weight — it is about living a better quality of life.

One of the incredible feelings of following a carbohydrate restricted diet is the lifting of the Carb Cloud, that brain activity suppressing feeling

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clouds (Photo credit: Shandi-lee)

of being a mental and physical slug.  For me, this happened three days into my renewed efforts to recapture my health.  The feeling is phenomenal.

One morning, I woke up and my head was clear.  It didn’t take me as long as it had been taking to start my day.  I couldn’t wait to get my exercise in.  Throughout the day, I didn’t find my mind wandering and, no large, loud yawns were escaping my mouth.  My energy level was elevated and I found myself not putting routine and mundane tasks off.  That evening I didn’t go to bed as early as usual, I simply wasn’t tired.  Because I was up about three hours later, I thought I would have more difficulty awaking the next morning, but I didn’t.  For the first time in months, I slept soundly throughout the entire night.  So, when the alarm emitted its annoying shriek, I wasn’t pulling the covers over my head — however, I must confess, I still wanted to fling the infernal machine against the wall.

It isn’t simply the increased energy which is a huge benefit, but the mental clarity is intoxicating.  After eating the standard American trash diet I had been consuming the last few months, all I wanted to do was crawl into a dimly lit corner and crash.  And even when I did take a nap, like the previous evening’s sleep, it didn’t leave me refreshed as it should — it just left me wanting to doze longer.

I have been asked to explain what I mean when I say; the Carb Cloud has vanished by those who haven’t experienced this fantastic sensation.  It was difficult to put into words, however, a few years back I saw a movie that enabled me to give a very accurate description.   If you have never seen the Bradley Cooper film “Limitless” I highly recommend it, because the scene where Cooper’s character takes the mind enhancing drug that activates 100% of his brain — is how it feels when the Carb Cloud evaporates.  It is an entirely new outlook on life and the world.

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http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

https://www.createspace.com/3903024

http://www.obesityundone.com/

Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/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 http://www.obesityundone.com/
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************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos 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 No guarantees are made or to be implied.************