The “Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism” published this study at the end of December 2010. The study demonstrated that the Metabolic Balance program is a highly effective program for both weight loss and quality of life.
The study was conducted in cooperation with the Department of Quality Management and Social Medicine of the Medical Centre of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. The results clearly show that with Metabolic Balance, overweight people can effectively reduce their weight and maintain the weight loss in the long term.
The researchers were equally surprised by a significant improvement in the participants’ blood values during the course of the study as well as the clear improvement reported by the participants for their personal and health-related quality of life.
A widely-accepted measure of the long-term success of outpatient weight loss programmes is a reduction in initial weight of at least 5% over a period of at least one year. 62.5% of participants in the Metabolic Balance metabolic program met this condition.
A total of 31.1% of program participants lost more than twice this recommended weight, i.e. more than 10% of their initial body weight.
In an evaluation study of another outpatient weight loss program, only 50% of the participants achieved the target of 5% weight loss, while only 20% of the participants lost at least 10% of their weight.
The positive changes in blood values associated with weight loss were shown in the analysis of the study results. The reflection of the participants on the clear improvement of their health quality of life was yet another positive result.
At the beginning of the study, only 38% of the participants stated that their quality of life was in no way restricted (normal value in Germany is 75%). Many participants complained about severe impairments. After one year, their quality of life had improved significantly with 68% of the participants reporting they were now satisfied with their quality of life.
At the beginning of the study, 27% of participants reported serious health problems. After one year, this figure had fallen to 11.3%, close to the average of the entire German population (10%).
Another result of the study shows that the systematic change in diet through Metabolic Balance significantly improves the symptoms of metabolic syndrome (obesity, diabetes, hypertension and lipid metabolism disorders).
Among the Metabolic Balance study participants who suffered from metabolic syndrome at the beginning of the program, 76% of the participants no longer met the criteria for this diagnosis after one year.
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