Breakfast- Pros and Cons

“Breakfast – the most important meal of the day” – has always been a controversial topic, especially since there are differing expert opinions and observational studies. On the one hand, the team “no breakfast is a no go” argues that a balanced breakfast stimulates the metabolism and provides the body with the energy it needs to start the day efficiently and focused. Furthermore, you can prevent cravings and thus avoid constant “snacking”. This is saving calories in a simple way and at the same time preparing the body for the day ahead.

On the other hand, the “omit the breakfast” side believes that it is easier to maintain your weight with no breakfast. Longer fasting breaks (intermittent fasting) should give the body and organs more time for recovering and regenerating. This can also have a positive effect on blood pressure, blood sugar and blood fat levels.

In the United States, nearly one in four adults leave the house without breakfast because they may not be hungry or because they don’t have the time.

Fast breakfast options might be the right solution here, which can be varied in a fantastic way and are also well suited to take on the go! For example, overnight oats can be prepared the night before in a jar and then eaten on the way to work. Another great option are smoothies, which can be quickly prepared.  It’s also ideal to take to the office for a late breakfast.  

Do you have breakfast? If so, let us know down below in the comments!

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Personalized Nutrition

You are unique, and your nutrition plan should be too!
Metabolic Balance has been scientifically proven as one of the most successful nutrition programs ever. One key to our success lies in the high degree of individualization. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, together with your Metabolic Balance Practitioner, we’re going to celebrate your uniqueness and create a nutrition plan that is personalized for you.

Begin your health journey today!

Empowering YOU

At Metabolic Balance, we believe in the power of education!

After decades of working with people from all walks of life, we know that education is the way to create long-lasting health changes. Once clients understand WHY the changes are necessary, and HOW to make them happen, it alters how they FEEL about healthy choices and what they want to eat every day to fuel their bodies.

Metabolic Balance coaches are passionate about:
– promoting awareness of how a naturally balanced metabolism is fundamental to regulating hormones and all bodily functions
– ensuring clients have the information they need to embrace dietary changes
– supporting emotional wellbeing as well as physical health
– passing on their knowledge so clients are empowered and have self-responsibility

So what are you waiting for? Visit our website to connect with a Metabolic Balance coach near you!

Reset Your Body

Have you often found yourself wondering “why is my health like this”? “I just don’t feel like me anymore.” “Why can’t I get well?” “My body used to work but now I just don’t get what’s going on!”

Food and lifestyle choices are now fully recognized as being intimately linked to everyday health. So whether that’s having difficulty losing weight, mood disorders, skin problems, digestive symptoms, thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, metabolic problems, hormonal issues and so on and so on, looking at your diet and understanding the foods that are right for you may be the answer you’ve been looking for. In a nutshell, Metabolic Balance is an analysis of 35 parameters from your blood test together with data on your current health and body measurements. We then create for you your perfect food list and menu plan. Health comes from eating the exact right nourishing healthy food that is perfect for you as an individual. And that’s all Metabolic Balance is…. it’s the right whole delicious foods for you. No shakes or strange concoctions! Beautiful food + perfect for you = great health and quality of life!! Metabolic Balance is not some new fad. It’s been loved around the world since 2002! It was developed by an incredible doctor and nutritionist team in Germany and is only available from certified professional practitioners. It’s loved in over 35 countries around the world by doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths and natural medicine practitioners. But most importantly it’s loved by their clients for the answers and results it gives them. So find your practitioner now! There’s never been a better time to reset your body. You can feel right again, you just need to make that decision to do it.

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No Fad Diets

No calorie counting. No shakes. No fad diets.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… There’s no one size fits all when it comes to health! Every single body is unique and requires fine tuning that most nutrition programs can’t provide. This is why personalized nutrition is essential for getting optimum results. Great health starts by knowing what foods YOU need to eat!
Together with your Metabolic Balance Practitioner, you learn your foods and create the lifestyle you need for balance, well-being and long-term health.
Our nutrition program can not only help you lose weight but help you maintain that weight loss. That is why an independent study has ranked Metabolic Balance as one of the best weight management programs. Visit our website to learn more about the Metabolic Balance difference.

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Good Resolutions

The new year is in full swing and now is a great time to check in and reflect on your resolutions and goals for the year. 

What happened to your resolutions in the new year, like eating healthier? Have you been consistent with your goals or have some things fallen aside due to the stressors of everyday life? If so, then April  is also a great month to get started again!

Think about it, why is it difficult to implement your resolution of “eating healthier”, – “paying attention to a healthy diet”, – “exercising more” . Could it be that you’re aiming too high? Can you break down your resolutions into smaller, more achievable goals?

Here are three simple tips that are easy to integrate into everyday life, they do not require too much change and bring you closer to your goal step by step:

  1. Eat three main meals a day! If every meal contains a balanced proportion of carbohydrates and protein, you can avoid cravings and snacks in between meals.
  1. Schedule a longer fasting break of 10-12 h between the evening meal and breakfast. During the fasting break, your body sustains itself from stored nutrients.  coordinate the release of fatty acids from the fatty tissue and make them available as a food source for muscle cells and organs. 
  2. Drink at least 60-64 ounces of water throughout the day! Drinking water helps the body to lose weight. While metabolizing and breaking down fat, substances are released that can be more easily excreted through the kidneys and bladder .
    If the amount of water seems to be too much at the beginning, then try to start slowly by drinking a glass of water more each day than the day before.

Metabolic Balance vs Keto

The ketogenic diet developed in the early 1900s has taken the weight loss world by storm in the past 10 years. Now you might be wondering, how does Metabolic Balance® meal plan stack up against a ketogenic diet?

Originally designed in the 1920s by Johns Hopkins Medical Center researchers, the ketogenic diet was used as a treatment for epileptic disorders, specifically GLUT1 (glucose transporter type 1) deficiency syndrome—a genetic disease that causes a glucose deficiency in the brain, which leads to cerebral seizures like epilepsy. A keto diet is low in carbohydrates, meaning the brain will use ketone bodies as an energy (fuel) source rather than glucose (blood sugar). In the absence of glucose, the body burns fat and produces ketones, which enter the brain through an independent transporter. Most people who practice the keto diet view it as a quick weight loss tool or a way to gain muscle mass. Once ketone levels in the blood increase, the body puts you in a state of ketosis—leading to quick and consistent weight loss until you reach a healthy body weight. At the core of the keto diet is the severe restriction of carbohydrates (sugar and starch). Carbohydrates are considered the number one source of energy for the body. Certain organs, especially the brain, rely on carbs for energy. However, when carbs aren’t available, like with an extremely low-carb diet (keto diet), the body converts fats into ketone bodies for its main fuel source. When you limit the body to 5% carbs (a maximum of 30g to 50g) daily, 70% to 80% fat, and 20% to 30% protein, the body then enters a fat-burning metabolic state known as ketosis. Your blood sugar levels will drop to 65mg/dl to 75mg/dl and remain constant since there is very little glucose absorption. The value will often sit between 80mg/dl to 120mg/dl. As a result, there is no longer a glucose-related release of insulin, which then prevents the breakdown of body fat in a process called lipolysis. In ketosis, body fat is used for energy and is therefore why the keto diet is used to treat obesity and increase lean muscle mass in body building.

Following the keto diet with the precise composition of your daily food intake involves a lot of discipline, and the food must be weighed to the exact gram, otherwise, there is the risk of “falling” out of ketosis. If done incorrectly or there’s a lack of discipline, you also risk falling back into carbohydrate metabolism. In other words, the body goes back to using carbs as an energy source. In addition, the low fiber in the diet can lead to diarrhea or constipation. In ketosis, a greater number of ketones are secreted through the urine, skin, or breathing. Fruity smelling odor can result when water intake is too low. In this transition phase, there may also be poor concentration.

Metabolic Balance vs. Keto
At first glance, you would think there are a number of overlaps between the Metabolic Balance® meal plan and the keto diet. Why?
• Fasting days are carried out
• There’s a five-hour break between meals
• The meals are weighed and the carbs are limited

However, at second glance, it becomes quite clear that each diet is completely different from a nutrition standpoint.

How does the Metabolic Balance® meal plan stand out from the keto diet?
• For starters, there are a significantly higher amount of carbs, which acts as a buffer to neutralize the acids from the protein in the diet.
• In addition, the fiber in the diet helps improve overall digestion.
• There are also a high number of vitamins and minerals due to the nutrient-rich vegetables in the diet, which help stimulate natural detoxification processes and relieve the digestive organs (liver, gallbladder, and intestines).

As a result, the long-term implementation of Metabolic Balance® meal plan is far more tolerable and easier to follow than the keto diet. There is also not as big of a diet change with the Metabolic Balance® diet plan when compared to the keto diet. For example, there is no ketosis with Metabolic Balance®, and the meal plan can be part of a person’s permanent lifestyle. In comparison, keto is a short-term diet, and it must be implemented gradually. There are also several side effects related to the keto diet, including difficulty sleeping, bad breath, libido loss, tiredness, constipation, and moodiness.
As mentioned, your meals with Metabolic Balance® must be carefully weighed, especially at the initial stages of the meal plan. However, if you fall off track, there are fewer critical side effects as with the ketogenic diet, which again can cause you to “drop out” of ketosis. That is why the keto diet should be followed under doctor supervision.

What else is there to love about the Metabolic Balance® meal plan?
It can be described by its variety and versatility since you can gradually add other foods from all food groups into your daily routine.

Overall not only is the Metabolic Balance plan more practical and it tastes better, but it will also be easier for you to maintain as you experience the long-term weight loss you desire.

Adapted from Metabolic Balance Canada

Write Your Success Story

Many of our clients at Metabolic Balance not only lose weight and observe changes in their body but they also feel better in other areas of their life. One client writes,
“There are so many things that have changed. Weight and dress size of course, but also lifestyle, enjoyment of exercise, better sleep, awareness of healthy living.”

Do you also want to feel so wonderful? Then get in touch with us and write your own Metabolic Balance success story!

Working From Home

The pandemic has fundamentally changed how and where many of us work. Many people either now work from home or work from home far more than they did before the pandemic. Although working from home has many advantages, it can also be challenging especially when it comes to diet and nutrition. It can lead to some not ideal habits such as eating at your desk or grabbing multiple snacks in between meals. At Metabolic Balance, as part of our nutrition coaching we encourage clients to try out new healthy habits. One example, is enjoying your lunch break away from your desk. This can lead you to be more mindful during your meal and concentrate on the smells, textures, and flavors of your food. This is known to help improve your digestion and satiety. By taking a break, you also increase your chances of being productive and getting a lot more done in the afternoon!

Here at Metabolic Balance, we support your metabolism with real food and expert advice, and we also encourage our clients to have a work and life balance. If you are looking to adapt healthier habits and lifestyle, reach out to one of our great coaches today!



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Never Give Up

“Never give up what you want just because it’s not easy. “
Albert Einstein

“What can I say. . . thanks to Metabolic Balance I have lost 175 lbs! I can clearly feel the increase in my quality of life through more activity. ” -Isabella M. , 36 years old

No matter if you want to lose only 17 or 175 lbs – Metabolic Balance helps you to achieve your personal goal with ease!