JEP Article January
JEP Article January by Thomas Ogg
THERE are so many weight-loss programmes around these days that anyone looking to lose weight could be forgiven for not knowing where to begin.
And, as Jersey-based nutritional adviser Pippa Campbell points out, many of the programmes offer decidedly less than sensible advice.
‘So many diets centre entirely on people restricting themselves,’ she says, ‘but that’s not the right way for anybody to go about losing weight or getting healthy. It’s about eating the right foods for you and the right portion sizes at the right time.’
And that, says Pippa, is where Metabolic Balance comes in.
First conceived by German nutritionist Dr Wolf Funfack in 2002, the scientifically researched regime dispenses with dieting and fasting and instead offers a basic and simple ‘nutrition programme’ that is uniquely tailored to suit the needs of each individual.
‘Most diets are obsessed with calories,’ says Pippa, ‘but Metabolic Balance isn’t about calorie counting at all. After all, in theory a person could eat three Mars bars and hit their recommended daily calorie intake, but it wouldn’t make them very healthy.’
Metabolic Balance, on the other hand, offers participants a rich and varied range of foods aimed at providing the proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibres that are so often lacking in modern-day diets. As Pippa says, ‘there are no shakes or pills with Metabolic Balance.’
Instead, the programme relies on the body’s own resources to reduce fat, leading to a natural restoration in the body and resulting in a fitter, more energetic individual, with permanent weight loss an added bonus.
‘A key component of Metabolic Balance is ensuring that meals are eaten at the right times,’ says Pippa. ‘On average, a person’s insulin won’t start coming down until five hours after eating, so if you’re just continuously snacking then your body is going to be too busy digesting and not doing all the good things that it should be doing. A lot of people seem to think that being hungry is a big no-no, so they just constantly graze, but a person should have at least a five-hour break between each meal and, ideally, a 12-hour break at night, as that is when we burn off the most fat.’
Divided into four distinct phases, the Metabolic Balance programme begins with a one-to-one consultation with Pippa at her private clinic in St Helier. Here, she ascertains each individual’s health and fitness via a series of exercises and procedures, following which a blood test is arranged with local GP Dr David Bailey.
‘When I spoke to Dr Bailey last year he immediately saw Metabolic Balance as a way to help people with diabetes and those with health and weight problems.’
Next, a blood sample is sent to the UK’s Metabolic Balance laboratory on London’s Wimpole Street where around 50 different tests are done. The test results are then returned to Pippa, who forwards them to the Metabolic Balance headquarters in Germany, along with a carefully compiled client profile, including likes, dislikes, medical history, weight, measurements, height, and so on.
‘The German physicians carefully analyse the information and use it to customise a dietary programme totally individual to each client – and the results really work.’
Pippa speaks from experience having undergone the regime herself: ‘I didn’t get aubergine in my meal plan and I love aubergine,’ she laughs. ‘But other than that, I had a great nutrition programme put together for me. There were ten different types of fish, sirloin steak, prawns, chicken... Metabolic Balance certainly doesn’t leave you short of choice.’
Almost immediately, Pippa noticed increased energy and glowing skin, as well as the disappearance of both an irritable skin condition and a long-term persistent cough
(‘it was my mother who pointed out that it had gone’).
‘Before Metabolic Balance, I couldn’t eat lentils,’ she says. ‘If I did, I’d react very aggressively. But now I eat them once or twice a week and there’s absolutely no problem. Metabolic Balance also highlights the foods that absolutely do not agree with you and that have to be completely avoided, and it isn’t always the ones you’d think.’
Such life-altering results are possible because, says Pippa, ‘the programme is 100% personalised and aims to strengthen and balance your entire hormonal system and to naturally manage your weight. No two Metabolic Balance plans are the same.’
Originally from London, the 42-year-old mother of two has lived in the Island with her Jersey-born husband for the last 17 years.
‘We were living in London and decided we wanted to get out of the rat race. The strain of life there had started to get to us both. We weren’t eating properly, we weren’t getting any exercise, and Jersey sounded like a good solution to our problems.’
Pippa started her career at the London School of Sport and Remedial Therapies, where she received her diploma, and went on to do a number of CPD [Continual Personal Development] courses in fitness and nutrition. She recently returned to the capital for her Metabolic Balance training and remains the only registered MB coach in the Island.
‘I was training with the gurus of functional medicine and it’s not often the chance arises to be trained by these sort of world leaders,’ says Pippa.
Among the tutors were Anthony Haines, a world leader in functional medicine and author of The Insulin Factor, and Gerry Gajadharsingh, Diagnostic Consultant at The Health Equation. Pippa also met Amelia Freer who has since found fame as a cookery writer and for introducing celebrities such as James Corden and Boy George to Metabolic Balance.
‘Sam Smith did it, too, and lost 14 lb in just two weeks,’ says Pippa. ‘It’s something that is becoming increasingly popular with people looking to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.’