FAQ

Questions:

Before starting:
Does health insurance cover the costs of Metabolic Balance?
I'm breast feeding or pregnant: Can I do Metabolic Balance?
I'm vegetarian / vegan: Can I do Metabolic Balance?
Can children also do Metabolic Balance?
Is there a yo-yo effect with Metabolic Balance?
Do I have to eat like this for a lifetime?
How much and how fast will I lose weight with Metabolic Balance?
Where can I get the blood sampling done for Metabolic Balance?
Where and how exactly should I measure my waist, hips and thighs?
Is it possible to target weight loss on particular regions of the body such as the stomach or other problem areas with Metabolic Balance? (in German)

During the programme:
What about Metabolic Balance and sport?
What is suitable for colon cleansing (preparation phase)?
I never usually have breakfast - can I omit having breakfast on the programme?
What do I do when I’m hungry? (in German)
How should I handle this when I'm on vacation (hotel?), or have to eat out a lot?
Where can I find Metabolic Balance recipes?
Where can I get the wholemeal rye bread or wholemeal rye crispbreads?
What are the Metabolic Balance protein groups?
What do I have to consider if I want to exchange meal suggestions?
What kind of broth (bouillon) should I use?
What kinds of tea are allowed?
What spices can I use?
Is there a type of salt that is particularly recommended?
What can I use as salad sauce?
Which fat / oil is recommended for which purpose?
Is carbonated mineral water allowed?
Is chewing gum allowed?
Why are old apple varieties "better" than the "new" ones? (in German)
8 Metabolic Balance rules: I do not understand the meaning and purpose of certain rules. (in German)
What should you do if you have a headache, bloating, dry skin, hair loss or feel very cold? (in German)
Metabolic Balance in everyday life: Tips & Tricks (in German)
What are the right quantities for legumes, frozen foods or canned food?
Can I also use frozen foods? If so, in what quantities?
Can I eat dried fruit instead of fresh fruit or vice versa?

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Does health insurance cover the costs of Metabolic Balance?

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Some additional insurance packages ('Zusatzversicherung') will participate in the cost of Metabolic Balance. Here you will find an indicative compilation of the largest health insurance companies in Switzerland. Please clarify in advance with your health insurance company, the extent to which they will participate in the cost.

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I'm breast feeding or pregnant: Can I do Metabolic Balance?

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No. Unfortunately, Metabolic Balance nutritional plans are not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. The programme can only be started after weaning.

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I'm vegetarian / vegan: Can I do Metabolic Balance?

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If you eat animal protein (eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.) that's no problem at all. Unfortunately, a Metabolic Balance nutritional plan cannot be created for vegans.

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Can children also do Metabolic Balance?

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Yes, minimum age is 8 years.

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Is there a yo-yo effect with Metabolic Balance?

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Metabolic Balance is attaches great importance to avoiding the yo-yo effect. We do this by:

  • making your metabolism work optimally. This is the prerequisite for optimally burning energy.
  • favouring a high-protein diet with a low glycemic load (GL) which helps prevent the yo-yo effect.
  • getting you used to the "time afterwards" early on in the programme. This is done by carefully adding "new" food carbohydrates and seeing how it affects your body. If necessary, this can be reversed again.
  • keeping to a few simple and practicable rules even after reaching your target weight.

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Do I have to eat like this for a lifetime?

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No. Basically, everything is allowed again, it's just a matter of quantity, or how often you should eat certain foods. The idea of ​​Metabolic Balance is that you learn and, above all, also find out what is good for you and what is not. Equipped with a few basic rules and strategies that you can learn from us, you should be able to more or less maintain your desired weight in the future and avoid a yo-yo effect.

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How much and how fast will I lose weight with Metabolic Balance?

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This depends on gender, age, degree of excess weight, etc. and is extremely difficult to predict. Men (comparable to other parameters) often lose weight faster than women. You can expect to lose 1-2 kg per week. At the beginning this can be more, and as you approach the target weight, less. The speed is not the most important thing, rather that the kilos constantly tumble and that the end result is sustainable.

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Where can I get the blood sampling done for Metabolic Balance?

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Normally, during opening hours, you can visit a medical lab and get a blood sample taken without making an appointment. Alternatively, you can have your sample taken by your GP, if they agree. In this case, take the blood analysis form with you. We need ALL of the blood values. We recommend having the blood analysis done in a laboratory, which is easier and faster. Please do not eat 12 hours before (only pure water allowed). Please do not forget to mention that you need the blood values ​​for Metabolic Balance and that they should be faxed directly to us: (metabolic4you / Naturheilpraxis Claudia Gehrig) 044 500 49 03.

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Where and how exactly should I measure my waist, hips and thighs?

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It is best to measure with a measuring tape. If you do not have one, you can also use some string and then measure it with a rule. The measurements are required to calculate the Waist Hip Ratio (WHR), and to see your progress independent of weight.

Waist: Please measure the circumference exactly at navel height.
Hips: The circumference is measured around the hips and buttocks where the circumference is greatest.
Thighs: Please measure where the thighs have the largest circumference.

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What about Metabolic Balance and sport?

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More exercise and sport is generally a positive thing and should be maintained, or if you do too little, increased. Sport is also good, after you reach your target weight (Phase 4), for controlling and maintaining your weight.

Too much physical exercise can negatively impact your stamina. The magic words here are "with measure“. Participate in exercise gently, particularly in the first 2 weeks, when your body also has to adapt to a changed diet.

A combination of strength and endurance training would be ideal. If you have to choose one of them (for reasons of time, for example), then more strength training. Strength training builds muscle, more muscle also means a higher metabolic rate, i.e. you will burn more energy, even when your body is at rest. Last but not least: choose something that you enjoy too!

--> More exciting background information about Metabolic Balance and sport (in German).

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What is suitable for colon cleansing (preparation phase)?

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Magnesium sulphate, Glauber's salt, Epsom salts, enema or colon hydro-therapy.
For colon cleansing, on both the preparation days, we recommend you take 3 tsp of Epsom salt (or Glauber’s salt or magnesium sulphate) dissolved in cold water before breakfast (on an empty stomach). You can also add a few drops of lemon juice to the water to relieve the bitter taste. If the effect is too strong on the first day, just take one tsp less on the following day. Easily available in every drugstore or pharmacy.

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I never usually have breakfast - can I omit having breakfast on the programme?

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No. The amounts of food in Metabolic Balance are calculated on the basis that you eat 3 meals per day. A healthy and balanced diet includes a good breakfast.

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What do I do when I’m hungry?

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Tips, tricks and background information on the topic of hunger in our blog article: I'm hungry ...: What can I do about it? (in German)

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How should I handle this when I'm on vacation (hotel?), or have to eat out a lot?

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Generally, everything is a matter of organisation and it is much more feasible than you might expect at first glance.

Phase 2 without oil: If you are in Phase 2 without oil, it is admittedly a little more difficult, but many hotels / restaurants will prepare food according to your specifications, if you ask when ordering.

Phase 2 with oil, phase 3: If you can serve yourself, many cafeterias (work places and supermarkets e.g. Migros, Coop, etc.) offer self-service options, just try to take the amounts / portions of food you have become accustomed to.

"Fitness servings" or "Fitnessteller" are always a good idea and come very close to a metabolic meal. A good portion of protein (meat, poultry, etc.) with lots of vegetables / salad (without fatty cream sauces but perhaps with an oil/balsamic dressing for the salad).

Preparing food at home and taking it with you: A salad with chickpeas, for example, can be quickly prepared and transported easily in a food storage container.

If you are served a set menu that you were not able to select, simply leave the unwanted side dishes (e.g. rice) or sauces (i.e. scrap off the cream sauce). Before and after the meal, drink a lot of water and if necessary omit the additional bread / fruit on this day.

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Where can I find Metabolic Balance recipes?

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We have put the most important resources for Metabolic Balance recipes together here.

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Where can I get the wholemeal rye bread or wholemeal rye crispbreads?

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It is important that the bread or crisp bread consists of 100% rye flour, i.e. that it is not mixed with wheat flour.

Why bread or crisp breads made from rye flour? Rye flour has a low glycemic load and, in comparison to white bread, keeps you feeling fuller for longer.

A slice of wholegrain rye bread (25g) is equivalent to about one slice of rye crispbread (10g).

Wholegrain ryebread:
Available in health food shops, at the market, Coop, Migros / Alnatura or bake yourself - that tastes best!

roggenbrot coop

Source: Coop

Roggen Vollkorn Brot Migros/Alnatura

Source: Migros/Alnatura

Wholegrain rye crispbreads:

roggenknäckebrot-finn-crisp

Source: Coop

wasa-roggen-vollkorn-knäckebrot

Source: Migros, erhältlich: Coop/Migros

roggen-vollkorn-knäckebrot

Source: Lidl

Pumpernickel:

pumpernickel alnatura

Source: Migros/Alnatura

pumpernickel coop

Source: Coop

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What are the Metabolic Balance protein groups?

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Metabolic Balance divides proteins into the following protein groups: Metabolic Balance protein groups (in German). It is important that only one food product from a protein group is eaten in one day, i.e. eating natural yoghurt (protein group - cow’s milk products) for breakfast and cheese from cow's milk in the evening is not allowed.

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What do I have to consider if I want to exchange meal suggestions?

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  • Lunch -> Dinner: + 10 g
  • Dinner -> Lunch: - 10 g

Please note: Breakfast must not be exchanged with other meals!

Example:
Lunch: 130g of poultry, 135g of vegetables in the evening looks like this:
Dinner: 140g poultry, 145g vegetables

Dinner: 95g of cheese, 135g of vegetables at lunch time looks like:
Lunch: 85g cheese, 125g vegetables

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What kind of broth (bouillon) should I use?

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It is important that you use a bouillon that contains no additional fat, flavour enhancer (monosodium glutamate) or e-substances. We recommend Nullkommanull bio vegetable broth (10% discount with code: metabolic4you), Demeter Sekowa vegetable broth powder, Morga no-fat vegetable broth, Morga vegetable Himalayan salt broth, or Morga soya cubes - all available at health food shops or online.

sojawurfel-morga

10% discount with code: metabolic4you

demeter-sekowa-gemüsebrühepulver

Source: sekowa.de

gemüsebouillon-fettfrei-morga

Source: morgasshop.ch

gemüsebouillon-himalajasalz-morga

Source: morgasshop.ch

sojawurfel-morga

Source: morgasshop.ch

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What kinds of tea are allowed?

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Black tea, green tea, white tea and rooibos tea are allowed. Fruit teas and all tea blends are unsuitable. The reason for this is that they could trigger hunger.

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What spices can I use?

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All fresh or dried herbs (such as parsley, basil, sage, rosemary, chives, etc.) are OK, including garlic, horseradish, salt, pepper, mustard powder, ginger, curry powder, cinnamon (1 pinch of cinnamon is, for example, well suited to spicing up yogurt ). 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or pure balsamic vinegar per salad is also allowed. Unsuitable products include Aromat (a Swiss product), ketchup, chutneys, mustard (from the tube) and other off-the-shelf seasonings, condiments, or barbecue spices.

Kelpamare, a seasoning sauce from A. Vogel, contains vegetable iodine from the algae kelp, good if you use salt without iodine:

kelpamare-pflanzenwürze

Quelle: A. Vogel

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Is there a type of salt that is particularly recommended?

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Himalaya VitaSal crystal salt: without iodine. Available in health food shops or online.

himalaya-vitalsal-salz

Source: nurnatur.ch

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What can I use as salad sauce?

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For the salad dressing, you can use one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or pure balsamic vinegar, but NO oil for the first 14 days (strict phase). For the first 14 days you can make a very tasty salad dressing with vegetable stock powder, water and dried or fresh spices.

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Which fat / oil is recommended for which purpose?

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  • Cooking at a high temperature > 220 C?
  • --> Coconut oil, palm oil, ghee (clarified butter)

  • Heating up to 220 C, max 10 min.?
  • --> olive oil, peanut, sesame, avocado oil

  • Cold dishes?
  • --> linseed oil rapeseed oil, hemp oil, etc.

Recommendations of Metabolic Balance.

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Is carbonated mineral water allowed?

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Still mineral water without carbon dioxide is preferred. In the case of flatulence, still water (without carbon dioxide) is recommended. If you really want it badly, you can drink carbonated mineral water.

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Is chewing gum allowed?

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No. Unfortunately, chewing gum is not allowed, it could cause hunger. Depending on the ingredients, both sugar and sugar substitutes can stimulate insulin production, which impairs optimal fat oxidation.

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Why are old apple varieties "better" than the "new" ones?

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Read our blog article about old apple varieties (in German).

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What are the right quantities for legumes, frozen foods or canned food

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Information in the plan always refers to the dry weight.
E.g. with legumes take double of the weight if they are soaked or come from the can or the glass.

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Can I also use frozen foods? If so, in what quantities?

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Yes, you can also use frozen foods from the beginning of the program.

Meat, Poultry, Fish: Weigh 25g more. Meat, poultry and fish should be thawed before further processing. Since this creates 'thawing water', which is poured away, more should be weighed.

Fruits and vegetables: here the quantities stay the same. Most of the fruits and vegetables are not thawed before, so that the "thawing water" does not arise or remains in court. Therefore it is not necessary to increase the quantities.

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Can I eat dried fruit instead of fresh fruit or vice versa?

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Fresh fruit instead of dried fruit?
No, not if you are in the strict conversion phase (14days).

After the strict 14 days, the fresh variant can be eaten instead of dried fruit. There are only two types of dried fruit on the individual grocery lists: plums and apricots. If you prefer to eat fresh fruit, that's fine. Then simply multiply the indicated amount of dried fruit by 3 - e.g. 40 g dried apricots = 120 g fresh apricots.

Dried fruit instead of fresh fruit?
No, if you do not find any dried fruit on your plan, you should not eat any dried fruits in the first 14 days.

In the relaxed phase of conversion, you can also eat dried fruits - but only apricots or prunes. Simply divide the indicated amount of fresh fruit by 3 - e.g. 120 g of fresh plums = 40 g of dried plums.