10 Great Reads to Kick-Start a Healthy 2015

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Welcome 2015!

Happy New Year!

I’ve picked our most relevant articles to help you start 2015 on a high note. Check them out while you’re relaxing or taking a break and get all the reading you need to feel better today.

Happy reading!

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  • Diane Corriette

    Reply Reply January 4, 2015

    Thanks for the informative list Alex.

    You don’t have to allow this comment. I just wanted to ask you a question and wasn’t sure how else to do it!

    I wondered if you have written anything on the subject of losing the first few pounds in weight loss.

    I have heard people say that when you lose your first few pounds in a week (e.g. 6 or 7 lbs) that it is all water – or at least mostly water and therefore negligible.

    Is that true do you know? Have you written on anything like this or similar on the blog? Would love to know for sure if that is true or not.

    I know the first week of most weight loss programs can result in fast weight loss but is it true that its mostly water?

    Thanks in advance for your help / answer.


    • admin

      Reply Reply January 4, 2015

      Hi Diane – great questions, I’ll pass them onto Alex. Happy New Year! Maria

      • Diane

        Reply Reply January 4, 2015

        Thanks Maria :)

        • Alex

          Reply Reply January 5, 2015

          Diane – Hundreds of variables can affect water levels in your body, to name a few: electrolytes, activity levels, training type/volume/length/frequency, sleep, stress, glycogen storage in muscles (e.g a low-carb/ketogenic diet would deplete this together with the accompanying water, 3 grams of water per gram of glycogen), allergens or pro-inflammatory foods in the diet (when eliminating those you’re sensitive to may cause water losses), etc. Also, the water:fat loss ratio depends on the actual programme being followed as well as the individual’s current state of health (hormones, body composition, activity type, food sensitivities, stress levels, etc.). Fat loss can occur as a result of numerous factors, such as negative energy balance, hormones (e.g. irisin from cold exposure or exercise), metabolic profile, training, types of foods eaten, eating times, amount of sleep, hydration levels, epi-genetic adaptations, etc. That’s why it’s important to look at the full picture and it’s best to work with a specialist who can measure and regularly monitor the person’s lean/fat mass, which we teach in our Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner course. Everyone is different (also at different points in their lives) so one should look at this on a case by case basis. That’s the added value of working with a practitioner, someone who can look at the unique situation of an individual without generalising :-)

          • Laura

            Reply Reply January 6, 2015

            Good Q Diane and thanks for your expertise Alex. I am completing my Advanced Clinical Weight Loss certification and have been monitoring 4 practice clients (my mom, sis, bro and best friend) using the body comp methods from my course and definitely noticed a remarkable fat mass change, and yes some bloat gone too, mainly week 1. From what Alex says i can also see differences amongst my 4 experimental clients. My bro lost the most fat given he is the one who sleeps the most and does weight training 4x week. I built different plans for each of them and will continue with my observations but can also say that rapid losses had a positive impact on motivation. I am half way through my certification and loving every minute, thank you Alex and team for helping me help others in such a proficient way

            • Diane

              Reply Reply January 6, 2015

              Thanks Alex
              Appreciate the reply. So next time someone says its just water I guess I know what to say!
              I am not doing the Advanced course but did sign up for the detoxification.
              Food addiction and detoxification are my two favourite topics :-)

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