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Body Composition and Weight Loss! Why It’s So Important!

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
We’ve specialised in weight loss processes at New Leaf for over 10 years – using several types of weight loss processes including the HCG Rapid Weight Loss programme, Shake It, Keto, Paleo… and I TRULY BELIEVE that weight loss without regular (weekly is optimal!) VLA BioImpedance Screenings is dangerous!
A few years ago I had two people in a short space of time that had both lost muscle mass and muscle quality on HCG.  This confused me until I realised that they had both decided to continue the HCG diet BEYOND the allowed 42 days maximum.  Both had done an extra 2 weeks instead of going back onto consolidation as the protocol requires.  It was really interesting to see because it highlighted that the HCG rules are really important.  Many of my clients say they could do HCG or Steak Days or Apple Days forever!
I had another client who (with another naturopath) had done 6 weeks of juice fasting and her inflammation was through the roof, her muscle mass and muscle quality was a joke.  It was scary the damage that had been done to her body.  She said ‘but I feel great’!  I said, ‘well, that’s because your body is running on sugar all day every day!’.  We had a lot of work to do to repair her body.  If juice fasting is to be done to prevent or help health problems (such as cancer) increasing inflammation during the process is not the way to go….
Another client (this was who I call my mars bar lady!) on the Shake It weight loss programme, who was continually losing about 1/2 kilo per week and had done incredibly well, turned up for her apt and said ‘I’ve been a bit naughty, I don’t expect to lose weight this week’.  We did her VLA and found:
  • weight about the same as previously
  • 2 kilos LOSS of muscle mass
  • 30% decrease in muscle quality
  • 2 kilos of combination extra fat and fluid.
  • she’d eaten 3 mars bars (on special at a service station – don’t do it!!) at a servo 2 days earlier.
  • it took 3 weeks to regain her muscle mass and muscle quality and bring her fat mass down to ‘before’ the mars bar day!
One of my ladies in yesterday had only lost 200g this week (had missed 4 doses of HCG and hadn’t had optimal diet over weekend)… but overall there had still been good changes:
  • 450g reduced normal fat
  • 500g reduced tummy fat
  • less hydrated in muscles
  • more fluid outside cells
 So  don’t allow your body to fall apart while losing weight.  Talk to us about maintaining or losing weight healthily!!
New Leaf Natural Therapies
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In other words, there had been a kilo shift for the better, a kilo of inflammatory fluid (which needs releasing – yes!) but she wouldn’t have known without weekly VLA BioImpedance Screenings….

Paleo Diet – do’s and dont’s… not to mention why!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

So… you’ve heard of the Paleo Diet? (This article will not be useful for vegetarians/vegans)

I saw Loren Cordain (Author – The Paleo Diet) who’s been researching food and how it affects us for over 20 years, at a congress in 2009.  Loren was amazing.  He linked just about anything that wasn’t on the Paleo Diet to chronic disease.  This’ll be no surprise but preservatives, flavourings, processed foods, sugars, excessive salts, meats with marbled fat, foods that have been genetically changed, grains, grains, grains… all are linked with insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, ADHD, Aspergers and Autism, cancer, dementia and so much more.

The idea of the paleo diet is to eat what we are genetically designed to eat – for thousands of years.  Our body’s are not keeping up with the changes to foods in the past 50-100 years and as a race, we are suffering!  Think about your genes for just a second – do you have dodgy genes? Do you look at family members and think you’re just having a lot of bad-luck-health-wise?  Well, Paleo can help to reverse genetic defects by feeding our body the food it is genetically designed to eat!


Meats, seafood and eggs are perhaps the most important component of the Paleo Diet. So many people are reducing these foods for reasons such as cholesterol, bowel cancer, acidity, cancer – but to what effect?  These health issues have not reduced in the past 30 years – they’ve increased!  As always, there’s a balance in life!

In a perfect world, or if the choice is there, the meats, seafood and eggs should be organically grown, bred in the wild (not grain fed), and best choosing low-fat meats.  For example, here in Australia kangaroo meat is fantastic – 2% fat compared to lamb meat which has up to 40% marbled fat (even lean-lamb).   Obviously they shouldn’t be ‘breaded’ or ‘coated’ when cooking.

Vegetables are encouraged… pretty much all vegetables that can be eaten raw are allowed on the diet.  Since legumes are not permitted in Paleo, that means green beans and peas not allowed since they are legumes. Potatoes and other starchy tubers are not allowed.

Fruits… are generally allowed.  For those with insulin resistance (Triglycerides / HDL Cholesterol should be < 0.8) or who want to lose weight:  reducing to 1 piece per day until insulin resistance/weight gain is under control.

Nuts…are generally allowed.  For those trying to lose weight, keep nuts to around 140g daily.  Raw is best.  Cooking nuts changes good oils into carcinogenic oils.  Or lightly roast them yourself so that you are in control of heating, oils and salt.  Unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk are used in place of dairy milk.

Oils…  Generally oils from allowed plants are fine. Olive oil, nut oils, and flax seed oil are universally endorsed. Cordain recommends canola oil, but not coconut oil. Fish oil supplements are often recommended.

Beverages…  Cordain is quite lenient about beverages.  Many Paleo researchers say it’s water and tea, and limited quantities of juice – specifically no coffee and no alcohol. Cordain – anything other than water should only be drunk in moderation, with the following recommendations.

  • Diet soft-drinks (very controversial in the Paleo community from what I can tell – diet drinks contain neuro-toxins and naturopathically I would never recommend them.)
  • Coffee & Tea (limited)

Also, although in one place Cordain says alcohol “should be limited to an occasional glass of wine, beer, or spirits”, in another place in the book he defines moderation as:

  • Wine – 2 x 1/2 glasses
  • Beer – 1.5 glasses
  • Spirits – 2 x 1/2 glass (which is more than is recommended by anyone else, Paleo or not)


Refined Sugars

There is a long list of foods which are basically sugar – Some allow small amounts of honey or pure maple syrup – but this would have been a rare treat.


Yes, there were wild grains, and a few roasted kernels have been found in ancient fires. But really – how much wild grain could have been collected at a time? Answer: not much. Corn is a grain.

Starchy Tubers

No starchy tubers, including

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams
  • Cassava
  • Manioc
  • Some say beets

Legumes (Beans, Peas, Peanuts)

Generally not allowed – much is made of the lectins in legumes, but basically, no!

Dairy Products

No  Paleo researchers endorse eating dairy: milk, butter, cream, yogurt, ice cream, cheese,,,

Some Meats

Most processed meats (made with nitrites and additives) are not allowed, including hot dogs, bacon, sausage, and lunch meats, although sometime more healthy forms of these can be found. Cordain does not allow fatty cuts of meat, including poultry skin and dark meat.


Definitely avoid the following:

  • Corn oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Rice bran oil
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Palm Oil (environmentally – worst oil)

This includes products, such as mayonnaise, which include these oils.

Oils with a better ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids are preferred.  Cordain is down on coconut and palm oils yet other researchers allow these.


Using natural flavours/herbs is best.


  • Vinegar – Lemon or lime juice is preferred over vinegar; no pickled products.
  • Yeast is not allowed

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
33486098 / 0417 643 849