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

Deer meat, at Charles & Silva's

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