Rebalancing to be Your Ideal Weight

Don’t wait until the new year. If you have been on the metabolic balance plan for a year and have more weight to lose or have stopped following the plan and want to start your journey again, now is the time to start rebalancing.  

Rebalancing

What does it mean to rebalance?  Rebalancing means going back to phase 1 & 2 of the plan so that you can reset your body and get back on track.  (If you have been off the program for awhile, we suggest you get a new plan from your metabolic balance coach.)

Many clients have a hard time realizing they have gained weight or, that they have strayed too far from their metabolic balance plan.  If you are a metabolic balancer and,

-Your clothes or rings getting tighter;

-You have less energy;

-There a reduction in your well-being;

-You reached your alarm weight*;

A rebalancing should be done with the assistance of your coach.  Because the focus of the metabolic balance plan is to help you have a healthy lifestyle, a rebalancing should be done no more than once a year.   If you find that you need to do a rebalancing several times in a short period of time, you may have diet issues that need to be addressed by your coach. 

If you would like to read more about the metabolic balance plan, please check out our posts for phase ½, phase 3, and phase 4.

*Alarm weight.  Sylvia Egel uses an alarm weight with her clients as a warning that something is wrong.  If a client reaches their alarm weight, they need to do a rebalancing to get things back on track.

Before rebalancing:

  • Let your coach know that you are rebalancing and discuss with your coach the challenges you faced or are facing with eating the metabolic balance way.
  • If it has been several years since you received your initial plan, ask your coach for an updated plan based on a new blood test to gauge your current health and nutritional status. (There is a charge for a new plan based on a new blood test.)
  • Prepare your kitchen/home for phase 1 and 2.  Eliminate any foods from your house which will derail you during those first few weeks.
  • Lighten your schedule and try to keep the stress down while you are making this healthy change to your body and your lifestyle.

Additional Posts on Rebalancing:

4 tips for rebalancing

Rebalancing tips from metabolic balance Germany

 

8 Tips to Help You on Your metabolic balance Journey

Do you want to be healthier and more balanced during 2016?  I do.  Here are a 8 tips to help you on your metabolic balance journey:

  1. Don’t skip your meals.  metabolic balance asks you to eat three meals a day.  Don’t miss a meal!  Eating on a regular schedule will help you avoid overeating during a meal.
  2. Be relaxed when you eat.   We’ve talked about being mindful and now is the perfect time to focus on being present and within the moment while you are eating.  By focusing on your food, you will remember what you put into your mouth and will avoid overeating by “accident.”
  3. Don’t tell people you are on a diet.  metabolic balance is not a diet, it is a way of life.  Tell people you are adding healthier habits to your lifestyle to improve your health and your metabolism.  Deciding to follow the metabolic balance plan is a lifestyle choice not just a diet choice.
  4. It takes time for your body to get used to your metabolic balance portions so weigh your food and take a photo of your meal. The photo helps document the actual portion size.  Our brains like to play tricks on us so what your eyes see may not be what is actually there.  Once you get used to “seeing” your portion sizes you can start trusting yourself and your body to know the right amount of food to eat and stay on plan.
  5. Keep your kitchen clean.  Throw out or donate foods that may tempt you away from your metabolic balance plan.  The kitchen must be a positive energy space not a space that causes stress so reduce the stress by removing the tempting foods.
  6. Create a plan for cooking meals. Plan what you are going to eat during the week. Planning will make it impossible for you to run out of healthy foods.  If you don’t know how to cook, plan into your schedule a time to watch cooking tutorials or take a cooking class or schedule a visit from your foodie friends who know how to cook.
  7. Go to Sleep.  Your body needs time to process the changes you are making and build your immune system.  The body repairs itself at night so go to bed and get a good night’s rest.
  8. Review your metabolic balance Rules. Are you following them?  Why not?  If you don’t know why, ask your metabolic balance coach for help!

NOTE:

You still have time to join us on Dietbet. We will be doing Dietbets for the next few months.  Here is a link to the most current game.  Search for the Games under the name “Win by Losing” You can also search for me, metabolic balance 1.  I’m blogging on dietbet about my rebalancing. Just search for metabolic balance and my posts should show up!

Photo of paper by Liz West

 

Rebalancing is a part of metabolic Balance

Every few months, we talk about rebalancing because it is an important part of metabolic balance.   Over the year, life can get hectic and your positive and healthy habits may be pushed aside by older and more ingrained one that still have a grip on you.

Here are five tips from metabolic balance Germany who first share the tips with us when they rebalanced as a group (the whole German office!)

  • If during the strict phase you are freezing while eating cold vegetables, warm them up!  Eat steamed vegetables or make a vegetable soup.  (Just avoid oil in this phase)
  • If you have bread left, you don’t have to eat it!  The less bread the better.  If you are allowed three pieces of bread a day but you only eat two pieces, don’t worry!
  • Don’t drink anything but water between meals.  Really, anything else may start the digestive process so it is better to stick with cold or hot water.
  • If you get sick while on the strict phase of the plan, stop and take care of yourself.  You can start over again once you are feeling better.
  • Temptation is everywhere but everybody can avoid temptation for two weeks. It isn’t that bad to say no for two weeks.

If you are looking for more tips, don’t forget to read yesterday’s post about rebalancing!

 

photo by Julien Belli

Rebalancing During the Holiday Season

Not everyone wants to wait for the new year to get back on track with metabolic balance.  If you overdid it on Thanksgiving and you want to start rebalancing, let your coach know!

Here are a six tips for rebalancing:

  1. Don’t tell anyone.  This is the holiday season and many people will not understand why you are “sacrificing” on food.  You do not need to waste energy explaining. Most people will not notice that you are not snacking or eating their holiday cookies.  If they do notice, just say that you’re working on eating mindfully and change the topic to mindful living.  If you need a refresher about mindful living, visit our posts about living a mindful life on metabolic balance.
  2. Clean out your kitchen of any foods not on your plan and donate them to a food kitchen. Do not eat them. If they belong to your family members, put them in tupperware on a lower shelf so that they are not in your face when you open the cabinet.
  3. Plan your menu for the next two weeks.  Keep life simple.  Create soups like Zucchini Basil Soup and Turkey Pho Soup or make a cauliflower pizza crust and avoid recipes with lots of ingredients or long preparation times and oil.
  4. Figure out how you are going to drink your water.  Buy a special water bottle and a filter system if tap water doesn’t taste good to you. Do not add flavouring to your water.
  5. Get plenty of sleep.  You are taking care of your body during a rebalancing and your body needs time to fix itself.  Sleep is the time when your body builds up the immune system and gets everything back on track.
  6. Do you have a smartphone?  Download a silly game to play when you have the urge to snack on something.  There is a no snacking rule with metabolic balance but your brain does not understand this.  The impulse is there and you need to work your way through it and offer yourself an alternative that is easy to implement.