The Difference Between Diet and Dieting


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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss.  He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet. He has appeared on Guest: Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, BlogTalk Radio. Topic, Dump The Fads, Focus On Fitness. 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 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 that I  write 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.*************

Must Pre-Diabetes Lead to Diabetes?


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Generally speaking pre-diabetes is a warning sign of a problem with carbohydrate metabolism and a potential precursor to diabetes.   Clinically defined, it is when a fasting blood sugar reading is between 100 and 126.  It is a condition in which their is a potential that either not enough insulin is produced by the body, or the body’s tissues are resistant to insulin’s effects.  Insulin is responsible for the metabolism of glucose.  Glucose is the catabolic end product of all dietary starchy carbohydrates; no matter how simple or how complex, starchy dietary carbs are broken down into glucose

I am not going to get into a nuanced posting of metabolism, physiology, absorption, insulin resistance, carbohydrate catabolism,  etc..   For the science and studies you can read Gary Taube’s book or check out Jimmy Moore’s Livin La Vida Low Carb Blog.

What motivated today’s posting was an event that happened several months ago.   A  friend stop by the office and tell me he had just diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  He is a driven person, very successful, owning several business, and probably one of the most intelligent people I know.   However, when it comes to taking care of himself, he is grossly negligent.   He is overweight to the point of boarding on obesity and doesn’t exercise at all.  I have been on his case for the better part of a year to get on my program, but, he has always had every excuse under the sun.

Finally the bell went off.  He came into my office and said to me, “Well, you were right, I am slowly killing myself.”   He went on to tell me his diagnosis and flatly stated, “I’m ready.”

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He then showed me the diet he had been following for the last four weeks. It was the one his medical doctor prescribed for him —  the standard, limited calorie, low-fat, high carb diet that would only continue him on his path to diabetes.  I asked him how he was doing on it.  He said he had lost only a few pound and was having difficulty staying on track.  He asked me if I could make any recommendations.   I told him I could —  I ran it through my shredder.   He had a hardy laugh  — I was not laughing.

Before starting, I made sure he understood that weight loss is not part of my practice.  What I do is completely motivational.  I was not going to be treating his condition.   He said, he understood, then he barked “Just help me get this dam weight off!”

I sold him a copy of my book, for three times the price, as penalty for waiting so long.  He handed me cash with no argument.  Then, he paid double my fee for an initial meeting and six months of support up front.

We just did our weekly check in.  He has been very consistent and dedicated to both his new eating and exercise routines.  He is down 46 pounds and 4 pants sizes.  He is not only looking better, but stated he is feeling much better.  And, by the way, his fasting blood sugar is now around 90.  His medical doctor is very pleased and actually called me for more information on my program.

I will never understand why the medical community can be so dismissive of all the research showing the benefits of a low carbohydrate life-style.  However, as I have recently learned, some are willing to change their attitude.

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book; Fat Then Fit Now;  A life beyond wight loss.

He is available to speak at no charge to any school or any youth group. He will make himself available to any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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The Genuine Way Lose Weight


{To be clear what I am about to write does 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 an underlying medical condition.}

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

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

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

Order pre-packaged food and you will lose weight.

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

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

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

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

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

Desire to get in shape

Determine that you will do it.

Have the discipline to get it done.

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

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

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

Be consistent!

Strive for excellence!

Make your health a priority!

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

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

Pre-diabetes


{What I am about to write does 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.}

Generally speaking pre-diabetes is a warning sign of a problem with carbohydrate metabolism and a potential precursor to diabetes.   Clinically defined, it is when a fasting blood sugar reading is between 100 and 126.  It is a condition in which their is a potential that either not enough insulin is produced by the body, or the body’s tissues are resistant to insulin’s effects.  Insulin is responsible for the metabolism of glucose.  Glucose is the catabolic end product of all dietary, starchy carbohydrates; not matter how simple or how complex, starchy,  dietary carbs are broken down into glucose

I am not going to get into a nuanced posting of metabolism, physiology, absorption, insulin resistance, etc..   For the science and studies you can read Gary Taube’s book or check out Jimmy Moore’s Livin La Vida Low Carb Blog.

What motivated today’s posting was an event that happened about a month ago.  I had friend stop by the office and tell me he had just diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  He is a driven person, very successful, owning several business, and probably one of the most intelligent people I know.   However, when it comes to taking care of himself, he is grossly negligent.   He is overweight to the point of boarding on obesity and doesn’t exercise at all.  I have been on his case for the better part of a year to get on my program, but, he has always had every excuse under the sun.

Last month the bell went off.  He came into my office and said to me, “Well, you were right, I am slowly killing myself.”   He went on to tell me his diagnosis and flatly stated, “I’m ready.”

He then showed me the diet he had been following for the last four weeks.  It was the one his medical doctor prescribed for him — it was the standard, limited calorie, low-fat, high carb diet that would only continue him on his path to diabetes.  I asked him how he was doing on it.  He said he had lost only a few pound and was having difficulty staying on track.  He asked me if I could make any recommendations.   I told him I could —  I ran it through my shredder.   He had a hardy laugh.

Before starting, I made sure he understood that weight loss is not part of my practice.  What I do is completely motivational.  I was not going to be treating his condition.   He said, he understood, then he barked “Just help me get this dam weight off!”

I sold him a copy of my book, for three times the price, as penalty for waiting so long.  He handed me cash with no argument.  Then, he paid double my fee for an initial meeting and six months of support up front.

We just did our weekly check in.  He has been very consistent and dedicated to both his new eating and exercise routines.  He is down 23 pounds and 2 pants sizes.  He is not only looking better, but stated he is feeling much better.  And, by the way, his fasting blood sugar is now under 100.  His medical doctor is very pleased and actually called me for more information on my program.

I will never understand why the medical community can be so dismissive of all the research showing the benefits of a low carbohydrate life-style.  However, as I have recently learned, some are willing to change their attitude.

Americans are gaining weight and losing health!


The first line of  an article, Big Bummer! More of us exercise, but still fat, appearing on MSNBC’s web site says it all, “More Americans are exercising but rates of obesity have not changed, according to the latest government data.”

If you continue to peruse the article, there are also other numbers that show a disturbing trend:

Americans are gaining weight and losing health!

How could that be? American’s are exercising. They are following a low-fat diet. They are following the recommendations from the all-knowing government. We are indoctrinating school children about the best eating guide in the world… The all-powerful, all-encompassing, carbohydrate loaded,  Food Pyramid. (Please kneel in reverence at this moment.)

Supposedly, we are doing everything right. So the question needs to be asked; How can America continue to get heavier and less healthy?

The answer is simple. We aren’t doing it completely and we aren’t doing it correctly. When I discuss weight management, fitness and body re-modeling I talk in threes. I discuss the three D’s, Desire, Determination and Discipline. I also discuss the three E’s Eating, Energy and Exercise.  It is my strong opinion, that for successful weight management, neither of the pairs of  three can be lacking.

What does that have to do with the article. Plenty. In the case of the three E’s it tends to prove my point. Perhaps U.S. Citizens are exercising more, perhaps they have the proper mental energy and are committed,  but they aren’t following a proper eating plan, the result is failure.

We are bombarded by so-called experts, the government and of course the most reliable of information sources, commercials, that we need to reduce the amount of fat we take in if we are to be healthy. Fat, in all forms, is the great evil that is making Americans …  fat.

So the low-fat food industry was born. Have you ever taken note of a low-fat food label? Compare it with its full fat brethren. More times than not you will notice something very interesting. The fat is replaced by carbohydrates, more specifically sugar.

I get the biggest kick out of candy products that are labeled as either low-fat or non fat foods. It is quite enticing to the low-fat followers,  they can eat all the garbage they can get their hands on, because the fat content is low.

What is the result of shoveling all this low-fat, high sugar, high carbohydrate foods into one’s mouth? Fat around the belly, buttocks and back.

I am proud of the fact that I have embraced a low carbohydrate lifestyle. I feel better, I work out better and according to my recent physical exam and blood work findings, I am better on the inside.

I follow pretty much a simple rule when it comes to food. With very few exceptions and on very few occasions, I follow the father of modern fitness, fellow Chiropractor, Jack LaLanne’s advice, “If man made it, don’t eat it.”

So,  if something is made or created in a factory or worse a laboratory… I don’t eat it. The more steps it takes to manufacture a food, the less likely I am to eat it.  The reverse is, the more closely I can find foods in nature, the more likely I am to eat them.

Another reason to avoid man-made foods is because you simply don’t know what you are getting. Read the box… sugar is hidden under many, many pseudonyms, food colorings and preservatives that escape pronunciation are abundant and fake flavoring are added to enhance palatability. Another interesting story on the MSNBC web site was concerning pre-packaged diet foods that may contain more or less than what the label reads. What you are not told, is that those nutritional contents are averages and can vary greatly from package to package. In essence, you are getting a crap shoot if you eat these pre-packaged foods. The best way to avoid the gamble, don’t eat them.

I don’t even bother with whole grains or whole cereals. They too are nothing more than processed foods.  In my lifetime, I haven’t seen many bread farms, pasta bushes or cereal trees. It takes many steps to get it from the field into the box and considering the loose labeling law guidelines — why bother?

I do consume carbohydrates. I stick to those found in nature and rarely do  consume starches. I keep my carbohydrates to almost any vegetable and fruits that have a low glycemic index.

My advice. Keep it as simple as possible; shop the perimeter of the grocery store, eat plenty of good proteins, get your fiber and carbs from mother nature in the forms of seasonal fruits and veggies,  shop local farmers if  you can, try to get organic and animal products that are fed healthy diets, eat grass-fed beef when you can find it, avoid processed foods as much as possible and keep any refined carbohydrates away from your reach.

Turn the food pyramid upside down or better yet, use it to house break your new puppy.