Interview with Pia Funfack

With Metabolic Balance, no one is on their own with their nutrition plan. The heart of our program is the intensive support of the participants our certified coaches. Our coaching services are as unique and varied as our nutrition plans themselves. Today we introduce you to one of our colleagues: Pia Funfack is not only the daughter of the company founders, but has been a successful coach for many years.

Metabolic Balance: Hi Pia, especially at the beginning of the year many people want to lose weight, eat better, simply live healthier. What do you recommend?
Pia: The most important thing in order to lose weight safely and permanently, to feel fit and active and to live healthily is food and that in sufficient quantity. So we should not eat too much, but in no case too little, either. In this way, we provide our metabolism and body with all the important building blocks to be able to master all the processes physiologically necessary. Which diet is right for the individual depends, of course, on the person, lifestyle, nutritional goals and much more. People who have a sedentary work and little exercise in their daily lives should be limiting quickly available and short-chain carbohydrates, such as those found in white flour products, sweets, rice or potatoes, and consume long-chain carbohydrates in the form of vegetables and whole-grain rye products. This means simply omitting or reducing the satiating side dish – for example, not eating all the rice at the Asian restaurant, two dumplings or a plate full of mac and cheese at a restaurant, but rather focus on the protein and vegetables first. A meal should always consist of a portion of protein and long-chain carbohydrates such as vegetables and/or salad, as well as be enriched with high-quality oils that contain a lot of omega 3 and omega 6, and thus provide essential fatty acids. If needed, whole-grain rye bread can serve as a filling side dish. Those who don’t want to replace wheat pasta, rice, etc., should at least reduce the amount and consume only little of it. Endurance athletes or people who are a lot on the move are welcome to eat a bit more of the satiating side dish, as they really need the energy from quickly available carbohydrates. It is also important to be mindful and pay attention to personal feelings of hunger and satiety. Often, we eat not because we are physiologically hungry, that is, the body really needs food, but for various other reasons. Often, when we feel hungry, it is enough to drink something instead of eating. We should also ask ourselves where the hunger or appetite comes from. In many cases, one of our senses has been addressed, which then triggers feelings of hunger. Thus, it can happen that only the sight or smell of a food causes a feeling of hunger to arise in us, although we are actually full. In addition to appealing to the senses, various emotions such as stress, loneliness, sadness or boredom can also trigger hunger and cravings. Eating mindfully and paying attention to where hunger comes from can cut down on some unnecessary snacks. The important thing is to consciously decide for or against something and not eat and snack completely without rhyme or reason, just because something is available at that moment. In addition to eating consciously, it is also a good idea to set a goal for your own nutrition. There are various methods of achieving goals, such as the “SMART” principle or, my favorite, the “WOOP” method. If I have a goal in mind, analyzing the way to reach it exactly and setting myself certain milestones, uncovering obstacles on the home stretch and developing strategies to master them, the implementation of a plan usually succeeds best. With all plans and projects, however, one thing should not be forgotten: You should not stress yourself too much and try to treat yourself well. This works especially well with a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, because you can stop worrying so much about food. You automatically give your body everything it needs by simply sticking to what the plan tells you to do. Healthy eating has never been so easy!

Metabolic Balance: What distinguishes Metabolic Balance from other nutrition
programs?

Pia: Metabolic Balance differs from other nutrition programs in many ways. We are the only nutrition program that creates an individual nutrition plan for each participant based on 36 blood values as well as the participant’s medical history. Another difference is that Metabolic Balance, contrary to the opinion of many people, does not completely exclude any nutrient group from the diet, as it is the case with strict low-carb diets that completely eliminate starchy carbohydrates from the diet. With Metabolic Balance, the macronutrients fat, carbohydrates and proteins are offered at each meal in the optimal proportion for the respective participant. This ensures that everyone receives the appropriate amounts for themselves and can thus achieve the health goal as well as the desired weight loss without renouncing or feeling hungry.
In the long term, Metabolic Balance helps participants leave old unhealthy eating patterns behind and return to their inner signals, to intuitive eating behavior. They know exactly what is good for them, because they can feel the signals of the body again and interpret them correctly. Another success factor in which Metabolic Balance differs from other nutrition programs is, in addition to the individual nutrition plans, the personal and individual coaching. Each participant has his or her own personal Metabolic Balance coach, who provides advice and support and accompanies the participants in a motivating manner until they reach their goal.

Metabolic Balance: Can you tell us more about the importance of coaching?
Pia: Coaching is very important for many reasons. First of all, of course, to familiarize the participants with the process and background of the Metabolic Balance program. In the course of the coaching sessions, participants are shown what really matters in a balanced and healthy diet, so that they can achieve and maintain their feel-good weight and health goals in the long term, even without food plans. Of course, it is also important to motivate the participants during the dietary change. In addition to nutritional knowledge, mental issues are also addressed in coaching. Participants are thus helped to identify their very personal “stumbling blocks” on the home stretch to their desired weight or increased well-being and to develop solutions to avoid them in the future. The fun of healthy eating is always in the foreground.

Metabolic Balance: Thank you, dear Pia, for this first insight into our nutrition concept. We look forward to many more participants, whom you and your team will successfully accompany to their goal.

Natural Healing

Metabolic Balance was founded in 2002 by Dr. Wolf Funfack and ever since then the Metabolic Balance program has continuously been developed and optimized. This program promotes the natural healing of nutritional diseases through whole and unprocessed foods. Nutritional diseases including metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, are far too prevalent in our society but are all treatable or even reversible. In addition to improving your health this program can also help you reach a natural and sustainable weight. Are you interested in incorporating Metabolic Balance into your practice? Visit us today and we will help you get started!

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Breakfast

Many of us know the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is a good reason behind this saying. A balanced meal helps ensure that your body has all of the energy it needs to function throughout a long day. Additionally a balanced meal will prevent cravings and from overeating at later meals during the day. With our Metabolic Balance meal plan, we make sure to provide you with nutritious breakfast options that will give you the right amount of proteins, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates to keep you energized and fueled.

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Bring Yourself Into the Spotlight!

This year has been challenging and filled with stress for all of us! In the chaos of it all, it can be easy to forget about self-care and making the time to focus on yourself. As we approach the end of the year, it is time to put yourself back in the spotlight! Take a few moments to take inventory of where you are in terms of health, wellness, and happiness. If you want to hit the reset button with nutrition and find a balanced way of eating then consider Metabolic Balance! When you receive your personalized nutrition plan as well as guidance from your coach, you will be on your way to reaching a place of wellness and optimum health. This can be your way of putting yourself back in the spotlight!

To learn more visit: https://www.metabolic-balance.us/

Sugar and Cholesterol

Did you know that sugar can raise cholesterol?
We often think of saturated fat as the main reasons for elevated cholesterol but actually sugar can also play a crucial role.

When we eat sugar (including fruit, ‘natural’ sugars such as honey and maple syrup, and refined carbohydrates) any excess is stored in the liver. Here, it is converted into fat molecules including VLDL cholesterol. This VLDL is then carried around the body, where it can cause plaques in arteries. This in contrast to HDL which absorbs cholesterol and carries it from the tissues back to the liver.

Metabolic Balance® is a personalized nutrition plan which limits sugars of all types. Using results from your blood test and health history, we provide you with a customized food list for your body. Find out more about how Metabolic Balance can help achieve your health goals !

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Personalized Nutrition

Do you know which foods make your body happy and healthy? At Metabolic Balance we combine results from a blood test along with your health history to craft a nutrition plan optimized to your metabolism and body. Are you ready to feel the best you have ever felt? Get in touch with one of our certified coaches to get started. What are you waiting for?

Energy Rollercoaster

Do you ever feel like you’re on a rollercoaster with energy highs and lows? Periods where you have all the energy in the world but then crash where it feels like you don’t want to get off the couch. This is a common complaint amongst people with metabolic issues. It’s caused by changes in your blood sugar levels. Blood sugar highs after reaching for that quick sugary snack, followed by a rapid blood sugar drop leaving you feeling exhausted, cranky and hungry. Metabolic Balance® is a personalized nutrition plan to get you off that rollercoaster! By resetting your body with nourishing, whole foods chosen especially for you, your metabolism is balanced throughout the day. That feeling of reaching for sugary snacks or regular caffeine simply disappears, and you have a steady energy supply to enjoy your day. Get in touch to see if a Metabolic Balance® coach could help you achieve your health goals with your own unique plan.

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Take Charge

Take charge and commit to a healthier future today!

Metabolic Balance is a long-term lifestyle change to optimize your health by providing you with knowledge and support. Each plan is unique (we’ve made over 1 million of them globally!) as it is tailored to your metabolism and health history. Your plan will allow you to explore foods are optimal for you (some new, some familiar) and which ones you should avoid. You won’t be alone, as your certified health professional will coach you every step of the way. In addition online communities of other clients will give you a community to share your experiences with and get advice.

Take charge today and get in touch to see how Metabolic Balance® can help you.

An Apple A Day

We have often heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are nutrient-rich, known to lower uric acid as well as cholesterol. Especially older varieties of apples are rich in polyphenols, which counteract free radicals. Meaning, the naturally occurring flavonoids (phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables) carry out antioxidant action. Therefore, Metabolic Balance applies these impressive health benefits – we eat one apple a day – that’s one of our strategies of success. At Metabolic Balance we help people re-balance their metabolism and health. If you do not have a plan yet, get in contact with us – or one of our certified coaches. We are looking forward hearing from you!

Metabolic Balance works

How does Metabolic Balance compare to other weight loss programs?

Answer: The Metabolic Balance® study from 2010 demonstrated that our method is scientifically proven to meet the highest criteria for effectiveness! The Metabolic Balance study showed that: 62% of participants lost 5% of their total weight AND kept it off for over a year! How could a Metabolic Balance® plan help you reach your health goals?

To learn more visit our website and reach out to one of our qualified coaches!

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