Classic Doc Joe: For the next several weeks I will be re-posting some of my original writings.
I heard that word again.
You know, that one word answer to the obesity epidemic.
It is the word that is offered as the simplistic solution to all our woes.
It is the word that the lazy jog on out to justify their lackadaisical, exercise efforts.
It is the word that those who consume junk food use as an excuse to feed their cravings.
It is the one word that makes the hairs on my neck stand straight up.
It is the one word that causes every muscle in my body to reflexively tense until they cramp.
What is the word?
The proponents of moderation tell us; to lose weight, all we need do is eat in moderation.
Radio personality and self-proclaimed America’s Doctor, media medic Dr. Dean Edell will tell you to eat whatever you like, just do so in moderation. Please tell me exactly what is moderation? Joe.340 would eat a dozen doughnuts over the course of a day — What is moderation? Six!?!? You think I am joking. For someone like me — food is an addiction, and that is exactly the thinking that can go on.
The gurus of pseudo-fitness decree that to shape up your body all you must do is exercise in moderation. For Joe.340 moderate exercise would have been lifting and carrying 2 pizza boxes and a 2 six packs of beer from my car to the apartment.
Even tough talking, bombastic radio host Michael Savage, a man for whom political moderation is a travesty, demonstrates an uncharacteristic point of view when it comes to serious exercise when he states that you should only exercise enough to get your muscles warm. Yo, Dr. Michael Alan Weiner, you would not accept moderation in the political realm because you understand that moderation produces mediocre results — Why accept it anywhere else?
Jack LaLanne knew the answer. Once he swore off sugar as a teen, he stated he never had a sweet again. He lived into his 90′s, that is a long time without a slice of cake or a dish of ice cream. Many will think that extreme, but Jack LaLanne was a man who not only talked about living a healthy life — he actually lived a healthy life.
If you suffer from obesity — did eating moderately cause you to become overweight?
If you are a physical wreck — did you reach that state because you were only moderately slothful?
If you only want to kind-of, sort-of lose weight, I highly suggest moderation.
If you only kind-of, sort-of desire to improve your fitness level, then by all means, only exercise moderately.
If the object of education is to barely understand what you are studying, please, only review the material every now and then.
If the goal of your life is to only achieve limited, average, mediocre success, then don’t work too hard and that is exactly what you will achieve.
Simply stated, if your goal is excellence, you won’t get there via half-hearted, half-way, moderate attempts.
If you want to reshape your body and retake control of your very being, you must be willing to dedicate yourself to that effort.
You must not only have the desire to lose weight, you must not only have the determination get in shape, you must also have the discipline to accomplish your goals.
You must be aware of everything that you eat every day. You must do some form of exercise each day of the week. You must make a new you a priority in your life.
If you are unwilling to work hard, you will not reach your goals. If you are not going to invest time to exercise, the results won’t be those you desire.
I’m not saying to push yourself to the extreme limits elite athletes push themselves, but you must push yourself within your own limits. You must make the maximum effort you are capable of making to achieve the results you desire.
Of course, get a thorough physical examination. Be as sure as possible that you will not suffer deleterious effects from exercise or a new diet. When you are sure your current physical state can handle it, go out and begin to reshape and remodel your body.
Take it slow at first.
Gradually, build up your strength and endurance.
However, as you progress and your fitness level improves, slowly but surely push yourself a little further.
As you continue to improve, as the excess body fat falls from your body, as you need to purchase new clothing, as you begin to enjoy a more active, fulfilling life you will no longer accept mediocrity.
Moderation? I don’t think so. I will take excellence any day!
Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,
Doc Joe Leonardi is the author of two books on weight loss and fitness. Obesity Undone and Sometimes the Bastard Returns. Both available on CreatSpace.com and Amazon.com.
Obesity Undone, is the 2nd edition of the life changing book Fat Then Fit Now. Obesity undone is weight loss and fitness uncomplicated. On March 1, 2008, Physical Culturist and Chiropractor Doc Joe weighed a ponderous, pachydermian and unhealthy 340 pounds. One year later he weighed in at 210 pounds.
In Sometimes The Bastard Returns Doc Joe Leonardi discusses the very real problem of obesity relapse. How it happened to him, and how on the verge of giving up,he reclaimed his health, wellness and fitness.
Doc Joe is also available to speak to your group, and for interviews. You may reach him at FatThenFitNow39@gmail.com
************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.*************
- Classic Interview: Jack LaLanne and Bill Phillips (billphillipsnews.com)
- There is NO Such Thing as “Moderation” (howiemill.wordpress.com)
- Do You Want To Lose Weight? (socialpoweredcontent.com)
- Jack LaLanne and the Fifties Housewife: How the California Fitness Craze Changed Home Cooking (kcet.org)