Frequently Asked Questions about Metabolic Balance ®
Q: What are the 4 phases and how long to they last?
A: There are four phases:
Phase 1 – The preparation phase – starts the detoxification process and is key in preparing your metabolism for the next stage of the program. Phase 1 lasts for two days.
Phase 2 – The strict adjustment phase lasts for a minimum of 14 days. You will have the option to remain on this phase until you have reached your desired goal. During this phase your metabolism will slowly start to adjust and become more efficient.
Phase 3 - The relaxed adjustment phase. During this phase, you begin to bring in additional foods to your daily meal plan. With your body's new heightened sense of awareness, you should instinctively know which foods are right for you. You can also now enjoy the occasional 'treat' meal or even enjoy a glass of wine. More importantly you will learn how to have a healthy approach to these special occasions. Your coach will continue to support you and monitor your progress during this phase.
Phase 4 - The maintenance phase is the final phase. Participants can stay on this phase for the rest of their lives by following the already familiar principles. Even at this stage you will be able to remain in contact with your coach or with us via our internet forum.
Q: I’m on the move all day, can I still participate?
A: Your nutrition plan with Metabolic Balance ® is extremely versatile. With the help of your coach, you can easily plan your meals in advance. Your coach will give you tips on being creative and show you how to take meals with you on busy days. You will learn how to apply the Metabolic Balance principles when eating out at restaurants as well as at home.
Q: Why are there no snacks on Metabolic Balance ®?
A: It is important to leave gaps between meals and to avoid snacking. Your body needs this time not only to fully digest the last meal, but also to rest and to repair. During this time the body is able to move into a ‘fat-burning’ metabolism. Eating between meals disrupts metabolism, as well as the normal fat-storage and fat-burning process.
Q: Do I have to eat only the foods included in my nutrition plan?
A: Yes, especially during phase two. Your personal nutrition plan is not a product of chance, but has been created using your blood values and medical history. This makes your plan as unique as your fingerprint. The selected foods support your metabolism and provide you with the nutrients that were previously lacking in your diet. Enjoy trying new foods and being creative with the foods on your plan. Your coach can help you with recipe ideas. In phases 3 and 4 you are actually encouraged to bring in new foods that were not on your food list.
Q: Do I need to weigh out everything exactly?
A: Yes, especially during phase 2 where you should follow your plan to the letter. Once you have reached your goal, you can discuss how to relax the amounts with your Metabolic Balance coach.
Q: Will I feel hungry on the strict phase and could it affect my energy levels?
A: Although you may be eating less food than before, you should still feel satisfied at the end of each meal. This is because the foods you are eating are nutrient dense, so that you are still getting all the nutrients your body needs. It is important to drink sufficient water in between meals to keep you feeling energized. If you feel tired during the first few days of strict adjustment phase, give yourself and your body time to rest, drink plenty of water and make sure you get enough sleep.
Q: May I participate in Metabolic Balance ® if I do not want to lose weight?
A: Yes. This will be taken into consideration during the development of your plan and adjustments will be made accordingly. Simply by taking part in the program, you will be doing something positive for your health, fitness and vitality. Please discuss your individual goals with your Metabolic Balance coach at your first consultation.