More On Appetite and Obesity and Even Dr. Robert Lustig and Gary Taubes


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

Is Obesity Really A Complex Issue?


(The below is a repost, with a few edits, of a column I originally wrote for the Pittston Sunday Dispatch in 2009)

There has been much talk and debate about national health care, and whether is here, will be even larger, or will be defunded.  I am not going to discuss politics or the pros and cons of universal health care, that is in the control of the politicians, and we all are aware that they are the most under-qualified group to be taking this on.

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I am going to discuss one of the major risk factors to our health, one major risk that we, ourselves, can actually control — Obesity.

I heard on the news that obesity  is a complex problem that did not have a simple solution.

Okay, let’s examine this ludicrous statement.  Generally speaking, unless a person has an underlying medical or hormonal condition, there is no reason for one to be overweight or obese. I’m sorry to burst many people’s excuse-seeking bubbles — but that is a fact.

  • We control our bodies.
  • We control what goes in.
  • We control the amount of exercise we put out.

The problem is not complex — it is too much sugar, too much high fructose corn syrup, too much processed fast foods, not enough lean proteins, not enough fresh raw vegetables and not enough getting from behind the computer and moving.

The solution itself is also simple — cut the sugar, cut out the  high fructose corn syrup, get rid of the highly processed refined garbage Americans are shoveling down their gullets and replace them with lean proteins, raw fresh vegetables, healthy fats, low glycemic fruits and get up and get moving.

Today we have more obese people in the United States than those who are simply overweight.

This is a real problem

This problem will lead to real diseases.

The morbidly obese are going to stress the U.S. health care system to a degree that not all the private or public health insurance money will be able to handle.

A  few years ago, a local school district was given a grant from the State Education Department to fight childhood obesity. I don’t know why they needed $5,000. I could have told them how to do it for a fraction of that amount. Has anyone ever seen school menus today? While healthy options are available, there is still plenty of sugar laden and processed junk on the menu.
Side note: if your school still has soda machines — get ‘em out.

Physical education must be a five day a week class and a regimented exercise program is a necessity. We need to teach children fitness as a lifestyle from their earliest and most formative years. I will even come in and design it.

My good friend, the Yonk, at his highly influential blog The Lu Lac Political Letter, mentioned how a company had an incentive program for its employees. The employees were paid for taking steps to be responsible for their own wellness. Sounds like a good plan, but what passes for dietary guidelines and exercise plans really do very little  for the morbidly obese. Again, I will come in a design the program and then I will make sure people stick to it. If you want to pay people to take care of themselves okay, but give them the guidance and the accountability to stick to it.

I remember when HMO’s and PPO’s first started in the mid 1980’s. One of the great parts about my plan was that my gym membership was paid in full by the health insurance company. I used that membership; however, I knew many who joined but then were out of the gym within a month. The result was that the good intentions of helping their insured get fit, ended up just costing the insurance company more money than it saved and they changed the benefit to a discount and then eventually did away with it.

In the United States, we are focused on our health care crisis. We are trying to figure out how to pay for care. I am sure that there will be something in one form or another by the end of the year; however, we really need to stop focusing solely on the “care” part of  health care and start putting an emphasis on “health.” Unless we act today, for some, tomorrow may be very bleak.

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

100% Agreement Is Not Necessary


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Often when I write about self-responsibility in regards to weight loss I get a few emails telling me how wrong I am.  However, on my journey back from recidivism, I wrote An Important Week, and Honest Self-Assessment; I was bombarded with comments, Facebook comments/messages and emails — most were supportive, others not so much.  What I find most interesting with those who disagree with me is their almost dogmatic, if not zealousness support for a specific paradigm or weight loss expert/author.  Followed by how evil and cold hearted I am for being honest about myself — I am scolded with admonishments of how this author stated something different and I need  to read what they have written.

I read each comment/email/message, but I don’t reply to each. As I state at the top of this blog;

“Thank you for visiting and reading. Please feel free to comment, I don’t answer very often because I have had my say, and the comments are for you to have yours. Just remember, even if we disagree, I don’t require you to be wrong, for me to be correct in my thinking!”

What I find most interesting, is that while I respect the opinion and viewpoints of others, most people don’t feel that way — especially with

Edgar L. McCoubrey and Jack LaLanne

the whole self-responsibility point of view.  Much of my attitude about fitness has been shaped historically by Bernarr Macfadden and Jack LaLanne.  Yet, no matter how influential the  work of both men has been on me, I don’t 100% agree with everything they have ever written or said.  Both espoused not eating red meat — although at different points in their lives both did.   Because I eat red meat, I am not a vegetarian, should I discount all of the other valuable information they provided?

In modern times I have deep respect for Robert Lusting and Gary Taubes.  Does that mean I have to religiously accept everything they write or state?

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I have written about how both men inspire me to do what I have done, but at the same time I have also written about my disagreements with aspects of both.

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I applaud Dr. Lusting for all the patients he has helped and how his viral video and ensuing popularity have raised awareness of the obesity epidemic in our country.  At the same time, I think his solutions of government control are not the best way to deal with the problem and  I wasn’t too impressed that he can’t seem to take control of his own wellness by making excuses for his poor eating when he appeared on Alec Baldwin’s radio show.  One of the reasons I considered dropping out of the weight loss and fitness discussion is I don’t feel that is appropriate to extol a lifestyle that I was no longer living.  Do my disagreements mean that I should not respect Dr. Lustig? Should I ignore all of the good based on a few disagreements?  I don’t think so.

Robert Atkins (nutritionist)

I have read most everything Gary Taubes has written — additionally I went and read many of the sources he cites.  If there

Good Calories Bad Calories Summary

is one person since Dr. Atkins death who has done more to bring mainstream attention to the benefits of low carbohydrate eating than Gary Taubes — I can’t name them.  But I believe much of what Gary writes is misinterpreted by those who read him.  Also, I think he gives an out for people not to focus on fitness in what I interpret as anti-exercise themes in much of what he writes.  I have been told my those who know Mr. Taubes that I am incorrect in this statement, but I went back and re-read his attitudes about exercising, and while I agree he doesn’t say one should not — he provides a great excuse for those who do want to exercise.  Taubes is one of the greatest collectors and disseminators of information concerning the science of low carbohydrate benefits — should I discount everything Gary Taubes writes about and his importance in raising awareness simply because I disagree on a few issues?  I don’t think so.

I only named the people I overall agree with — I still read the writings of those I for the most part disagree with; because disagreement doesn’t mean they don’t have valid points and relevant information that I can still apply to my own fitness and weight loss goals.  As I wrote in Art, Science & Philosophy, “Many get so bogged down in who is right and who is wrong, that the benefits of each gets lost.  And worse yet, many get so lost in the minutia, focusing so intently on a drop of water — they miss the majesty of the ocean”

Aloha, Ciao, & Stay Healthy

Joe

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************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

Movement Is Life


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good Calories Bad Calories Summary

Good Calories Bad Calories Summary (Photo credit: Earthworm)

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

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

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

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

Explaining health during his TV show

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

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

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

We must conquer it by moving our bodies every day.

Get out, exercise and become fit.

Hell, it worked for Jack LaLanne.

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

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website http://www.obesityundone.com/
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************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

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He has appeared on 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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How Will You CHOOSE To Respond To Adversity?


After all I have been through life continues throwing me some heavy-duty, rib-breaking, Rocky Balboa type body blows. Compared to many I am blessed, but on occasion — I don’t feel that way. The reality of owning a business in these current economic times can weigh heavy upon one’s psyche.  Very real pressure can crush even the strongest and broadest shoulders.  Some days, I feel much like I did a few years ago. Similar situations caused apathy, which in turn led to laziness. The result was that my weight ballooned to a ponderous, pachydermian three hundred and forty pounds and my fitness levels plummeted to previously unforeseen depths.

On a morning a few days back, when the alarm clock sounded, for the first time in a long time, I had the desire to unplug the chronograph, roll back over and continue my slumber. Reawakened by my current situation, my inner demons reared their ugly heads.

Visions of carbohydrate crammed foods danced in  my head.  Pancakes, home fries, doughnuts and waffles for breakfast started bubbling to the forefront of my brain. Later, I could go for a pizza and a nice pot of macaroni. Then, in the evening, maybe a pie and a pint or two of ice cream.  Ah yes, the comfort foods would work their soothing magic.

The demons screamed into my skull:

Why exercise?
Why eat right?

What is the point?
Think of how nice it would be to sleep, on a full belly, an extra few hours each and every morning.

I knew that the combination of sloth and gluttony would once again isolate me from the outside world. The calming influences of empty calorie, nutrient devoid foods would help me sleep. The lack of exercise would convert the excess consumption into a protective lard layer and I would once again be isolated from the rest of the human race.Dante and Virgil in Hell

I felt like I was being held from Hell’s fires by a proverbial rope.  I glanced up and studied the rope that has kept me afloat in even the worse situations. I noticed that the repair jobs from the previous occasions in which life almost took me down, were once again frayed. The gremlins and graveling, which are busily hacking away at the rope, are now more than half way through.

As my gazed remain fixed; I pondered a few thoughts: Will the rope give all together? Will my life and future plummet into a great abyss? It very well might. When it desires, life can be a cold and heartless bastard. The big question is:

Will I embrace my inner demons  and willingly hasten my demise?

I stayed in bed and wondered what it would be like to have had a charmed life. I asked myself more questions.

How different would it have been if my father hadn’t been forced onto disability by a life altering injury?

How would it have been if my parents could have afforded to send me straight to college out of high school?

Was my judgment to enter the Navy, to alleviate the burden of at least one child to care for, the correct decision?

Yes, the self-doubt and self-pity of despair were being cheered on by the demons. Much like the negative focused naysayers, my inner mischievous sprites are acting as the harbingers of doom — joyfully, fanning my flames of despair, discontent, doubt and disillusionment.

How easy would it be to embrace their self-destructive message!
How simple would it be to return back to my former indolence!
How effortless would it be to add a hefty burden to the rope!

As these thoughts ran through my head, a truck driver outside my window slammed on the brakes. As the tractor-trailer came to a very loud halt, its cargo violently shifted and I was jarred by a thunderous clang. My still sleeping brain interpreted the clamor into the clang of iron plates being dropped onto the gym floor.

Thoughts of clanging and banging iron sent a familiar shiver through my body.

I jumped from my bed.  The demons hid in terror.  I would not give into their cursed cheering.

There is no time for self-pity.
There is no time for self-sorrow.
There is no time for self-destruction.

The rope is starting to show threads and I am not sure how long it will hold out. However, I will not increase its burden by adding weight to my frame.

As much as we tend to think otherwise, there is very little in our lives over which we have control.

Well run businesses fail.
Bad, at times awful, things happen to good people.
Politicians pass laws regardless of the actual outcomes.
Hard working, loyal employees often find themselves without a job.

Is adversity a setback or an opportunity?

It is all in  how we choose to view it. We can allow bad luck, bad decisions and just flat out bad situations dominate, control and beat us down, or  —  we can choose how we respond.Fallen angels in Hell

You see, I choose how I respond. I choose not to allow those demons that are screaming effect me.  And, I choose to tell those demons to go straight back to hell!

The one thing we can control is ourselves.

We can control our mental attitude.
We can control our fitness level.
We can control what we eat.

In spite of Gary Taubes’s anti exercise writings, I continue my endeavors in exercise. I am confident that by being physically fit and strong, if that rope does give out, I will be powerful enough to reach up, grab the remaining end and support myself

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

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information 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.************

 

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Adversity — Setback or Opportunity?


Lately, life continues throwing me some heavy-duty, rib-breaking body blows.

Fallen angels in Hell

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Compared to many I am blessed, but recently — I don’t feel that way. The reality of owning a business in these current economic times can impact us all. I feel much like I did a few years ago. Similar situations caused apathy, which in turn led to laziness. The result was that my weight ballooned to a ponderous, pachydermian three hundred and forty pounds and my fitness levels plummeted to previously unforeseen depths.

On a recent morning, when the alarm clock sounded, for the first time in a long time, I had the desire to shut the buzzer off and roll back over. Reawakened by my current situation, my inner demons reared their ugly heads.

Thoughts of pancakes, home fries, doughnuts and waffles for breakfast started bubbling to the forefront of my brain. Later, I could go for a pizza and a nice pot of pasta. Then, in the evening, maybe a pie and a pint or two of ice cream. The comfort foods would work their soothing magic.

The demons screamed into my skull:

Why exercise?
Why eat right?
What is the point?
Think of how nice it would be to sleep, on a full belly, an extra three hours each morning.

I knew that the combination of sloth and gluttony would once again isolate me from the outside world. The calming influences of empty calorie, carbohydrate loaded foods would help me sleep. The lack of exercise would convert the excess consumption into a protective layer of fat and I would once again be isolated from the rest of the human race.

Dante and Virgil in Hell

Image via Wikipedia

I look up and studied the proverbial rope that is keeping me from plunging into Hell’s fires. The repair jobs, from the previous occasions in which life almost took me down, were once again frayed. The gremlins and gravelings, which are busily hacking away at the rope, are now more than half way through.

Will the rope give all together? Will my life and future plummet into a great abyss? It very well might. When it desires, life can be a cold and heartless bastard. The big question is:

Will I embrace my inner demons  and willingly hasten my demise?

I stayed in bed and wondered what it would be like to have had a charmed life. I asked myself:

How different would it have been if my father hadn’t been forced on to disability by a life altering injury?

How would it have been if my parents could have afforded to send me straight to college out of high school?

Was my judgment to enter the Navy, to alleviate the burden of at least one child to care for, the correct decision?

Yes, the self-doubt and self-pity of despair were being cheered on by the demons. Much like WILK talk radio host Steve Corbett, my inner mischievous sprites are acting as the harbingers of doom — joyfully, fanning my flames of despair, discontent, doubt and disillusionment.

How easy would it be to embrace their self-destructive message!
How simple would it be to return back to my former indolence!
How effortless would it be to add a hefty burden to the rope!

As these thoughts ran through my head, a truck driver outside my window slammed on the brakes. As the tractor-trailer came to a very loud halt, its cargo violently shifted and I was jarred by a thunderous clang. My still sleeping brain interpreted the clamor into the clang of iron plates being dropped onto the gym floor.

Thoughts of clanging and banging iron sent a familiar shiver through my body. I jumped from my bed and the demons hid in terror. I would not give into their cursed cheering.

There is no time for self-pity.
There is no time for self-sorrow.
There is no time for self-destruction.

The rope is starting to show threads.
I am not sure how long it will hold out.
I will not increase its burden by adding weight to my frame.

As much as we tend to think otherwise, there is very little in our lives over which we have control.

Well run businesses fail everyday.
Bad, at times awful, things happen to good people.
Politicians pass laws regardless of the actual outcomes.
Hard working, loyal employees often find themselves without a job.

Is adversity a setback or an opportunity?

It is all in  how we choose to view it. We can allow bad luck, bad decisions and just flat out bad situations dominate, control and beat us down —  or we can choose how we respond.

For the last two weeks injury, medication side-effects and an illness have kept me from the gym.  Tomorrow morning I can’t wait to get back.

You see, I choose how I respond. I choose not to allow those demons that were screaming effect me.  And, I choose to tell those demons to go straight back to hell!

The one thing we can control is ourselves.

We can control our mental attitude.
We can control our fitness level.
We can control what we eat.

In spite of Gary Taubes’s anti exercise writings, I will continue my endeavors in exercise. Because, by being physically fit and strong, if that rope does give out, I will be powerful enough to reach up, grab the remaining end and support myself.

Don’t quit on being fit!

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

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information 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: Low Carb Champion, but No Exercise Excuse Enabler


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I was on Jimmy Moore’s Facebook page and his world’s best low carb blog where I learned that 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.  Being a big fan of Mr. Taubes’ books I was excited to see the show, however, since I work when the show airs, I watched the online version rebroadcast.

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 to make Dr. Oz look good and to fit the time frame, so I am willing to bet that we missed quite a bit.  I did find Dr. Oz to be condescending,  closed minded and really out of his league when discussing low carbohydrate eating.

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 singular goal?

The answer to both questions is a resounding no!

In my book, 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 improved physical fitness.

I can’t tell you how many times I am asked about loose 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.

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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.

Of course, prior to engaging in an exercise a complete physical is a must. Once you are cleared, you must actually understand what understand what is meant by moderate exercise.

Moderate exercise is NOT taking a stroll.  It isn’t sitting on an exercise bike and reading a magazine.  No you actually must do something. You have to move, you have to sweat a little bit and for goodness sake you should NOT  be reading, watching television or carrying on a conversation when you should be focusing on the task at hand.

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.

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The other factor is that when one follow 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 certain folks an excuse not to exercise and enable indolence.  And, 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.

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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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; 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.

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

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Fat Then Fit Now Questions Answered


In my quest to end obesity I have been asked many, many questions — here are a few, with my answers.

Q. How many years do you think losing all that weight will add to your life?

A. I don’t know and I don’t care.  I did not get back in shape to live longer, I did it to live better.

Q.  Did you have surgery?

No. No drugs, no surgery, no gimmicks.

Q. What was your motivation?

A. Plain and simple I was tired of being fat.  Unless you have been obese you really don’t understand the self-imposed limitations on your life.  Can you imagine going into a restaurant or diner and praying that a table is open, because you can not fit in a booth?!? Or walking up a flight of stairs and stopping half way to catch your breath? How about taking a flight somewhere and wondering if you are going to to spill over into

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the next seat and  inconvenience the poor person next to you, or worse yet, be forced to purchase an extra seat?  Obese people who say that they are happy the way they are, are full of it.  Take it from me, I was morbidly obese, I was fat, as I have stated I made Shamu look svelte — I was not happy.

Q. What is the secret?

A. There is no secret just:

Desire! Determination! Discipline!

Q. If there is no secret then why have a weight loss business?

A. To motivate others who share my past problem conquer theirs and to help others have a better quality of life and perhaps in the process SAVE a few lives.

Q. Is Fat Then Fit Now, part of your practice? Do you accept insurance?

A. No to both. Fat Then Fit Now is a motivational entity designed to get people started and succeed in regaining health and developing fitness. It is recommended that anyone utilizing Fat Then Fit Now have a thorough medical examination prior to beginning.

Q. Which web-site for information do you visit the most often.

A. Jimmy Moore’s site is the gold standard for low carb information on the web. If the research has been done, Jimmy has posted it on his site. His in-depth interviews are available on his podcasts.

Q. When do you plan to start the online version of Fat Then Fit Now?

A. I am planning  a relaunch of www.FatThenFitNow.com for July  of 2011,  however I have taken on a clients at my office, as my schedule permits. Anyone interested can contact me via e-mail FatThenFitNow@me.com

Q. Will you accept children as well as adults as clients?

A. Yes.  The childhood obesity rate is alarming.  Something needs to be done; Now!

Q. Do you take those who have had failed gastric by-pass surgeries.

A. Yes, I do.  The rate of failure of these surgeries is alarming.  I have recently begun accepting clients of failed bariatric surgeries.

Q. How do you feel that the current Surgeon General of the United States is overweight?

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A. I don’t like it. I think we need to set examples. I have the same opinion about celebrities like Kevin Smith, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Moore and politicians who don’t have the discipline to control themselves.

Q. You seem to be harsh and  unyielding at times; Why?

A. Because, excuses and excuse makers are enablers. We have a serious problem, one that can’t be solved by being weak.

Q.  In your local area, who do you consider to be the biggest enemy of the state of good health and why?

A. WILK’s Talk Jock Steve Corbett.  He advocates a supposedly healthy dietary lifestyle (which is anything but)  and talks as if he actually is informed on the topic.  However, he shills for a lot of unhealthy food merchants.  If one is going to advocate healthy eating, which he does, even though it really isn’t, — then why would one promote health robbing, obesity encouraging foods and establishments?

Q. When are you going to write a book?

A. I did and it is available in e-book and paper back versions, you can find the links at www.FatThenFitNow.com

Q. Besides your own; what books do you recommend?

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A.  Either book by Gary Taubes; Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat, Jimmy Moore’s; 21 Life Lessons, Deborah Montalto Piffer’s;Kicking Diabetes Ass and Dr. Robert Su’s; Carbohydrates Can Kill

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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  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.

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