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Hello and welcome. My name is Sylvia and I am the head coach and owner of metabolic balance of Central Indiana. In this blog I will provide you with news and updates about the world of metabolic balance.

TIME - The Myth About Exercise

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 09 August 2009

In its August 17 edition TIME magazine dedicated the cover story to the role of exercise in weight loss.

In his article The Myth About Exercise John Cloud postulates that, exercise is "good for you, but it won't make you lose weight" and "why it's what you eat that really counts."

Cloud concedes that there are significant benefits to regular physical exercise: "People who regularly exercise are at significantly lower risk for all manner of diseases — those of the heart in particular. They less often develop cancer, diabetes and many other illnesses." But he also states that "the past few years of obesity research show that the role of exercise in weight loss has been wildly overstated."

"'In general, for weight loss, exercise is pretty useless,' says Eric Ravussin, chair in diabetes and metabolism at Louisiana State University and a prominent exercise researcher. Many recent studies have found that exercise isn't as important in helping people lose weight as you hear so regularly ... The basic problem is that while it's true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn't necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder."

The article conludes that "it's what you eat, not how hard you try to work it off, that matters more in losing weight. You should exercise to improve your health, but be warned: fiery spurts of vigorous exercise could lead to weight gain."

In the few days since its publication the article has created quiet a bit of controversial discussion on the internet. The core message though is very consistent with the fundamental premise of metabolic balance® that an individualized nutrition will lead to a healthy metabolism that regulates and maintains your perfect personal weight.

To learn more about the metabolic balance® all-natural weight management program, contact metabolic balance® of Indiana at (317) 564-2333 or send an email to

Click here to read the full TIME magazine article The Myth About Exercise.


WHFoods - Food of the Week: Cucumbers

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 17 August 2009

Every week The World's Healthiest Foods web page (WHFoods.Org) selects one of 129 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating. This week's pick is ...


To be "cool as a cucumber" add them to your menus during the warm summer months when they are in season. Although slicing cucumbers are available year round, they are at their best from May through July.

Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus and belong to the same family as watermelon, zucchini, pumpkin, and other types of squash. Varieties of cucumber are grown either to be eaten fresh or to be pickled. Those that are to be eaten fresh are commonly called slicing cucumbers. Cucumbers such as gherkins that are specially cultivated to make pickles are oftentimes much smaller than slicing cucumbers.

... read more at WHFoods.Org 


5-Minute Cold Cucumber Salad

Stay cool with this easy-to-prepare summer salad. One serving provides 246% of your Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C and 52% DV for vitamin A.

... find the recipe at WHFoods.Org


Updates from the 2009 metabolic balance Congress

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 25 September 2009

For five years now - early in summer - metabolic balance coaches from all over the world come together to meet in Germany. This year I was fortunate enough to attend this annual congress myself and the upcoming posts on this blog will introduce you to the highlights of this year's event in Bad Windsheim, Germany. Almost 600 coaches from all over the world were able to participate the three information packed days.

Since all the sessions were held in German and so will be all the publications, I thought you might be interested in English summaries of some of the most intriguing topics.

So, in the next weeks I will provide you with abstracts for:

  1. Declaration: Living A Healthy Life

  2. Food and Nourishment in the history of mankind

  3. Sleep and weight loss

  4. Stress – a stumbling block for weight loss

  5. Quality Management → a manual for process excellence

  6. How can music contribute to weight loss?

  7. metabolic balance and diabetes

These were all speeches given at the congress. I will base the summaries on my notes and memories and as you might anticipate, they will be heavily influenced by my understanding and thoughts on these topics.

I will also try to integrate ideas from other sources to the extend they affect my point of view. I surely will not claim completeness in the coverage of the discussed topics and I would like to invite you to an open discussion. Initially, please provide your thoughts and feedback via email to – in the future it will be possible to comment directly on this blog.


WHFoods - Food of the Week: Cauliflower

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 12 October 2009

Every week The World's Healthiest Foods web page (WHFoods.Org) selects one of 129 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating. This week's pick is ...


The milk, sweet, almost nutty flavor of cauliflower is at its best from December through March when it is in season and most plentiful in your local markets.

Cauliflower lacks the green chlorophyll found in other members of the cruciferous family of vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and kale, because the leaves of the plant shield the florets from the sun as they grow. It has a compact head (called a "curd"), usually about six inches in diameter that is composed of undeveloped flower buds. The flowers are attached to a central stalk.

... read more at WHFoods.Org 


Asian Sauteed Cauliflower

Try this easy-to-prepare recipe that gives cauliflower an Asian twist. One serving also provides 148% of the daily value (DV) for vitamin C, 13% DV for potassium, and 12% DV for fiber. And it tastes great served cold the next day. Enjoy.

... find the recipe at WHFoods.Org


WHFoods - Food of the Week: Apples

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 19 October 2009

Every week The World's Healthiest Foods web page (WHFoods.Org) selects one of 129 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating. This week's pick is ...


The warm scent and flavor of baking apples is a sure sign that fall is just around the corner. In the Northern Hemisphere apples are in season from late summer to early winter. However, many varieties are available year round because they have been either kept in cold storage or imported from the Southern Hemisphere.

Apples are crisp, white-fleshed fruits with red, yellow or green skin. They range in taste from moderately sweet and refreshing to pleasantly tart depending on the variety. The apple is a member of the rose family, with a compartmentalized core that classifies it as a pome fruit.

... read more at WHFoods.Org 


Apple Tart

This apple tart is a favorite of many of our readers. The healthy date and nut crust allows you to indulge without guilt or compromising flavor as you enjoy added nutrition as well as flavor. The walnuts in the crust make one serving of this tart an excellent source of those hard-to-find omega-3 fatty acids! Enjoy!

... find the recipe at WHFoods.Org


With Health, everything is a source of pleasure, without it, … nothing else is enjoyable.

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 31 October 2009

Earlier this month I announced a series of blogs about the 2009 metabolic balance congress.

My first selection from the congress, titled “Declaration: A Healthy Life” may seem a little off topic for an event that very much focuses on nutrition. However, we all know how important physical exercise is for sustained health. Thus, Prof. Dr. Klaus Baum shared some of his experience on creating an endurance program for the aging people. A professor at the German Sport University in Cologne, he has devoted his career to understanding the performance capabilities of adults. As a result of his work with professional athletes and heart patients, he has developed a training concept that focuses on people over 40. As we all get closer to retirement, we learn our own lessons in trying to attain any personal endurance.

Anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle is most likely already eating healthy foods and participating in some kind of physical activity. Thus, one could say that two pillars of a healthy life are Fitness and Nutrition. Sustaining reasonable endurance exercise is quiet easy in our 20's and 30's. However, once we hit the 50's it gets much harder, especially if you have never been a person who liked to “hit the gym” in the first place.

Sure enough, in Dr. Baum's training institute, both these pillars are addressed. He stresses, the importance for people of any age to do a sufficient amount of physical activity which they really enjoy – if it's boring you will not sustain it for a long time. Furthermore, not only the chosen activity must be sustainable but the surrounding we exercise in must be pleasant and comforting – the gym, the training facility, or the outdoor environment.

Missing physical strain, meaning the absence of exercise, causes the loss of endurance, strength and coordination in higher age. According to Dr. Baum, this results in a vicious circle where the loss of power (often accelerated by medical causes) leads to anxiety and further avoidance strategies. When this cycle of functional disability reaches critical levels, the physical deterioration and lack of mobility will result in the loss of self-dependence.

Thus, Dr. Baum stresses that exercise for us slowly-aging-Baby-Boomers needs to have the goal of preventing - or when necessary reversing - the loss of our physical capabilities and be solidly based on our individual abilities and limitations. This, together with an individually tailored nutrition a la metabolic balance®, will allow us to build the foundation of health that, according to Arthur Schopenhauer, makes everything a source of pleasure.


WHFoods - Food of the Week: Brussel Sprouts

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 15 November 2009

Every week The World's Healthiest Foods web page (WHFoods.Org) selects one of 129 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating. This week's pick is ...

Brussel Sprouts

It's no surprise that Brussel sprouts look like perfect miniature versions of cabbage since they are closely related, both belong to the Brassica family of vegetables. Brussels sprouts are available year round; however, they are at their best from autumn through early spring when they are at the peak of their growing season.

Brussels sprouts grow in bunches of 20 to 40 on the stem of a plant that grows from two to three feet tall.

... read more at WHFoods.Org 


5 Minute Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts may be small in size but they're large in nutritional value. One serving of this recipe provides 870% of the daily value (DV) for vitamin K, 326% DV for vitamin C and 40% DV for vitamin A. And they only take minutes to prepare. Enjoy!

... find the recipe at WHFoods.Org


metabolic balance® at the Simply Healthy Fair

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 17 November 2009

On Saturday November 14th we had the opportunity to introduce metabolic balance® at the 4th Annual Simply Healthy Fair and Wellness Expo in Bloomington, IN. This year the fair's focus was on "Living Simply Well, Community Building, Eating Local and Eating Healing Meals" and provided a great opportunity to showcase the benefits of a balanced metabolism that can be achieved through the metabolic balance® all-natural weight management program. Throughout the day we had many fruitful conversations with interested visitors and connected with numerous health professionals from the area.

We were very encouraged by the great feedback we received about the program and it's presentation and are excited to grow the metabolic balance® presence in this wonderful and health conscious community. If you are interested in becoming a coach or if you know somebody with a passion for health and wellness, please do not hesitate to contact metabolic balance® of Indiana at (317) 564-2333 or send an email to

Click here to learn more about the 4th Annual Simply Healthy Fair.


metabolic balance® Webinar Series - Get Ready for the Holiday Season

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 17 November 2009

Leading up to the Christmas Holidays we will conduct a series of live webinars. Every Wednesday evening you will have an outstanding opportunity to learn more about the background and the benefits of the metabolic balance® all-natural weight management program. 

While I will talk in detail about ...

  • the principles of a healthy nutrition
  • the fundamentals of metabolic balance®
  • the four phases of the metabolic balance® all-natural weight management program
  • and its effects on your well-being

... you can ask questions and discuss your own weight loss experiences.

Sign up for this exciting opportunity to hear first hand from Indiana's metabolic balance® master coach by entering your email and clicking the Sign Up button.

I am very much looking forward to these webinars and our conversations.


"Welcome" new Indiana Coaches!

By Sylvia Egel - Posted on 27 November 2009

Say WELCOME! to two new coaches, who will strengthen the metabolic balance® presence in Central Indiana.

Dr. Inna Aroutiounova (left) and Sarah-Ruth Egel (right) graduated last weekend as metabolic balance® all-natural weight management coaches after a training class conducted in Virginia Beach, VA.

Both had the unique opportunity of being educated by Dr. Funfack (2nd from left), the founder of metabolic balance®. Dr. Wolf, as he is called here in the United States, not only explained in depth the science behind the metabolic balance® all-natural weight management methodology but also reflected on his experiences with more than 300,000 metabolic balance® clients. It was impossible to not be impressed by the countless, often touching and always life-changing stories he shared.

On Sunday Dr.Wolf taught a re-certification class for existing coaches, which focused on the mental, emotional and motivational aspects of weight management coaching. I (Sylvia Egel, 2nd from right), can't wait to apply these insights with my current and future clients. I am confident, that we will all benefit greatly from these learnings.  

Sarah-Ruth will immediately start coaching here in Indiana and we are very excited to add her to the coaching staff as metabolic balance® is growing rapidly and the word about its great benefits is spreading! Come back soon and we will tell you more about her background, interests and focus areas.