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Metabolic Balance® case studies

When Sanna introduced me to the Metabolic Balance diet I had little confidence in any diet helping me achieve any weight loss, let alone sustainable weight loss. I had tried many slimming clubs and books, but with little effect, despite my adherence to the rules and perseverance. My self confidence was quite low, and I was questioning my self control - even though I knew I was eating healthily I could not understand my gradual weight gain of recent years.

I took the diet very seriously and followed it to the letter for the first two weeks. The meals were actually quite easy to build into my normal working routine. I did feel hungry some times, but I also felt well and positive (following other diets I sometimes felt deprived and depressed).

After a week, the occasional hunger disappeared, I was eating as much food (if not more) than I used to, and I couldn't believe how much weight I had lost. I became very excited - after such a short time I had proof that this diet worked for me. Even my skeptical husband was silenced by the evidence! This helped me to stick to the plan easily from then on. I lost steadily over the following weeks.

I have eased off the diet now as I have reached my target weight. For the first time I feel confident that I can control my weight from here. I had worried that the weight would come back quickly because I had lost it relatively rapidly. But actually, I have lost a few more pounds quite effortlessly. I feel as though my body has learnt how to cope with food all over again and that my metabolism has woken up, so my body now works like everyone else's.

Sanna was supportive and sensible throughout. Because she has followed the diet herself she understood the pitfalls. I'm delighted with the results.

When I started working with Kate Cook as my nutritional therapist as I had a lot to recover from and felt I needed help with my health and my weight. Over the next two years I got fitter and healthier and two stone came off as part of that process. Then, for no obvious reason, I put a stone back on in six months. I know we all lie to ourselves about what and how much we eat, but the baseline is I’m teetotal as I’m allergic to alcohol, I don’t eat fried food, I rarely eat bread as I get eczema if I do, I only eat chips off someone else’s plate (which we all know don’t count!) and, being married to a diabetic, I eat lots of fruit but very little sweet stuff. I’m reasonably active and eat a lot less than most of my female friends. So why did I put on weight and why didn’t it come off? My husband was convinced I was eating something that disagreed with me, and, although it seemed like a copout, I was beginning to agree.

Kate suggested I try metabolic rebalancing. After a moment’s hesitation (“not another diet that’s going to cost me a fortune and not work”) I agreed to give it a try. I have been AMAZED. The menu is not wildly different to what I eat anyway so it was quite easy to make minor adjustments to the type of fish, veg and fruit I eat, and the quantities of protein are about the same,. What is different was the restricted amount of fruit and veg which I’d always filled up on. There are also no snacks between meals. Even though this had always been fruit for me, I wasn’t at all sure I would be able to go from 6.30am to 1pm on a work day without my usual mid-morning banana – but yes I can!

It’s almost like I’ve had hypnotherapy because if it isn’t on my food list it can be sitting in front of me and I can be hungry, but it just doesn’t occur to me to eat it. Apparently this is because everything is back in balance and I no longer have any cravings, even though I didn’t realise I had any before. Frankly, I don’t care! All I know is that it’s working!! I lost a stone and a half in the first seven weeks which included a week’s holiday, a weekend away and several meals out. I am generally finding it very easy to stick to and am convinced this is going to get me down to a sensible weight for my age (which won’t be anywhere near 8 stone, but then again I’m not 21 either!) and keep me there.

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