The Human Side Of Obesity Management


I usually write a posting or three on Sunday afternoons, but this Sunday is a special family day with my girlfriend and her daughter,so I thought I would do a re-post.

“It isn’t about pointless rat studies and attacking other people. It is about the human side of the obesity problem and about how changing one’s mental attitude is critical.” Carole Sampson CarbSaneR

The above quote is from a review of my book by Carole Sampson, the former administrator of the CarbSaneR blog.  {The CarbSaner blog is defunct. }Out of all the interviews I have given, reviews that have been done, or comments made, no two sentences better sum up not only my book, but my philosophy concerning UnDoing Obesity.

zuma beachI have never stopped learning, and I have never stopped desiring to learn. My education provides a background, but it was far from the end of my growth and development. There is a reason graduation is also called commencement, because in all actuality, it was the beginning of my practical education.

I read and read and read, and I find it astonishing, how many people are mired in a point of view concerning weight loss that hasn’t developed beyond an 8th grade text book.   People become so lost in the letters, that they miss the words, sentences and paragraphs that make up a composition. It is also amusing how many of these same folks who are now insinuating others are heretics, forget or aren’t aware, that for advocating daily exercise for men and women, eating natural foods and being responsible for one’s own health — Bernarr MacFadden and Jack LaLanne were once labeled the same.

I will never stop seeking knowledge, and thankfully, because of people like my internet buddy, Jimmy Moore, a wide range of experts on the topics of weight loss and fitness are but a click away.  And for those of you unfamiliar with Jimmy’s site — he doesn’t interview only people who agree with his point of view.

Recently, after catching up on my reading, I bookmarked Bill Lagakos’ and Gary The Primal Guy’s blogs to check out on a regular basis.  There are so many forward thinkers out there trying to educate and yes, even make money, disseminating the latest information regarding different methods of weight loss, I am glad that I have taken a different approach.  The human side of obesity management isn’t so much ignored, as it simply gets lost. We must realize, that with all of the information available, both old and new, and different approaches, methods and theories, none of it means a thing if those who need the information the most, aren’t motivated to take action.

One of the reasons I am not as visible as I once was, is because of my recidivism. {Which as of today 10/6/13 I am down 32 pounds}  Does that recidivism make me less knowledgeable?  No. However, I am no longer possess the results that make me an example of the lifestyle I once and once again extol.  As my weight continues to drop and my fitness level continues to improve, I will start making the interview rounds again.  I will put myself out there as an example that the methods I choose are effective. Does that mean my way is the only way?  Of course not, but, what I do works best for me.

I have several reason for utilizing a low carbohydrate, close to nature approach to eating — primarily that it is easy, effective and, in my opinion, the most healthy.

There are a plethora of websites, blogs, and articles available on the internet, some good, others not so good.  However, we should be wary of those who tell us what is the most effective diet or exercise method, but hide in the shadows, never revealing themselves.

Cauliflower Crust, Low Carb pizza - Close Up

mqdefaultI promise to all of you, that I will not hide my flaws, nor my failures and, if for some reason, I am unable to re-attain my healthy and fit lifestyle, I will simply go away.

Just to be clear — I don’t plan to let that happen.

I am here to help those who seek me out.  And, just to answer the most obvious question — yes, I do charge a fee for my books and my time.  Isn’t it amusing how there are folks out there, who would never think of working a job for free, get all offended when there are those of us who will charge a fee for our expertise?

I am very proud to be a physical culturist, chiropractor, educator and yes, a business person.

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.************

The Human Side Of Obesity Management


It isn’t about pointless rat studies and attacking other people. It is about the human side of the obesity problem and about how changing one’s mental attitude is critical.” Carole Sampson CarbSaneR

The above quote is from a review of my book by Carole Sampson, the former administrator of the CarbSaneR blog.  {Note: 9/10/13: The above link no longer works, I am unsure of what happened to the CarbSaner blog. }Out of all the interviews I have given, reviews that have been done, or comments made, no two sentences better sum up not only my book, but my philosophy concerning UnDoing Obesity.

zuma beachI have never stopped learning, and I have never stopped desiring to learn. My education provides a background, but it was far from the end of my growth and development. There is a reason graduation is also called commencement, because in all actuality, it was the beginning of my practical education.

I read and read and read, and I find it astonishing, how many people are mired in a point of view concerning weight loss that hasn’t developed beyond an 8th grade text book.   People become so lost in the letters, that they miss the words, sentences and paragraphs that make up a composition. It is also amusing how many of these same folks who are now insinuating others are heretics, forget or aren’t aware, that for advocating daily exercise for men and women, eating natural foods and being responsible for one’s own health — Bernarr MacFadden and Jack LaLanne were once labeled the same.

Eric Pays Tribute to Jack

Eric Pays Tribute to Jack (Photo credit: djwhelan)

I will never stop seeking knowledge, and thankfully, because of people like my internet buddy, Jimmy Moore, a wide range of experts on the topics of weight loss and fitness are but a click away.  And for those of you unfamiliar with Jimmy’s site — he doesn’t interview only people who agree with his point of view.

Yesterday, after catching up on my reading, I bookmarked Bill Lagakos’ blog to check out on a regular basis.  There are so many forward thinkers out there trying to educate and yes, even make money, disseminating the latest information regarding different methods of weight loss, I am glad that I have taken a different approach.  The human side of obesity management isn’t so much ignored, as it simply gets lost. We have to realize, that with all of the information out there, both old and new, and different approaches, methods and theories, none of it means a thing if those who need the information the most, aren’t motivated to take action.

One of the reasons I am not as visible as I once was, is because of my recidivism.  Does that recidivism make me less knowledgeable?  No. However, I am no longer possess the results that make me an example of the lifestyle I once and once again extol.  As my weight continues to drop and my fitness level continues to improve, I will start making the interview rounds again.  I will put myself out there as an example that the methods I choose are effective. Does that mean my way is the only way?  Of course not, but, what I do works best for me.

I have several reason for utilizing a low carbohydrate, close to nature approach to eating — primarily that it is easy, effective and, in my opinion, the most healthy.

There a plethora of websites, blogs, and articles available on the internet, some good, others not so good.  However, we should be wary of those who tell us what is the most effective diet or exercise method, but hide in the shadows, never revealing themselves.

Cauliflower Crust, Low Carb pizza - Close Up

mqdefaultI promise to all of you, that I will not hide my flaws, nor my failures and, if for some reason, I am unable to re-attain my healthy and fit lifestyle, I will simply go away.

Just to be clear — I don’t plan to let that happen.

I am here to help those who seek me out.  And, just to answer the most obvious question — yes, I do charge a fee for my books and my time.  Isn’t it amusing how there are folks out there, who would never think of working a job for free, get all offended when there are those of us who will charge a fee for our expertise?

I am very proud to be a physical culturist, chiropractor, educator and yes, a business person.

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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How or Why Does It Work?


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I have been really getting back into the physical culturist side of my personality, which includes writing, and getting prepared to relaunch my businesses BetterLife Seminars, and Fat Then Fit Now.  In doing so, I am constantly pursuing the internet, reading and filling my mind with the latest information available.

However, if you read anything that I write, including my book, I don’t spend a whole lot of, if any time, talking about all the science or research.  Why?

Because my focus has always been on the person, whether it is a patient I am treating in my office as a chiropractor, or clients I motivate to take control of their health through Fat Then Fit Now.   What is important to me, and should be important to those of us who help others, is taking the whole  of the information and effectively applying it to those who seek us out.  Some folks get so myopic, that they lose sight of the fact that the human body, and human physiology is not static — it is very dynamic!  Scientist and researches did not build the human body from the ground up as is done with a building, car or computer —  we are forced to reverse engineer the anatomy and physiology of people.  This means, thankfully, that not everything follows a static plan, and not all of us will react identically to the same stimuli.

Just because I read, participate in conversations about and understand the “research”, doesn’t make a basic, common sense approach any less effective.  Yes, it is important for us clinicians to understand the science, but it is also important to not get so lost in it that we lose sight of what is most important — helping others.  I am often baffled at those who strongly desire and require to complicate even the most basic concepts.

Carole Sampson, over at her blog, CarbSaneR did a review of my book Obesity Undone, and she encapsulated my point of view in a two sentences.

    “It isn’t about pointless rat studies and attacking other people. It is about the human side of the obesity problem and about how changing one’s mental attitude is critical.”

That is the point of everything I write or say.  Do I understand the physiology of digestion, metabolism, lipolysis , anabolic/catabolic effects on muscle tissue, liver, kidney, pancreatic functions, etc…? Yes I do, but I don’t discuss them, because, when it comes to improving health and well-being, losing weight, getting fit, etc…   what over 15 years of clinical practice has taught me is — most people don’t care that much about the minutia.  All that matters to those who are suffering is — does it f*(&ing work!

I remember when I was first out of school, because chiropractors are often treated as second class health care providers, I felt the need to overcome this misconception and over-explain every little detail of diagnosis and treatment.  I hated the term “slipped disc” because even though orthopedic and nuero surgeons used it, I understood to “slip” a disc wasn’t possible.  I refrained from using “sciatica,” because my education taught me it was merely a descriptive term and gave no indication of the root cause of the problem.  I was trying to educate my patients with minuscule detail and big medical terms.  Boy, was I an asshole.

It was after a few months in practice, I had a migraine headache sufferer in my office, that I came to realize the truth.

This person had been a patient for about 2 weeks, and I was doing what I was taught in school, adjusting her neck.  I was having limited

Chiropractor

Chiropractor (Photo credit: doctorwonder)

success, when on this particular visit, the patient’s migraine became exponentially worse after a treatment.  I was unsure what to do, so I put an ice-pack on the neck, turned out the lights, and made a phone call to one of my clinic mentors, Dr. Violini.  Dr. Violini was about 80 years old and had well over fifty years of practice experience.  I often tell people that my education prepared me to be a doctor — but it was Dr. Violini who taught me what it was to be a chiropractor.  To make this short; Dr. Violini told me to adjust a certain segment, one that we had never been told in our education that would help with headaches.  I questioned him, when he said — JUST GO AND MAKE THE ADJUSTMENT!  I did and the migraine abated immediately.  I called him later and asked him why it worked.  Dr. Violini said, in his heavily Italian accented English; “I don’t know.  When I was first in practice, like you, same thing happened, my boss told me to adjust — I did, headache went away.”

Through a lot of research and a chance meeting with a gentleman who was a chiropractor, medical doctor and neurologist — I finally learned the reason why this particular adjustment worked.  Excitedly, I shared this newly discovered information with my many migraine patients. You want to know something? None of them cared.  They were simply glad they no longer suffered from frequent migraines, and didn’t have to any longer take medication.

There are plenty of blogs out there who are so dogmatically attached to science, that they are almost religious in their worship.  As I wrote in an earlier posting, they are so wrapped up in examining a droplet of water — they miss the majesty of the ocean.  These people can’t wrap their minds around a simple fact — in many cases, low carb eating works, and no matter how many studies support or contradict this truism — most overweight or obese  people don’t care — they simply care that they drop weight and become healthier.  And, isn’t that what is truly important?

************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.************

An Important Week


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A US Marine Doing Pull-ups. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

This is the most important week of my life.

As most of you know, I have been having a

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Deer meat, at Charles & Silva’s (Photo credit: cote)

very difficult time getting back to eating a healthful diet and following a fitness encouraging exercise program.

My mental energy has been at an all-time low — I didn’t recover from what happened last year.  Amazingly, it was something I never thought could happen to me.  It seems so miniscule, but it had an impact on me; and I still haven’t been able to will myself past it.

Therefore, I have made an important decision.

If I don’t succeed on getting back on track this week — I am done.

No more interviews.

No more fitness and weight loss postings or videos.

And, most importantly, no more claim to being a physical culturist.

If I don’t succeed on getting back on track this week — I am done.

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I will accept the permanency of my failure; embrace the sloth and gluttony that has once again overtaken me, and I will fade away from the low carb, paleo, primal and fitness worlds.  I will delete my websites, blogs, YouTube pages, remove my book from circulation and simply go gentle into that good night.

The Comeback Redux Episode 203 {282 lbs}


 

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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************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.************

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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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.************

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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Atlas and globe Earth Galleries NHM London (Photo credit: hmcotterill)

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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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.************

What Is Lazy?


Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (Photo credit: herzogbr)

What Is Lazy?

Merriam-Webster on line defines lazy:

1 a: disinclined to activity or exertion: not energetic or vigorous

b: encouraging inactivity or indolence <a lazy summer day>

2: moving slowly: sluggish

3: droopy, lax <a rabbit with lazy ears>

4: placed on its side <lazy E livestock brand>

5: not rigorous or strict <lazy scholarship>

I never receive more criticism, anger, ire and/or hate filled emails directed toward me as I do when I use the word lazy, or any of its derivatives; sloth, idleness, indolence, etc….  I am often told how wrong I am in my opinion, even though it is simply my opinion.

I am very blessed to have both an academic and clinical background to call on when forming these opinions.  The clinical application plays perhaps the most important role, because it allows me to see day-to-day a truism that any clinician can attest to — that which is always precise in a textbook or research lab, isn’t always the case in real life.

However, in the end it is still simply my opinion. Yet, people get angry with me, which is fine, but I don’t genuinely understand it.  There are many differing theories, ideas, and yes applications of approaches concerning health, wellness, weight management, fitness, etc. — embracing one methodology doesn’t automatically discredit the tomes of available information that may not agree.

There are people out there who simply must have me, or my viewpoint, be incorrect to justify theirs.

Why?

Once again my view is just that, my view, and I am well aware that people will have differing viewpoints, some which are flat-out contradictory.  Big deal!  I don’t require someone to be wrong, for me to be correct in my thinking.  My level of confidence doesn’t require another to be erroneous; actually, my confidence allows me to accept a contradictory viewpoint.

But back to the topic — What is lazy?

When I mention laziness, I am usually referring to definitions 1 and 5, because they most accurately apply to me.  Yes, I admit it; I have a propensity towards laziness.  At this point in my life, I am very in touch with my weaknesses, and laziness is unfortunately one of them.  The demon indolence most often rears its slothful head when I am overweight and out of shape — that is why I write so much about it.  It holds me back from achieving much more than only fitness goals, and giving into it means failure in much more than being fit.

That is why I don’t live by the mantra simply do what feels right.   If that were the case, I would be completely undisciplined, eating to my heart’s content, and laying homeless on a beach somewhere.   Wait a minute —- that doesn’t sound too  …. never mind.

The facts are that I choose to exercise, I choose to eat properly and I choose not to allow obstacles stop me.

If I did whatever I felt; I wouldn’t wake up at the hour I do to go out and jog, then head to the gym to heft iron weights for various sets and repetitions — I would simply sleep until the last possible minute, hit a drive thru, plod through my day at work, eat fast food for lunch and dinner, go home and go to bed.

My lifestyle choices aren’t about weight management; they are about fitness and even more importantly, good health.  It is my view that nothing promotes better health than being physically well-conditioned.  Likewise, one can’t achieve their optimal fitness by doing a half-assed workout

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English: LeBron James playing with the Clevela...routine whenever they feel like it.  The way to achieve one’s own ideal fitness is the same way we achieve and fulfill any ambition —- consistent,sustained and unrelenting hard work.

LeBron James didn’t earn another MVP award by practicing only when the mood hit him; Steve Jobs didn’t turn Apple into a dominant business by only showing up at his office whenever it struck his fancy; Ernest Hemingway didn’t become one of the great novelist of his time by writing one hundred or so words each week — no, each of the preceding people didn’t rely solely on their natural talents and gifts, they disciplined themselves to work hard at their chosen craft.

American Author Ernest Hemingway aboard his Ya...

American Author Ernest Hemingway aboard his Yacht around 1950 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If excellence is important to us, we must make the time to strive for it; we commit the hours, efforts and resources — why wouldn’t one desire to take the same approach to improving their fitness?

Laziness is an attitude that can be driven by many factors — poor physical condition, fear, and guilt among others — unfortunately, for many, denying laziness by downplaying it as a factor in our physical decline, is more of an excuse for failure, than accepting personal responsibility for success.

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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.************

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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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.************

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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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.************

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