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Metabolic Balance: A Holistic Approach to Transformative Weight Loss

Mar 30, 2011 08:51PM ● By Linda Sechrist

Dr. Wolf Funfack

Turn on the TV, open up a magazine, surf the Internet or listen to the radio and it is impossible to avoid seeing, reading or hearing about a new “miracle” diet that promises quick weight loss. With approximately 72.5 million obese American adults, and the Centers for Disease Control reporting that at any given time, two-thirds of all Americans are on a diet to lose weight or prevent weight gain, the weight loss industry is growing by leaps and bounds. At present, it enjoys revenues estimated at $34 billion annually.

Alarmed by similar statistics in his homeland of Germany, Wolf Funfack, M.D., founder of Metabolic Balance, decided to apply his 16 years of research into countless ineffective diet programs to create a radical approach to weight loss. His approach relies upon the wisdom of the body and of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who believed that food should be your medicine and medicine should be your food.

During Hippocrates’ lifetime, the word diet meant “way of life,” and its purpose was to heal, much like Funfack’s Metabolic Balance, which combines the promotion of health and holistic regulation of weight in a way that eliminates pills, powders, pre-packaged meals, fasting, starving, counting calories, and more importantly, guilt and regret. “If we knew exactly what we could and should eat, we could enjoy feasting while doing something good for our health and regulating our weight permanently,” says Funfack, who adds that, based upon his experience, the concept is not the least bit Utopian or unrealistic.

An internal specialist and nutritionist, Funfack worked with his research team to create a personal nutrition plan, which for the first time takes into consideration an individual’s unique metabolism. Rather than using generically applied guidelines, Metabolic Balance is a customized program—each individual is under the guidance of a trained and certified personal coach, who acts as the client’s helping hand in attaining their body’s healthiest weight, a goal accomplished by eating nutritious foods and stabilizing insulin levels. The cost of the four-phase program includes coaching, blood tests, a scientifically designed personalized food list, menu plans and recipe lists. Information from laboratory results is combined with personal information on height, weight, measurements, medications and health conditions such as diseases and allergies. The cost varies depending on individual needs and the program selected.

Due to poor eating habits and the Standard American Diet, or S.A.D., characterized by a high intake of fats, red meat and sweets, many individuals do not get the nutrients necessary for their endocrine system to maintain a healthy hormone balance and thereby, a healthy metabolism and weight.

Funfack notes that the word “metabolism” is derived from metabolë, a Greek word meaning change, and “diet” comes from the Greek diaita, “way of life.” He says the Metabolic Balance plan not only changes the body, but can transform our lifestyle and our perspective on maintaining a healthy weight. “With metabolic balance, you put your body’s organs and systems on a path of health, while you naturally burn fat and shed pounds,” he advises. “Just as Hippocrates believed and we have seen in our independent studies published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, food is nature’s medicine for your body’s overall health and ability to keep excess weight off for life.”

Dr. Funfack is hosting a three-day Metabolic Balance Coach Certificate program on April 20-22 at Emerald Plaza, 402 W. Broadway, Ste. 1000, 10th Floor, San Diego 92101. For more information, email [email protected] or call 619-894-7893. Also visit