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Obesity & Weight Management

The rise of obesity has placed the health of an entire generation at risk.

- Tom Vilsack

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

What are the causes of Obesity?

There are many direct and indirect reason for a person to become overweight and obese, such as

Consumption of excessive sugar Foods that increase the risk of weight gain, among others, are

  • Fast foods
  • Fried foods
  • Fatty and processed meats
  • Dairy products
  • Foods with excessive sugar
  • Sweetened juices and sodas
  • Alcohol consumption
  • High carb processed foods

Lack of sleep A lack of sleep not only makes you look and feel tired, you also might gain weight! The lack of sleep reduces the hormone production of ‘Leptin’, an appetite-suppressing hormone, and, in return, increases the production of ‘Ghrelin’, the so-called ‘hunger hormone’, stimulating appetite and fat storage in the body. Lack of movement People following a mainly sedentary lifestyle, which involves a lot of sitting, and less to no physical activities or exercise, are at a high risk of weight gain, and therefore obesity.

Medication side-effects According to the ‘The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism’, certain types of medication are directly linked to a patient’s weight gain, such as

  • Atypical antipsychotics
  • Anticonvulsants and mood stabilisers, and specifically gabapentin
  • Hypoglycaemic medications
  • Glucocorticoids used to treat rheumatoid arthritis
  • Antidepressants

Endocrine disruptors Recent research, published by the ‘World Journal of Gastroenterology’, pointed out the evidence between the intake of liquid fructose, a type of sugar that is in corn syrup, and the occurrence of fatty liver and Cardiometabolic Syndrome. In order to avoid obesity, the consumption of any ‘endocrine disrupters’ (chemicals that interfere with our hormone levels), should be not only reduced, but completely avoided. Genes A person’s genetic predisposition can play a significant role in weight gain. Recent research has discovered that the faulty ‘fat-mass and obesity-associated gene’ (FTO), is responsible for cases of obesity. In addition, the so-called ‘hunger hormone’ Grhelin has an impact on our eating behaviour, as it stimulates appetite, and promotes fat storage.

symptoms of obesity

What are the symptoms of Obesity?

Obesity can cause symptoms that affect many areas of daily life, such as

  • Increased sweating
  • Breathlessness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Snoring
  • Fatigue
  • Back and joint pains
  • Feeling isolated
  • Low self-esteem

Treatment of Obesity, The Metabalance Way

We at Metabalance offer dedicated services and treatments to reduce and heal symptoms, root causes, and effects of obesity, and to achieve optimal health, individualised for each client’s needs and situation.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Our bodies produce a variety of hormones every day, but these hormones can get easily be knocked out of balance due to the ageing process, our diet, and the lifestyle’s we follow. Allopathic medicine offers synthetic solutions, which tend to have huge side effects. Therefore, at Metabalance, we offer Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. These are based on plant extracts and nanotised for transdermal absorption. Biologically identical hormones to the ones produced by our own bodies are administered, to restore the balance, correcting what is deficient in the clients hormonal system.

Personalised Nutrition Program

Personalised Nutrition Program

Each body is unique, and therefore, each diet needs to follow a customised pattern of nutritional requirements, keeping genetical, physiological, environmental and lifestyle factors in mind. With the nutrition program provided on the principles of The Metabalance Way, our clients simply eat themselves back to good health.

Lifestyle Management

Lifestyle Management

Based on a detailed understanding, analysis and evaluation of each client’s lifestyle, our teams at Metabalance will design a customised and action-oriented program to modify a specific lifestyle factor, or will help facilitate overall behavioural changes in their lives. Some key areas, where these changes take effect, are weight management, tobacco cessation, exercise incentives, and holistic stress management.



One thing is clear: Physical activity is a must! Reducing weight and limiting the symptoms of obesity needs to go hand in hand with strength, resistance training, or aerobics – minimum 3 times a week. At Metabalance, we will plan a detailed exercise regime for you.