More On Splurges While Eating Low Carbohydrate


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

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

An Important Week — The Trilogy


Below are the three posting I wrote about beginning the battle back from recidivism.

***********************************************************************

An Important Week

A US Marine Doing Pull-ups.

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

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.

BookCoverPreview.do

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.

***********************************************************

An Important Week —- Random Thoughts

imag0301.jpgAfter my self imposed black out from the online world, I finally went over and read comments, FB posts and emails, on my last blog post. Here are some of my random thoughts on what was commented and written.

First I do appreciate everyone taking the time to comment, and for the support and concern that was expressed. I am touched and humbled.

I went back to square one and reread the book I wrote. I put myself back in the mindset when I decided that I could not go on living an unfit, unhealthy lifestyle.

Yes, I am hard on myself… going easy on myself is how I lost my wellness, fitness and health.  Excuses do nothing more than lead one down the path of recidivism.

One of my favorites; diet is more important than exercise — or what I like to call the mantra of the lazy.  For overall good health and fitness —

Explaining health during his TV show

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

diet and exercise along with mental energy are all EQUALLY important. I’m not the only person who follows this line of thought, Dr. Jack LaLanne expressed very similiar sentiments.

The posting was not a cry for help; it was a long overdue,  honest assessment of where I was at the time, and decisions concerning the future. I wish I had done it sooner; it is amazing of what we can convince ourselves of.

Do I put undue pressure on myself? Nah.  Pressure is when I was in the military, pressure is our men and women serving in war zones.  The pressure I have here should not have gotten in my way. Stress and pressure are part of life; we can not avoid it; however we do choose how we respond — I chose poorly.

In my posting I did not make the focus my weight;  for those who haven’t read my book or postings, I use the scale only as a tool, an important tool, but a tool none the less. I am much more upset about the deterioration of my overall fitness, which can have deleterious effects on my health.  Okay, and I do miss wearing my suits. :)

IF I failed to get on track I was removing myself from public advocacy — I don’t like hypocrisy; If I can’t get back on track and overcome recidivism then I am in no place to promote a lifestyle if I am not living that lifestyle.

As far as all or nothing, you are either an example of the lifestyle you advocate or you are not. I have given over 40 interviews and written several columns and a book, I need to live the life I proclaim.

Why are so people so afraid of the word FAILURE?  Many great people have failed at one time or another.  It is okay to admit failure; those who never want to admit failure never achieve goals. The point is to learn from failure and move forward.

High carbohydrate and sugary foods are addictive,  Yes, that is true  — I must be stronger than my addiction to those foods.

failed my fit lifestyle and diet. Someone suggested I try something new, perhaps what worked in the past wasn’t working. The thing is,  I wouldn’t know, I haven’t been doing what I did in the past — well not the diet and exercise that worked; I was doing the garbage diet and lack of exercise that led to Joe.340; so I guess that did work.

Again, I appreciate all the kind words and encouragement, even the criticisms.

One final thought — I said I was going to be done IF I didn’t get back on track by the end of the week.  I went silent to give as much of my attention to getting on track as I could — I will try and answer everyone who sent me an email or message. If I missed your Facebook posting, please accept my apology, there were quite a bit.

I am back on track.

Insanity = Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome.

Practice = Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a better outcome.

Results = Consistently doing the same thing over and over, expecting a better outcome.

***************************************************************

An Important Week — Honest Self-Assessment

mqdefault“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8.32

The most prominent theme in the comments I have received since I wrote An Important Week, have to do with me being too hard on myself.  I must admit; this has me befuddled.

The words I chose, and continue choose, are to relay an honest assessment of where I was, where I had been and where I want to go.  When we give ourselves open ended time frames, it is very easy to put off doing something until the next day, week, month or longer.  I gave myself one week to get back on track — if I failed to do so, I was going to discontinue my public advocacy of living a healthier, more fit lifestyle.  Really, if I continued championing fitness while weighing almost 300 pounds, and being out of shape, and doing nothing to remedy the situation —- Who the hell would take me seriously?  Perhaps more importantly — How could I take myself seriously?

I take the usage of language, either the spoken or written word, as an earnest expression of my inner thoughts. The words I use, whether they are positive and cheery, or not — are used to convey those ideas, not only to those who read what I wrote, but to myself as well.

I am often baffled at how we as a people proclaim how much we desire and respect honesty, yet, we don’t like the use of words which are authentic.  I failed myself for the last year — that is a plain, simple fact! I gained 84 pounds, and the endurance, strength and fitness I earned through hard work were all gone; what am I supposed to do  — Pat myself on the back?  Should I tell myself — Good job on gaining that weight back?

I remember growing up, it was admirable to display inner strength and mental toughness — Today, does everyone want their hand held?  I

English: NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2009) Cmdr. F. Cur...

don’t!  I erred.  And, here comes the other word people don’t like to use — I was mentally WEAK!  I ate, and ate, and ate, and ate.  I consumed all of the foods I told others not to shove down their gullets.  Instead of rising each day and tackling my waking hours with exercise, positive energy and gusto —I slept in.  I sat around and drank coffee watching Mike and Mike In The Morning or Lead Off with Allie LaForce and Doug Gottlieb.  Should I congratulate myself for watching reports of others being active and achieving?

This isn’t about compassion, or lack thereof; it isn’t about being nice, or not; it isn’t about being sensitive or not?

Is it compassionate to lie to ourselves as  our health deteriorates?

Is it nice to shower platitudes upon ourselves to the point that physical and mental fitness suffers.

Is it sensitive to stand by and simply watch and behaviors that are self-destructive?

I think not!  At certain times it is important to not merely be candid — but to be brutally forthright.  I was writing largely for myself.  I am humbled that I inspire others; but I don’t want that inspiration to be phony and hypocritical.  If I can’t face my weakness, if I can’t accept that I failed, and most importantly, that I have the inner strength to overcome — How can I ever hope move others to do the same?

I could have easily hidden away, gotten back in shape, and most would not have been any the wiser.  But then, I couldn’t look myself in the

mirror, I would not have been able to sleep at night and really the only person who would have been fooled by such a ruse would have been me.  I had to face the realities that I had let myself down; that I allowed my health to crumble.  If I couldn’t be authentic with myself; I could never be genuine with other people.

The opening quote may be considered cliché by some; but that doesn’t make it untrue.  Since I had the courage, grit and fortitude to be honest with myself — I am back on track and ready to not solely, and perhaps it is a blessing, once again undo obesity, but come out triumphant over recidivism.

———————————————————————————————————————
************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.************

To Prevent Injuries —- FOCUS!


I am not an esoteric sort of person.  I don’t believe much in signs being sent my way; however after this week, I might have to rethink that attitude.

I have had three signs telling me that I need to write a posting concerning injury prevention.  I will be posting this to both my fitness/weight loss

An injury to one is an injury to all.

An injury to one is an injury to all. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

blog and my chiropractic blog, because it has significance for both.

I’m not trying to sell anyone out, and while I encourage comments, if you work out where I do, I ask that you not to speculate on who I am discussing.  It isn’t my intent to condemn or criticize any one individual, but to use these incidences as cautionary examples.

Can we prevent every potential injury while working out? Of course not.

No matter how focused we are, how proper our form is or how strong we are feeling — sometimes an injury can occur.  However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take steps to prevent an injury.

Many people have different opinions about what is the most important aspect of preventing injuries, yes good form, as it pertains to an individual’s structure and function is important, and since I neither warm up nor stretch prior to a workout,(I know, let the condemnation begin), I don’t talk much about that.  To me there is no greater aid when it comes to injury prevention than focus and concentration.

I am astounded to see the lack of focus when I am at the gym, and that lack of focus comes not only from those working out, but on occasion, a personal trainer, which was one of my signs.

First off, let’s discuss the signs:

1-      I was in the middle of a set of seated rows, pulling the weight back when a person with whom I am familiar said hello to me.  Now, I don’t mean to be rude, but when I am in the middle of a set — I do NOT have conversations, or even acknowledge anyone else for that matter.  I am focused on the exercise, making sure that I am getting the most out of what I am doing, and also ensuring I don’t get injured.  When I am done, if the other person is between sets, I will go over apologize and say hello.  Well, this person must have felt rebuffed, because he then got in my field of vision and waved, then mimicked the exercise I was doing.  At that point, my concentration gone,  I simply let the handle go and stopped the set.

English: an exercise of shoulder

English: an exercise of shoulder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2-      This morning one of the personal trainers was training a group of three.  I was between sets and happened to glance over because of the loud conversation emanating from the multi-purpose rack. While one person was doing overhead presses, the other two and the trainer were rambling on and on about some topic not related to training.  Then, for some inexplicable reason, the person doing the overhead presses turned their head to the side and back a little, in the middle of a repetition.  I couldn’t believe the trainer did not correct this; does anyone not realize the stress and strain that intervertebral discs are under during an overhead press?  The spine can handle it because that stress is distributed evenly as long as the head is facing straight ahead, once twisting and torque is added to the equation —- the risk of bulging, herniation and or even fragmentation is increased.  Shocked at what I saw, I resisted the urge to say something, because I know it is pointless, I blocked them out and went about my workout.

3-      Finally, this morning, as I am driving to my office, a person is jogging on the sidewalk, when in the middle of the block the jogger decides to abruptly cross the street, directly in front of my car.  I gave a tap on the horn, but the jogger simply ignored me and then made another cut in front of another vehicle.  It was then I noticed the earbuds in each ear.  I was dumbfounded.  I mean really, blasting music or whatever, directly into your ears when jogging near, or in this case, in traffic?  Where is the common f*&^ing sense?

English: SAN DIEGO (Sept. 3, 2009) Fred Fusili...

My advice concerning focus is rather simple.  Once you, or another person, are approaching a barbell, dumbbell or any other weightlifting machine to perform a repetition or set, no conversation, acknowledgement or any other signs of contact should occur.  (Not including encouragement from a training partner or spotter) If you are doing the lifting, your attention should be focused 100% on the task at hand.  If you are nearing someone who is performing a set or repetition, show them that you respect not only the fact they are working out, but that you respect them.  Yes, I say hello to people, and on rare occasion have a conversation but only between one of my supersets or their sets, never when anyone is actually performing a rep, once my attention is directed at the exercise — that’s it, everything else is blocked out.

As far as headphones, I don’t think they have any place in an exercise routine.  The music, or whatever one is listening to, is nothing more than a distraction.  When I am jogging, I want to be in tune with myself; I want to be focused on the motion of my legs and arms, the pace of my breathing and yes the sounds around me; especially if traffic is nearby.

In the gym, when lifting weights, I use my auditory feedback to pace myself and garner feedback.  I get a kick out of everyone starring at the mirror, but they don’t realize the importance of sound as they are lifting weights.  Today, as I was doing leg extensions on an old Nautilus® machine; I listened to the chain clicking around the big old cam.  That noise allows me to know just where I am in the exercise, allowing me to pause just prior to the weight stack coming to rest.  While doing stiff legged deadlifts, if I hear the clang of the weights at the top, I know I’ve gone just a little too far; so I am listening for silence.

Additionally, if someone in the gym is in distress, I can hear their verbal cues that they may need assistance.  And, am I the only one who has ever had someone playing air drums bump into them when doing a set because they are more focused on their performance than others around them?

I know people are attached to their world canceling, isolating devices, but try working out without it for a few weeks.  Pay attention to every move, every breath, each and every bang and clang from the weights — and instead of detaching yourself from the energy surrounding you, become part of it.  You might realize you have been missing an important part of the experience.

This was a little long, but I hope that you can see the important of focus and concentration when exercising.  One little out of place twist or pull or step can cause a preventable injury.  So respect yourself, your surroundings and others — when the weight is being moved, keep conversation, not including a spotter’s encouragement, out of the equation until the weight is placed down or re-racked.

cali——————————————————————–OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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/
———————————————————————————————————————
************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.************

Dr. Robert Lustig


I have been a fan of Dr. Robert Lustig’s work since his presentation, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, went viral.  Yet, as often happens, the more Dr. Lustig spoke, the more I questioned.   As I followed his interviews and presentations, the more I started to not only question, but to disagree — not with his hypothesis, not with his science, not with his identification of the problem, but with his solutions.  Those who have followed my blog or YouTube videos are aware that I am strong proponent of self-reliance and responsibility as keys to defeating obesity,  whereas Dr. Lustig supports some type of government intervention.  These are differing opinions, and while I disagree, I respect his right to his conclusions.

What as spurred me to write was his appearance on WNYC’s  “Here’s The Thing,” hosted by Alec Baldwin.

One of the factors that has always concerned me about Dr. Lustig, is that he is apparently pretty overweight.   Since no one ever mentioned it,  I often thought it was just the way his clothes fit, the camera angle or the way he was positioned.  But, for the first time that I have heard, he admitted to having a weight problem, which unto itself isn’t an issue.  He made no mention of an underlying medical condition, nor, although he gave high praise for physical exercise, did he mention his exercise routine, if any.

How can a person, who is becoming a leading expert on obesity awareness, a person who claims that exercise in is the most important activity to improve quality of life, not lead by example?  It is simply astonishing.

Dr. Lustig fell back to one of the tried and true excuses that many of us, including me, have used at one point or another — lack of time.

Make no mistake, it is an excuse — plain and simple.

It is an excuse that can be negated by proper planning and commitment.  The Dr. went on to say that he carries around a “few extra pounds,”  and that he is not happy about it.  Well, if you aren’t happy about it, then do something about it.  I wrote about this excuse in my posting; How Deep Is Your Desire To Beat Back Obesity?  In that posting I gave a detailed account of one of my typical days. (It appears at the end of this posting.)

I remember hearing Dr. Lustig state that he was caught off guard when the video went viral and he was thrust into the obesity spotlight.  Since then, he has embraced his position giving numerous interviews; however what can be disconcerting is that he doesn’t embrace living a fit and healthful lifestyle.

His admitted weight problem and, even though he doesn’t eat sugar per se, described diet are the proof and root of a problem.  That problem is when the “experts” don’t live the healthful lifestyle they extoll — then the question must,  at the very least, be asked: Should they be the ones to whom we turn to for answers?
———————————————————————————————————-

Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.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.
———————————————————————————————————————
************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.************

This day was Wednesday 9/14/11.  By the way, Wednesday’s is the day of the week my office is closed, you know — my day off .

  • 4:08am — Alarm sounds.  I hit the off button and say to myself several time, “Get up, get up, get up…!” I pause in the sitting position at the edge of my bed and consider laying back down.  I grab a picture of myself at 340 pounds and only need to glance at it for a moment before I spring up to my feet and head to the kitchen for coffee.
  • 4:20am — Finish up my coffee, brush my teeth, shave, double-check my gear that I packed the night before, update Facebook for weight loss clients following me, get dressed and leave for the gym.
  • 4:45am — Arrive at the gym.  Do my leg work out; 40 sets in just under 50 minutes, then go upstairs and do my abdominal workout.
  • 6:00am — Shower, change for the day and leave the gym.
  • 6:30am — Stop by my office.  Check and answer emails from Fat Then Fit Now clients, friends and students.
  • 6:50am — Leave my office.
  • 7:00am — Arrive for breakfast at Tony’s Diner in Kingston, had the best sausage and cheese omelet.
  • 7:30am — Depart Tony’s and head to the college.
  • 7:50am — Arrive at the college and get ready to teach my first class.
  • 8:55am — Class dismissed; off to the office (you know, the one that is closed for the day.)
  • 9:30am — Arrive at the office.  Write and publish blog post.  Answer more emails and Facebook inquires for people interested in my book.  Look over new info for the second edition of Fat Then Fit Now; A Life Beyond Weight Loss.
  • 10:30am — Have a snack of mixed nuts and unsweetened iced tea.
  • 10:45am — Get on Skype with the one and only Jimmy Moore and record a brief segment commemorating his 500th podcast episode.
  • 11:00am — Treat two emergency patients. Ordered lunch.
  • 11:30am — Stop at Leo’s Pizza where a grilled chicken salad w/blue cheese dressing is waiting for me. After lunch I head back up to the college.
  • 12:15pm — Arrive at the college and teach my second class of the day.
  • 1:15pm — Class dismissed.  Off to the lounge. Mix up a protein pudding (just enough water added to protein powder to give it a pudding like consistency), eat it while I enter quiz grades and do some class prep work.  Take a few moments to “discuss” politics with a colleague.
  • 2:30pm — Teach third class of the day.
  • 3:55pm — Class dismissed.
  • 4:00pm — Teach fourth class of the day.
  • 5:50pm — Class dismissed, run to lounge and warm up chicken breast stuffed with artichoke, spinach and cheese that I prepared earlier in the week. Scarfed down dinner.
  • 6:00pm — Teach fifth class of the day.
  • 8:45pm — Class dismissed.
  • 9:15pm — Stop to see my girlfriend for a visit.
  • 10:00pm — Prepare gear, clothes and choose one the already prepared meals to pack for the next day, set up the coffee maker and the timer for 5:08am (I sleep in on Tues/Thursday), put clothes in the washing machine and then finally sit down and unwind with a little television.
  • 10:45pm — Go to bed, check to make sure alarm is set for 5:18am (I need to give the coffee time to brew), read until I fall asleep.

The older you get the fatter you get. Really? I don’t think so!


Today on the radio I heard a commercial for yet another weight loss without effort product. Accuracy be dammed. The commercial was full of standard, pseudo-scientific hokum, designed to separate one from their cash.  Typically I ignore these ads, however, there was one quote that got my attention.

One quote that preyed upon the fears of many people.
One quote that I know to be patently absurd, but I also know people will believe.
One quote that many use as an excuse for allowing their bodies to degrade and become burden’s on our nation’s health-care system.

What is that quote?

“The older you get the fatter you get.”

My attention was caught.
My concentration was brought to the radio.
My Sicilian blood boiled as anger fueled seething rage.

This load of garbage was being affirmed as if it were simply a fact.

This myth was being utilized to sell hopeful, distraught persons a magical cure to the current epidemic of obesity.

This old wives tale was being broadcast over the trusted public airwaves to exploit a gullible and desperate listening audience.

The older you get the fatter you get is simply a stupid statement — don’t you believe it. Perhaps a more accurate proclamation might be the lazier you get the fatter you get.

As I have written in the past, unless there is an underlying medical cause, there is no reason, aging or any other, for one to become obese. Obesity is a result of poor eating habits and lack of proper exercise.

My experience has been, the older I am  the fitter I am. The truth is that people who follow my plan don’t believe any of the standard drivel that is being propagated. They are living proof that if you follow the FatThenFitNow.com plan of consuming low carbohydrate, close to nature foods and including the correct exercise routines, getting fatter is not an option.

Adonis. Marble, antique torso restored and com...

Image via Wikipedia

The problem with most of these weight reduction programs and products is that they are pushing the much desired fable of weight loss without effort. They will use the lazy desire to drop weight without changing eating or exercise habits to enhance their profits. If you were to believe their hype then you could eat to your heart’s content and have the body of Adonis or Athena. Well I myself, at one time or another, had tried almost every plan on the market. I am well aware that this is not the case. The only weight I did lose was in my wallet and bank account. The net effect, without embracing a fit lifestyle, was a rebound in weight and a more miserable existence.

Those who follow the FatThenFitnow.com plan understand that well-being is much more than just about the numbers on the scale. It is about overall good health and weight loss is a side effect of fitness.

To develop a good physique, to drop ugly disgusting body fat and to enjoy better health takes an investment. It is a combination of the threes.

The three D’s:

Desire

Discipline

Determination

And the three E’s:

Eating

Energy

Exercise

Don’t fall victim to the hype.

Don’t throw away hard-earned money.

Don’t ignore the old adage; “if it is too good to be true, it isn’t.”

I took control of my life, I can help others take control of theirs. I went from a disgusting 340 pound amorphous blob, to now possessing a fit physique. I exercise daily. I know longer fear an out-of-order elevator; I no longer walk by the booth at my favorite diner and I don’t need the seatbelt extender when I fly.

I shout loud and proud — I WAS FAT THEN, BUT I’M FIT NOW!

———————————————————————————————————————

https://www.createspace.com/3903024

calihttp://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.
———————————————————————————————————————
************The information contained herin 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.************

 

Gary Taubes; Why We Get Fat — And Excuses Not To Exercise


Marine of the United States Marine Corps runs ...

Image via Wikipedia

I just finished reading Gary Taubes latest bookWhy We Get Fat And What To Do About It.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I have the same criticism of Mr. Taubes that I have had in the past; he gives people excuses and justifications NOT to exercise.  I do not deny nor refute the studies he cites, but he seems to want to give every obese person every possible out to avoid exercise and in turn,  improve their overall health and wellness.  Exercise may or may not influence weight loss, but it does influence overall health, wellness and fitness.  The myriad of pages he spends to justify indolence and laziness is really a disservice to those who need to take control of their obesity issues and live a better quality of life.  Below is a posting I did in the past, I repost it here because reading his book did not change my mind, it just reaffirmed my opinion. I respect Mr. Taubes and would enjoy a meeting and debating him on the the topic of exercise.  I understand that he is an established and respected writer and, for the time being, a more successful author than I am, but that doesn’t change my views that for all the good he is doing brining to light the truth about proper nutrition, he is not helping anyone with his dissuasion of the importance of exercise.

Cover of

Cover of Good Calories, Bad Calories

I was on Jimmy Moore’s Facebook page and blog where I learned of science writer and author of the books; Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: and what to do about it, among other books, was recently on the Dr. Oz show.  Since I work when the show airs, I watched the online version of the show.

Dr. Öz at ServiceNation 2008

Image via Wikipedia

The show was interesting and  I thought Gary held his own and made his points in the allotted time.  I am sure it was edited for broadcast to fit the time frame, so I am willing to bet that we missed quite a bit.  I did find Dr. Oz to be closed minded and really out of his league when discussing low carbohydrate eating.  I will post more bout this at a later time when I have a chance to view the episode again.

What concerned me was the on-line exclusive discussion concerning exercise.  Gary Taubes is correct; you do not need to incorporate exercise to lose weight.  I will not dispute this fact.  If an obese person follows a low carbohydrate eating plan — that person will lose weight.  No and, if or buts about it.

However, is that really the best way to accomplish the goal?

More importantly, should weight loss be the sole goal?

Tthe answer to both questions is a resounding no!

In my book, in columns that I have written and interviews I have given; I am fond of saying that weight loss is a side effect of fitness.  Not because fitness is the way to lose weight, but because the goal is not weight loss — the actual goal is physical fitness.

I can’t tell you how many times I am asked about lose skin from losing over one hundred pounds or how can one maintain their weight loss and the big one;  I thought once I lost weight I would feel better, but I don’t.

The answer to all of the above is exercise.  The problem is the general view of what exactly is exercise.

Exercise must contain both progressive resistance and endurance exercise.  People must stop thinking aerobic or cardiovascular exercise.  Those terms limit the scope of thought, the type of exercise and of course, the results.

Gary Taubes made the comment that exercising will actually cause a person to eat more by “Working up an appetite.”

To those of us who exercise regularly and follow a low carb eating plan, we can attest that we may have an increase in hunger.  However, since low carb eating doesn’t concern itself with overall quantity of food, this is not a big deal.  That mindset should only apply to those that follow calorie restricted diets.

The other factor is that when one follows an exercise program that incorporates both progressive resistance training and endurance exercises, that person will actually crave the foods that will promote muscle repair, proteins, that will actually assist in  fat loss.

My concern about Mr. Taubes so adamantly opposing exercise is that it will just give the lazy an excuse not to exercise.  Without exercise, one limits their overall enjoyment of life.

As I have said before;  weight loss and fitness are not about living longer; they are about living better.

———————————————————————————————————————

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; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

———————————————————————————————————————

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

Related Articles

Calories In Do NOT Equal Calories Out


The myth of calories in/calories out has been perhaps one of the biggest obstacles in successfully managing obesity and may in fact be one of the direct causes of the current obesity crisis.  I am sure you have heard that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you take in.  The correlation can make sense to someone I’m sure, but it in reality it just doesn’t. Taking this theory your weight should fluctuate from day-to-day, week to week and month to month based on how much more activity you either put out or how much more food you consume.

The simple fact is that a calories is NOT a calorie.  The human body will process different foods in different ways. The processing of different foods is heavily influenced by the release of the hormone insulin.  This is the reason why low carbohydrate eating is such an effective means of not only losing weight, but keeping it off — permanently.

Those that espouse the calorie model of weight management will try to convince you that it doesn’t matter what you eat, just so long as you restrict the number of calories you consume.  So you can eat, say 1,500 calories a day.  To the advocates of caloric restriction it doesn’t matter if you eat 1,500 calories of ice cream, steak, bread, potatoes, chicken, fish, candy,… okay you get the idea.  Just as long as you restrict the calories you will lose weight and you know something, this may work, to a point.  However, it will not work in the long-term, and it will definitely not help improve your overall health.  If you are consuming 1,500 calories of sugar every day, your body is secreting large amounts of insulin, eventually, possibly leading to insulin related issues including weight gain, obesity and potentially type II diabetes.

Grain products are often baked, and are rich s...

Image via Wikipedia

The body does not process carbohydrates, proteins and fats the same way.  It is pretty obvious that simple carbohydrates and to a large extent, complex carbohydrates have a negative effect on the human body.  All carbohydrate, with the exception of fiber is eventrually broken down into a simply sugar.  They will all cause insulin to be released, and if not utilized almost immediately the excess energy will be stored as fat in the body.

It does matter where your calories come from, it does matter in which form you consume them and it does matter to your overall health what you eat.

I am an advocate of low carbohydrate eating.  Not simply restricting carbohydrates, but eating foods that are not processed and do not contain large amounts of any type of non-fibrous carbohydrate.  In my next posting I will discuss the difference between fat and carbohydrate as an energy source.

———————————————————————————————————————

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.

———————————————————————————————————————

The Most Effective Way To Lose Weight and Get In Shape!!


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.

Jogging on a bright November morning

Image by Ed Yourdon via Flickr

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 option 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.

———————————————————————————————–

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

He is available to speak  to any school, association or group. He will make himself available to any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

—————————————————————————————————

Targeting Obesity Is About Much More Than Losing Weight; It Is A Life Beyond Weight Loss


A life beyond weight loss is the subtitle of my book Fat Then Fit Now. My approach goes beyond simply losing weight. Anyone can lose weight if they do one of several radical options that are available. The most radical, in my opinion, being surgery. I can’t imagine undertaking the risks of anesthesia, infection, surgical error, after care error, possible malabsorption syndrome and a myriad of other risks including a death rate of either;  1 in 500, 1 in 200 or 1 in 50 depending on the source.

Obesity

Image via Wikipedia

I completely understand the desperation that comes with obesity. I tipped the scales at a God awful three hundred and forty pounds. I couldn’t bend over to tie my shoes, climb a flight of stairs or fit into a movie theater seat. I suffered from elevated blood pressure, respiration and pulse rate readings. I was visiting the emergency room with chest pains every few months.

A vicious cycle was in place. I was fat because I ate too much and to comfort my lonely, pathetic, inactive life I ate and ate and ate. Hell, I snacked from the moment I got out of bed in the morning until the moment I returned to bed in the evening. I only paused from snacking to partake in breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I was completely out of control.

What was worse was that at three hundred and forty pounds — I was still gaining weight. Who knows where my continued increase in fat stores would have led me had I not decided to take control of my life.

I have said it before, I will say it again and again. Unless you have an underlying medical or hormonal condition, obesity is controllable.

It is up to us to take control. We must decide to go from fat to fit and then, go out and do it.

Even in the raging political debate over healthcare reform, the politicians have staked out the position that it is all about care. None of them debate our country’s failing personal health. To them it is much easier to stir the populace, exploit fear and divide the people only on how to pay for care. Not a single, solitary one of them has the guts to discuss one of the primary means to reduce health care costs; self-control.  It is projected that 43% of U.S. adults will become obese and they will cost the U.S. health care system $344 Billion annually.

However, with all that said, I chose to not simply lose weight. As I stated in the first paragraph, anyone can lose weight. I set out to restore my health. That is what we need to focus on, that is what life beyond weight loss is all about.

In our quest, we must ignore the conventional wisdom that utilizes the food pyramid to dictate what we should eat. The food pyramid is flawed for its primary reliance on carbohydrate saturated foods. Basic physiology tells us that carbohydrates not immediately shunted to provide energy are converted to fat and stored in the adipose cells of the body. What is the result? Hastened obesity.

The time is now to make smart decisions and retrain yourself that food is not for pleasure, comfort or something to do while watching television. Food is plainly and simply fuel. Yet, the Fat Then Fit Now approach incorporates planned splurges, because as educated as we become — we can’t deny that food tastes good. So via a system of proper eating, exercise and energy you become the master of your appetite and tastes — they no longer master you.

The Fat Then Fit Now approach incorporates smart exercise, combining principles of endurance conditioning and progressive resistance training to turn your body into a fat burning machine. I don’t advocate hours of senseless aerobic activity to burn off the excess carbohydrates you have consumed in the hopes that you finally get to stored body fat. My approach forces the body to rely on body fat for fuel, resulting in excess lard disappearing from one’s frame.

Through the use of positive mental energy approaches to remain focused, you become aware that losing weight is not difficult and exercise is not an arduous complex chore.

Finally, you will start to do more than simply exist from day-to-day. You will start to live an active, healthful life because you now possess the proper physical conditioning to go out and participate in the activities you have so long watched other enjoy!

——————————

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

A New Category; Extreme Obesity


This morning I was introduced to a disturbing new term; “Extreme Obesity.” I couldn’t believe my ears. Have we now taken obesity to a new level?!  After doing research I learned the term is not that new, but it is still disturbing. According to a Kaiser Permanente study “extreme obesity” affects 6.4% of our children.

What is going on here?

The rise in childhood obesity and obesity in general appears to have really taken off in the late 1970’s and early 80’s.

US sweetener consumption, 1966-2004. It is app...

Image via Wikipedia

Two changes occurred during that time frame. Soda and food companies moved away from expensive sugar and replaced it with cheaper, chemically alter corn known as high fructose corn syrup (HFC). HFC is a primary sweetener in many of the foods now consumed. Though there is conflicting data and reports, we can not dismiss the timing of the introduction of this dietary additive as a potential contributor to the ballooning of the nation’s collective girth.

The second change? In the that time frame the ground work, for what would later became known as the food pyramid, began to rear its ugly head and from it’s mouth a fountain of misinformation began to spew.

Fat, in all forms, became public enemy numero uno. Food producers, looking to increase profits unleashed a barrage of low and no fat products. There is a dirty little secret; to make up for the fat and to increase palatability, the sugar and HFC content were amped up. They even took it a step further and started labeling existing; sugar shocked junk as “low fat foods,” absurdly insinuating that the product was “healthy.”  The mindset evolved into sugar be dammed, as long as it doesn’t contain fat — eat it to your hearts content and, as we are discovering, eventual damage.

We went from eating balanced diets, to eating carbohydrate saturated foods. Please realize, no matter how complex the carbohydrate; once digestion is over — it becomes a simple sugar. In turn we went from a relatively small amount of obese folks, to now having more people classified obese, than simply overweight.

Dietary considerations are only part of the problem. When I was a youth I was excited to receive a football, baseball, basketball or any sports related, activity encouraging, item. Today’s youth often are showered with sloth inducing products; video games, smart phones, computers, etc… The concept of going outdoors to play and socialize has been replaced with sedentary instant messaging and texting.

Schools are just as culpable. They serve nutrient lacking foods, allow empty calorie dispensing soft drink machines in their lobbies and, because of standardized academic testing, arguably see the need to restrain activity.

Recess is a thing of “the olden days.” Gym class is either cut back or dropped. In some cases youngsters have gym for a set number of days and then not again until it returns in a cycle.

For the health and well being of the children — gym class must be daily.

As the extreme obesity generation passes into adulthood, diseases that do not usually show up until humans are more aged will start making appearances in people as young as twenty.

Will this be an acceptable burden on the nation’s health care system?

Ad campaigns claim, age wise, “60 is the new 40.” That may be true for my generation, but it looks like for succeeding generations, 40 may turn out to be the new 80.