Metabolic Balance® Q&A
by Viviane Höger
Unsure whether the Metabolic Balance® program is for you? We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that can help you decide. If the answer you're looking for is not here though, feel free to get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I get started?
First, find a qualified Metabolic Balance® coach. He or she will take along the good and tough times, so it should be someone you trust and feel completely comfortable with. Your coach will support you through each of the 4 phases in the programme. At your first appointment, your coach will take notes on your medical history and will request a blood test. Your coach will provide everything you require to do this. All blood test results and data are compiled and analyzed at the Metabolic Balance® Institute, where your personal nutrition plan will be created.
Your coach will give you a copy of your plan and will fully explain all the stages necessary for you to reach your goal. Your coach will guide and support you the whole way through the program and will always be on hand to answer your questions.
What are the steps to follow once I decide to join the program?
Step 1: the first step is a blood test. Your coach will provide you with a form that you can take to the lab, and the results will get sent directly to him/her.
Step 2: a thorough analysis of your blood panel will determine how we can best support you and your body’s unique needs.
Step 3: we engineer a food plan that is totally unique to you. This plan is designed to support and nourish your body so eating leaves you feeling satisfied and comfortably full. Your coach will then support you through any challenges you face during each phase of the process. He/she will there to cheer you on as you change your life!
Step 4: this is where you see results. Most clients report weight loss, an overall sense of wellbeing, and excitement to keep going. Food cravings and unhealthy eating habits disappear because your body is getting exactly what it needs. Most begin to feel youthful, confident, and happy once again.
This all starts with your customized Metabolic Balance® plan.
How much weight will I lose?
Average weight reduction ranges from three to six kilos per month. Success fuels a positive attitude and will keep you inspired. Old habits are replaced with new healthy ones. Your energy will increase. The body’s innate wisdom to make healthy choices will appear, once a state of balance is achieved.
How will I stay on track?
You are not alone! Metabolic Balance® recognizes that personal support is critical to overall success therefore the plan includes personal coaching and guidance. Your coach will be your guide through difficult phases. He/she will help create an easy path towards your health goals. Everyone needs support when changing outdated eating patterns.
What are the four phases of the program, and how long do they last?
There are four phases:
Phase 1 – The preparation phase – starts the detoxification process and is key in preparing your metabolism for the next stage of the programme. Phase 1 lasts for two days.
Phase 2 – The strict adjustment phase lasts for a minimum of 14 days. You will have the option to remain on this phase until you have reached your desired goal. During this phase your metabolism will slowly start to adjust and become more efficient.
Phase 3 - The relaxed adjustment phase. During this phase you can begin to bring in additional foods to your daily meal plan. With your body's new heightened sense of awareness, you should instinctively know which foods are right for you. You can also now enjoy the occasional 'treat' meal or even enjoy a glass of wine. More importantly you will learn how to have a healthy approach to these special occasions. Your coach will continue to support you and monitor your progress during this phase.
Phase 4 - The maintenance phase is the final phase. Participants can stay on this phase for the rest of their lives by following the already familiar principles. Even at this stage you will be able to remain in contact with your coach or with us via our internet forum.
Can I follow the program without a certified coach?
No. The success of Metabolic Balance® is dependent on the supervision of a qualified coach. Coaching has been shown to greatly improve your chances of success. All our coaches have the specialist knowledge and experience to help you overcome obstacles and will prove vital in reaching your goal.
I am on the move all day. Would the program work for me?
Your nutrition plan with Metabolic Balance® is extremely versatile. With the help of your coach, you can easily plan your meals in advance. Your coach will give you tips on being creative and show you how to take meals with you on busy days. In addition, you will learn how to apply the Metabolic Balance® principles when eating out at restaurants as well as at home.
Why is snacking not allowed in the program?
It is important to leave gaps between meals and to avoid snacking. Your body needs this time not only to fully digest the last meal, but also to rest and to repair. During this time the body is able to move into a ‘fat-burning’ metabolism. Eating between meals disrupts metabolism, as well as the normal fat-storage and fat-burning process.
Do I need to continue eating in the way I ate during the strict adjustment phase?
No. Once your metabolism has adjusted and you have reached your goal, you will move onto the relaxed and then the maintenance phase. You will be able to maintain your success by following most of the 8 principles you have learned. Rest assured, like most of the other participants, you will notice which foods suit you best. If at any point you find yourself relapsing, you can simply return to the strict adjustment phase to get yourself back on track again.
Do I have to eat all foods listed on my eating plan?
Yes, especially during phase two. Your personal nutrition plan is not a product of chance, but has been created using your blood values and medical history. This makes your plan as unique as your fingerprint. The selected foods support your metabolism and provide you with the nutrients that were previously lacking in your diet. Enjoy trying new foods and being creative with the foods on your plan. Your coach can help you with recipe ideas. In phases 3 and 4 you are actually encouraged to bring in new foods that were not on your food list.
Do I need to weight up all foods exactly?
Yes, especially during phase 2 where you should follow your plan to the letter. Once you have reached your goal, you can discuss how to relax the amounts with your Metabolic Balance® coach
Will I feel hungry all the time? Will the strict phase affect my energy levels?
Although you may be eating less food than before, you should still feel satisfied at the end of each meal. This is because the foods you are eating are nutrient dense, so that you are still getting all the nutrients your body needs. It is important to drink sufficient water in between meals to keep you feeling energized. If you feel tired during the first few days of strict adjustment phase, give yourself and your body time to rest, drink plenty of water and make sure you get enough sleep.
I am a strict vegan, can I still do the program?
If you, for any reason do not eat any form of animal protein (such as eggs or dairy) or you avoid soya/tofu then, unfortunately you will be unable to participate in the Metabolic Balance® programme.
Who should not participate on the program?
Pregnant women and nursing mothers can not participate in the metabolic balance® program. Patients with severe renal or hepatic insufficiency are also excluded from participation. If you are under medical treatment because of your weight, or if you are taking physician prescribed medications for an illness, you should first consult with your doctor about participation in metabolic balance®.
If weight reduction is inadvisable due to illness or trauma, your doctor should decide on your participation in metabolic balance®. In such cases always consult with your physician prior to beginning a weight loss program.
Can I still do the program if I do not wish to lose any weight and simply to improve my health?
Yes. This will be taken into consideration during the development of your plan and adjustments will be made accordingly. Simply by taking part in the programme, you will be doing something positive for your health, fitness and vitality. Please discuss your individual goals with your Metabolic Balance® coach at your first consultation.
How does the program manage lasting success with clients?
It is important to understand that Metabolic Balance® is not so much a diet, but a nutrition and lifestyle programme. Many popular diets often provide a shortage of energy, fats or carbohydrates which can result in food cravings and the so-called yo-yo effect. Metabolic Balance® works differently. Your plan is your plan. It is produced for you using your unique blood values, your metabolism and your current nutritional status and is designed to provide you with sufficient energy, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. You will learn instinctively which foods are right for you and which foods make you feel good. This means that your success is then in your hands as each individual nutrition plan offers you the blueprint for long-lasting success.
How much does it cost?
You can enquire about the cost of participating in Metabolic Balance® from your coach. The cost may vary regionally and also from coach to coach, as additional services may also be included with different coaches.
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Is Metabolic Balance® really for me?
If you’ve followed “diets or diet books” with limited success... Experienced frustrating yo-yo effects... Or that you’ve failed or are flawed. Now’s time to rebalance your body’s hormones and achieve long-term results.
Metabolic Balance® is right for you if you have:
- Dieted to lose weight in the past
- Have excess weight health issues
- A developing insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes or blood sugar imbalances
- Have frequent hunger or appetite
- Rheumatism, arthritis or gout
- High blood pressure
- Cholesterol imbalances
- Hormonal imbalances
- Skin disorders
What about data protection?
Your data is solely used for the creation of your personal nutrition plan. All client data is stored and processed by metabolic balance®, Inc in compliance with the regulations of the United States HIPAA Privacy Rule, and the German equivalent, the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Teleservices Data Protection Act. You have the right to request information, corrections, blocking and deletion of your data at any time. Please contact us via e-mail, mail or fax if you should wish to exercise this right. We do not disclose your personal information including address and e-mail address without your express consent to third parties. Such consent may be canceled at any time. Service partners, who need to receive your data in order to provide the services requested (e.g. the laboratory where the blood sample is taken), are exempt from this regulation. In this case, the volume of transmitted data is reduced to the minimum necessary. We use technical and organizational security measures in order to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss or destruction of data and against unauthorized access.