What is Metabolic Balance® and how will it benefit my practice?
The Metabolic Balance® program is a personalised program that devises a food list from an individual’s blood results, health goals, medical history, current medication, body measurements and food preferences.
In 2014-2015, a staggering 63.4% of Australian adults were overweight or obese -- well over half of our nation's population. That's almost two in three adults. Compare this to 1995, when it was 56.3%...it’s clear to see the problem is getting worse.
Metabolic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, cancer, dementia, hypertension, dyslipidaemia…are all increasing in our society with an increasing recognition of the role nutrition and lifestyle choices play in their aetiology.
Devising personalised meal plans and food list is a genuinely complex and time-consuming task for practitioners. By introducing Metabolic Balance® to your practice you have access to a scientifically validated method trusted by practitioners around the world to help resolve and improve metabolic conditions. You are able to easily and quickly provide your clients with a individualised and effective food only program so they get excellent results and you are able to sustain a successful natural health practice.
What is the scientific basis behind Metabolic Balance®?
Metabolic Balance® was devised by Dr.med Wolf Funfack following over 20 years of research in Germany. The Metabolic Balance® software program is based on the German national food database which is then tailored to each individual country.
The principles of Metabolic Balance® were developed based on the findings of medical research studies, personal research, and Dr Funfack’s clinical experience. This complex program gets continually refined and adjusted to reflect current developments in nutritional science.
Today Metabolic Balance® is widespread. It is well-known throughout Germany and is now available from professional practitioners in over 30 countries around the world. The basic concept of individuality has not changed since its original creation. That individuality covers the nutrition plans, the personal supervision, and the joy the participants experience when the success of Metabolic Balance® begins to work on them.
There are numerous books (in English and German) outlining the program and a 2010 research paper.
- Metabolic Balance® – Nutrition basics: Introduction to the success program by Dr.med Wolf Funfack available on Amazon
- Metabolic Balance®: Your Personalized Nutrition Roadmap by Dr.med Wolf Funfack available on Amazon
- Meffert C, Gerdes N (2010) Program adherence and effectiveness of a commercial nutrition program: the metabolic balance study. J Nutr Metab. 2010;2010:197656. doi: 10.1155/2010/197656. Epub 2010 Dec 21. Available on Pubmed.
Who can be a Metabolic Balance® practitioner?
Metabolic Balance® is a strictly practitioner only program in Australia and New Zealand.
All practitioners must have a minimum of an advanced diploma or preferably a degree in Naturopathy or Nutritional Medicine. Other medical and natural therapy qualifications may be considered as appropriate and would be assessed on an individual basis.
All practitioners must have appropriate association membership and indemnity insurance.
How do I generate a Metabolic Balance® personalised menu plan and food list for my clients?
As a Metabolic Balance® practitioner, you have access to the online portal to generate the personalised menu plan and food list for your clients.
There is no software needed to be installed, managed or backed-up on your laptop. You simply need access to the internet.
How does a client enrol in Metabolic Balance®?
Metabolic Balance® is exclusively available as a 3-month package from a certified practitioner. The package includes the personalised food plan and 7 coaching consultations as a minimum. Depending on how much weight needs to be released or the health goal of the client, this support period can be extended as needed.
Metabolic Balance® has a worldwide reputation that means clients regularly seek out and contact their nearest practitioner to access the program.
How do my clients access the blood tests that are used to generate the Metabolic Balance® personalised plan?
Each Metabolic Balance® practitioner has an account with the pathology lab and collection service in their area affiliated with Metabolic Balance®. This also provides access to the agreed rates for other nutritionally important pathology tests which are valuable for clients.
Metabolic Balance® requires 35 blood parameters for generating the plan. The tests required are
- Full Blood Count
- C-reactive protein
- Creatinine Kinase
- Iron studies
- Thyroid Function Tests
What types of food are on the plan?
It is a completely whole food program with no processed foods included. Clients receive a detailed list of their ideal protein sources, vegetables, and fruit. If a food is listed on their plan they can eat it, if it is not listed they can’t.
It is very easy for a client to follow given the right motivation and support. Clients must be willing to eat whole food only (fresh vegetables, fruit and good sources of whole protein) with no gimmicks or meal replacement products.
It requires commitment but once on the program, clients report that it's easy to follow and means they don't have to think at all about what is or isn’t healthy for them. The quick results also ensure ongoing commitment.
There are no products/supplements associated with Metabolic Balance® at all. It’s simply a highly personalised food list and menu plan.
How soon do clients see results?
Results for clients are dependent on adherence to the program and effective coaching and guidance from their personal Metabolic Balance® practitioner. There are no guarantees however individuals typically experience improvements in their health within the first week of commencing the program.
It is an extremely effective way to restore metabolic health and lose weight. The program simply allows the body to get into balance and release weight naturally.
Is Metabolic Balance® solely for weight loss?
Metabolic Balance® is a holistic wellbeing program that naturally restores overall balance to the body. It may be beneficial in improving metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular health, hormone balance, skin health and mental health problems. Weight loss naturally results from improved overall balance and health.
What equipment do I need to introduce Metabolic Balance® to my practice?
There is no expensive equipment or set up costs beyond a good set of scales, a tape measure, access to the internet and a printer to print off your client’s plans.
As a Metabolic Balance® practitioner, can I run group sessions?
Metabolic Balance® may be offered in personalised one-on-one sessions or in a group setting by a certified practitioner.
What ongoing support is available for practitioners following the initial training?
As a Metabolic Balance® practitioner in Australia and New Zealand, you have 12 month’s ongoing mentoring to ensure you are completely confident in offering Metabolic Balance® in your practice.
This mentoring includes
- Access to the Metabolic Balance® AU&NZ practitioner support online forum
- Access to 12 monthly live webinars for ongoing learning via case studies; marketing support; coaching (NLP training) support; problem brainstorming; guest speakers; latest research and theory updates to support practitioners on implementing the program in their practice.
Further support is provided by access to ready-to-use marketing material including pull-up banners, posters, client leaflets and powerpoint presentations to educate and attract new clients.