René Von Gunten

About René Von Gunten

Rene von Gunten NTP CPT is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Nutritional Therapy Association. He holds a diploma in Balancing Nutritional Science from the Westbrook University and is a graduate of the renowned mentorship program in functional medicine by Dr. Daniel Kalish. He is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist serving local clients in his Hollywood office and international clients via phone or skype consultations.

The Formula To Automated Weight Loss After 40

Countless diets promise a weight loss success: Atkins, Dukan, Paleo, Keto, and IIFYM, just to name a few. A diet book search on Amazon, for example, yields more than 24k results. Which diet does really work? The answer is simple: most could work. The tricky part is to choose a diet that makes it easy for you to stay within a certain calorie deficit since you can’t really get around that part if you want to shed a few pounds [...]

The Game-Changing Difference Between Weight Loss And Fat Loss: Heavier Than Before Or Permanently Lean

Weight loss does not equal fat loss. One leads to frustration and more kilos than before. The other to finally getting lean. The difference is crucial. They only share one common ground, a necessary calorie deficit. So what is different? In a weight loss scenario, you typically try to eat as little as possible. In a fat loss approach, you are trying to eat as much as possible. Now you want an explanation, I suppose. Losing weight If your previous [...]

Weight Loss After 40 And Blood Sugar Level: This Is How It Is Connected

Whether you want to burn fat or build muscle, carbohydrates play a key role. If losing weight does not work, carbohydrates and a corresponding blood sugar level are often to blame. Blood sugar is simply free energy, which is available quickly and across the body thanks to the vascular system. If this energy is present above a certain amount, your fat stores remain untouched. Because the demand for energy is extremely high in adolescent years, we get away reasonably free [...]

What Supplements Do I Take

To be honest, I would not ever have guessed that I ever will rely on the extra help of nutritional supplements. But since I started working with blood panels, this has changed. For me, the result revealed an underactive thyroid, low IGF-1 and a digestive system, which lacks a bit of its digestive power with unwanted food particles leaking into the blood stream as a result. All of these findings not necessarily being ideal for sufficient energy at work, for sports and fast recovery after [...]

The Main Reason You’re Not Losing Weight At The Gym

You are super-motivated to lose weight, and that's the reason why you're lifting weights? Perfect. But don't fall into the trap of making a big mistake at the gym that will undo all your other weight loss efforts. The easiest way to condition your body to burn fat is to target all your strategies towards this goal. This not only includes proper diet and enough sleep but of course also the necessary exercise. I know, I know… this is yesterday’s news. Hang [...]

Mead: A Legendary Drink Made In Oceanside, CA

I love to tell stories about people with a passion for sustainably produced food. Typically this means that something is created with great skill and respect for nature by using traditional craftsmanship. For our documentary series "Better with Real Food", Hili and I were fortunate to meet with Frank Golbeck in Oceanside, California. Frank is co-founder of Golden Coast Mead, a craft beverage company dedicated to making the legendary mead. Mead is the oldest fermented beverage in the world and [...]

This Is How Losing Weight Works: Outsmarting Insulin

If you want to lose weight, there is really only one method that will lead you to your desired weight – keeping the evil insulin man in check! Whenever the pounds need to come off, the basic command that must reign inside you is that all systems source their energy from the body's fat reserves. The notorious insulin-man To do so, it is important to know: your body distributes important messages within its system using hormones. They are pretty much your internal mailmen. Now [...]

Drain Your Energy With Orange Juice For Breakfast

A glass of fresh orange juice for breakfast has to be a fruity-strong start into the day, right? One could falsely think that. Fortunately, as a regular reader of my blog, you know better, and the awesome orange juice for breakfast commercial with the happy family, the unnaturally blue sky, and the overly bright sunshine rolls off your shoulders like raindrops off my freshly polished and waxed Chevy Tahoe. One serving of orange juice (approx. 8 ounces) from the supermarket [...]

Confessions Of An Uncontrolled Eater

Hello. My name is René. I'm a Nutritional Therapist and suffering from uncontrolled eating. When I had my last relapse last fall, I decided to give up my job. I always see myself as an imposter when I succumb to the craving for the fast carbohydrates. Once I give in, I usually can’t stop. During such attack, I can easily eat three-quarters of a jar of Nutella on an entire white baguette-style bread, a pizza with a pack of blue corn chips, [...]

Simply Put: Healthy Eating

Getting bulletproof health and feeling fabulous fit over 40 starts with food. A healthy diet is not always the sole key to achieving the optimal self, but without exception an essential part of the solution. Here are my three basic eating principles that I call Better With Real Food. 1. Real Food vs Fake Food Never make the mistake of underestimating the power of food. Food can either make you healthy or make you sick. It's as simple as that. What is [...]

Cheesemaking From Raw Milk: Guardians Of The Lost Taste

I'm an admirer of traditional production methods since I stumbled upon the work of Dr. Weston A. Price. I could spend hours listening to my Uncle Fritz and Aunt Rosemarie telling how foods was processed, stored and prepared in the past. At a unique occasion, I even got hold of Dr. Bircher-Benner’s famous cookbook from 1929. But I digress. Nowadays, less and less raw milk products are made every year. Safety concerns are given as the main reason for the systemic [...]

Good Catch: Eating Fish Without Guilt

Basically everyone agrees: eating fish is healthy. Among other things fish provides an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid, abbreviated DHA, and eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA. Both are currently experiencing a winning streak in the form of modern and pleasant tasting fish oils after the 'bugbear' cod liver oil somewhat disappeared from the surface 35 years ago. According to the neurosurgeon Jack Kruse, DHA has one crucial function: DHA in cells converts light signals into electrical signals [...]

How much carbs in prunes?

Prunes are now officially supposed to be called "dried plums" because the growers think they will sell better with the name change. I will keep calling them prunes because I prefer to eat them fresh and not dried. How much carbs in prunes? 1 fruit contains approximately 6 g of net carbs (sugar) and 1 g of fiber resulting in 28 calories. At first glance, prunes seem like a healthy source of energy. But how healthy are prunes really? Many nutritionists [...]

How To Lose Weight At California Pizza Kitchen

Just in case you have been reducing carbs to assure your appealing entrance at the beach, and still would like to visit your favorite pizza restaurant, I will show you how you can do that without any problems. I will use my favourite pizzeria here in LA, the “California Pizza Kitchen,” (CPK) to show you how to master this challenge. The easiest trick I pull out of my sleeve whenever I know that my weakness for these hand-tossed crust 'flatbreads' might trick me, is quite simple: [...]

The Alligator Pear: The Ideal Snack For Weight Loss

I've often been asked what kind of snack I recommend to a) obtain a sufficiently large boost of energy and b) not to compromise any weight loss efforts. Sometimes the solution is a lot simpler than we think! As an example, I drive a 15-year old Chevy Tahoe truck. I find there is hardly a more reliable car. However, the sun bleached plastic- and metal parts have been bothering me for quite some time. My neighbor had the best insider’s tip [...]