Weight Problems

The world faces an obesity epidemic. Obesity is a chronic disease and it is estimated that at least 1.1 billion adults are overweight and that 312 million are obese.

According to James et al, the prevalence of obesity has doubled or even risen threefold in less than two decades, while in children this is rising at an even faster rate.

How does being overweight or obese affect our health? Obesity is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and some forms of cancer. Obese people are also at high risk for depression, job discrimination and other social problems. After tobacco use, obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable deaths. About 3 in 5 South Africans are overweight or obese, and those numbers are rising. The number of children and teens who are overweight or obese is also expected to increase.

Overweight is classified as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) outside of the healthy range.

The BMI is currently the international standard for assessing weight.

BMI = Weight (kgs) ÷ Height (m) squared

BMI Categories:

  • Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
  • Overweight = 25-29.9 Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
  • A BMI of less than 18.5 is considered underweight.
  • A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy.
  • A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight.
  • A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

At Body Renewal we have recognized that before one even starts on any body-shaping program it is important that one is close to their ideal weight or BMI (Body Mass Index) as possible. A visit to one of the medical doctors at Body Renewal will determine whether you are carrying excess weight.

In the human body we can distinguish three kinds of fat:

  • Structural fat which cushions our organs and is vital for normal organ functioning and protection.
  • Normal fat which acts as a reserve of fuel upon which the body can freely draw on.
  • The third kind of fat is entirely abnormal. It is the accumulation of such fat from which the overweight patient suffers. Unfortunately, this kind of fat is locked away and is not available to the body in a nutritional emergency.

Renewal Institute Diet addresses this abnormal fat. It is a safe and effective weight loss program that has evolved over 35 years with tens of thousands of patients being treated successfully around South Africa.

The Renewal Institute Diet includes a low GI eating program with interesting menu suggestions that combined with lipotrophic supplements that help mobilize the abnormal fat which has accumulated over time. If the eating program is strictly adhered to, 400 grams of fat can be lost each day and thus the amount of days it takes to lose the abnormal fat can be calculated.

Patients lose between 8 and 12 kilograms per cycle (6 weeks), generally, find it quite easy, and feel good with high energy levels. Many of the Renewal Institute Diet patients have tried numerous other well-known diets but find this to be the magic one that actually works. Follow up appointments are held every two weeks where a booster injection will be given and their weight checked. Any questions are answered and encouragement and support offered.

A highly professional team lead by a doctor assesses every patient You will be seen individually for a medical assessment and your weight and measurements will be taken as well as a Bodystat Machine assessment which will give you an indication of your body fat percentage, total body fat and water content, and your BMI as well as giving you the target values for your gender and height.

You will then be invited into a group teaching session held by one of our doctors, or Registered Nurses. The theory behind the diet and why it works will be explained, and you will be taken through the various phases of the program. An eating plan as well as some tips, interesting menus and pointers will be given, and you will be advised on how to handle difficult situations or manage times when you may be struggling.

You will be amazed at how easy you will find this program and how quickly it works. The first week is usually difficult but once the lipotrophic substance kicks in and unlocks the abnormal fat, one's appetite decreases as the system is flooded with unwanted fat which the body is then easily able to utilise as energy, therefore lowering your energy requirement from food.

Being motivated is easy when you feel great and full of energy, and even easier when you start receiving compliments from your friends and you fit into clothing you never thought you'd wear again. There is no rebound or regain of weight and our patients manage to maintain their weight loss long term by following a maintenance program.

Body Renewal Tip:

Once a certain weight loss is achieved, Body Renewal is excited to offer the next step in multi-modality therapy in treating exercise and diet resistant fat and cellulite. Any treatment modality on its own can make a big difference, but in our eyes it's not sufficient. Resistant fat and cellulite have different forms and grades and thus success needs a combination of treatments that include lymphatic drainage, reduction of fat cells, stretching of connective tissue and collagen stimulation.

Reshape with In office Treatments:

At Body Renewal resistant fat is treated with the following modalities once you are in shape and within 6 kilograms of your ideal weight. The following body shaping treatments are well suited to treat the fat deposits which make the body disproportionate.

  • Lipodissolve, also known as mesotherapy or injection lipolysis , is a well established European and Brazilian technique to treat fat and diminish localized fat deposits using a natural substance called Phosphatidylcholine (PPC).
  • Cryo Lipo Technology, also known as “the fat freezing treatment”. This treatment isolates an area where there is a resistant fat pocket and lowers the temperature of the fatty tissue to a point where the fat cells are destroyed. The body will then eliminate the destroyed cells as bodily waste products over a period of 45-60 days. Patients have reported an average reduction of up to 20% of the area per treatment.
  • Ultrashape. High frequency ultra sound therapy that causes cavitation (“blasts and destroys the fat cells by means of ultrasound”)
  • VelaShape™, a 4 in 1 treatment that reduces circumference and fat dramatically. Velashape™ has FDA approval for circumferential reduction and patients liken it to a warm massage.
  • Carboxytherapy, the miracle gas, has been touted as the biggest beauty breakthrough since Botox, and forms an important component of any body-shaping program. Therapy involves injecting tiny amounts of CO2 beneath the skin to break down fatty deposits, improve the appearance of cellulite, increase the micro-circulation to the area and stimulate collagen production.
  • Lipomassage™ is a new targeted Endermologie® which treats resistant fat and increases blood circulation and lymph drainage in resistant areas, with fewer treatments.
  • Transdermal Mesotherapy delivers active Mesotherapy ingredients without the use of needles.
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Review -The Diet
Reviewed on 2 November 2018 by Anonymous

This diet has been hell most days but the kindness and support from the team made it bearable and the results makes it worth it.

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Review -Body Renewal Results
Reviewed on 14 September 2018 by Prudence

I was feeling very fatigued and burned out everyday. I was working out so hard, 5 days a week, but nothing was happening as I was not getting the results that I wanted and eventually I was frustrated.

I have been on the HCG programme with Dr Pierce at Skin Renewal morningside and I have never seen such amazing results in my life.

Dr Pierce introduced me to the programme because I so badly wanted a lifestyle change, I wanted to be healthy from the inside and out. I lost 2kg’s within the first 2 weeks of the programme and thats when I knew that the programme is working for me but more than that my energy levels were improving and thats exactly what I wanted achieve. Dr Pierce has been such an amazing support, he literally held my hand. I’m now 7kgs lighter, super confident, very healthy and I am feeling like I’m on top of the world.

I would also love to thank the amazing and friendly Staff at Skin renewal morningside for all their support. The environment at Skin renewal morningside is so inviting and so beautiful.

I have been a client at Renewal Institute for 5 years and with very visit there is so much improvement. I am so happy to see that Skin renewal always goes the extra mile to keep their clients happy but most of all they always make sure that we achieve the best results.

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Review -The Medical Weight Loss program
Reviewed on 7 September 2018 by Anonymous

The staff was very helpful in the journey. We hope that after the second cycle of treatment we will be able to achieve the goal. Can recommend sister Liana, she is amazing and very supporting and helpful.

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Review -Very Happy
Reviewed on 31 August 2018 by Anonymous

Shana is always a pleasure to visit. I always feel motivated and informed after my visit with Shana. Money well spent. Thank you for making me feel great!

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Review -Weight Loss treatment
Reviewed on 30 August 2018 by Anonymous

Noxy and her collegues has treated me professionally and with such care and sensitivity. I recommend them to anyone who needs advice and assistance for a healthy diet.

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Review -Special Attention
Reviewed on 7 August 2018 by Anonymous

Program worked very well for me, I am motivated. Receive many compliments on my new appearnace. Will definatly recommend this program and my friendly nurse - Liana

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Review -Real motivator
Reviewed on 15 June 2018 by Anonymous

Dr Pierce is a real motivator. The diet is the best and results are amazing.

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Review -Bedfordview Service
Reviewed on 4 June 2018 by Anonymous

The service from the ladies was very professional. It was a great first time experience with the team.

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Review -Altyd Wonderlik
Reviewed on 14 May 2018 by Niecole Pretorius

My paadjie met Renewal Institute Body Renewal Program by Williwbridge is al n lang een maar wat n plesier! Altyd vriendelike gesigte en top diens. Veral n groot dankie aan Charleen, Liana, Helette en Mari 9 by wie ek lieflike facials ontvang. Julle diens is puik en julle het my gewigs reis sommer fantasties gemaak.

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Review -Weight Loss Body Renewal
Reviewed on 19 April 2018 by Anonymous

Excellent, it has been life changing for me. The nurse is an insperation and the staff are amazing.

I look forward to seeing them every 2 weeks.

Thank you

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Review -New Body, New Confidence
Reviewed on 30 March 2018 by Anonymous

Serena not only provided me with the motivation and tools I wanted for my weight loss programme, she also provided me with the inspiration, confidence and support I needed.

Serena worked with me every step of the way, she was there through celebrations and commiserations.

The whole branch seemed to be there, backing me to achieve what I wanted to achieve!

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Review -Very Happy Client!
Reviewed on 19 March 2018 by Shakoon

I love this branch. The Ladies are awesome, so friendly and full of smiles. It made a difficult and challenging time in my life a lot easier. Thank you Dr Pierce - Thank you, beautiful ladies. lots of love, 10 stars!!!

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Review -Bye-bye 15 kilos!
Reviewed on 11 August 2017 by Justine Stroebel

I have struggled for years trying to get rid of excess weight caused by over eating, yo-yo dieting, pregnancy and generally bad choices. This programme has given me what I have been looking for: a boost in the right direction to get rid of stubborn abnormal fat, without compromising the healthy fat and muscle, and still maintaining my energy levels and functionality at work and home! I've lost 15kgs and 3 dress sizes in 12 weeks, and my hubby is delighted with his happy arm candy! It takes commitment and some serious will power, but it's worth it! My challenge now: stick to the maintenance programme and KEEP that unwanted fat off!!!

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Review -Absolutely fabulous results!
Reviewed on 30 November 2015 by Dee Warburg

Absolutely fabulous results! All made easy by wonderfully supportive staff! I would recommend unconditionally!

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Review -Transformation, through comfortable treatments!
Reviewed on 9 April 2015 by Mrs T. C. Stellenbosch

My experience at Skin & Body Renewal Stellenbosch was very worthwhile and the results so far have been great! I will definitely return for more treatments and am looking forward to seeing the transformtion of my skin after Titania, which was a first for me and was very comfortable. Cryolipo fat freezing is working great on my tummy and the skin treatments are always very relaxing and professional. My therapist does an exceptional job!

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Review -Teniela (Therapist)
Reviewed on 22 January 2015 by J.T from Body Renewal Rivonia

Teniela is an amazing person, loving and caring. Best therapist I have ever had, knowledge towards her treatment and products. Advised me very well!

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Review -Testimonial
Reviewed on 17 November 2014 by Constance Mnisi

My Body Renewal Diet journey has been amazing. I've lost 29kg's in 15 months. My current weight is 97,1kg's from 126kg's, thanks to the Body Renewal Diet team, my nurse Angela and doctor Jooste, it has been an amazing journey- it changed my life. I've helped friends and family too.

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Review -It really works!
Reviewed on 31 October 2014 by Anonymous

I am truly impresses by the results of the Body Renewal programme. Not only does it work, but the staff at Body Renewal Somerset West (Nurse Wilna, Anneke and Lizanne) are also incredibly supportive and helpful, Thank you!

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Review -Therapist is amazing!
Reviewed on 24 September 2014 by M.G from Body Renewal Fourways Gardiner

Therapist, treatment, Nicole is well informed, professional and friendly as well as knowledgeable. An absolute pleasure to deal with. Nicole is one of your very best therapists. You are lucky to have her.

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Review -Absolutely love Skin and Body Renewal Brooklyn
Reviewed on 10 September 2014 by C. J from Body Renewal Brooklyn

Staff are super friendly, I am always greeted by name. Facials by Andrea are awesome and so relaxing. I will recommend it to anyone!

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Review -Ek voel welkom en rustig!
Reviewed on 6 September 2014 by Anonymous

Ek word as 'n individu behandel en nie net soos nog 'n nommer nie. Die Span luister as ek praat en gee goeie ingeligte raad. Sy ken haar vakgebied en is beslis 'n aanwans vir Skin & Body Renewal!

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Review -Christine inspireer my baie!
Reviewed on 6 September 2014 by Anette Marais

Ek geniet die om na Willowbridge toe te kom, want sy inspireer my baie! Sy is 'n baie aangename persoon. Ek was nog net 2 keer by haar, maar die voel of ons mekaar al lank ken. Sy gee baie goed raad en leiding!

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Review -Very happy experience!
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Willem Van der Vyver

I've been coming to this branch for over two years. The service I received makes you feel so at home! Staff always treat you with respect and ensure that your health is always their number 1 priority. The three-monthly visit for maintenance check-in is always an experience to remember.

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Review -Wonderful service with Christine
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Kelly Wilsnach

Every visit to Willowbridge Body Renewal is very pleasant! Service with a smile at all times, Keep up the great work!

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Review -Baie Goeie Diens!
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Helena Herbert

Ek besoek gereeld vir die span en dit is elke keer 'n hoogtepunt in my week. Haar opgewekte persoonlikheid en vriendelike diens is elke keer spesiaal. Baie dankie! Dit voel soos 'n kuier saam met 'n spesiale vriendin!

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Review -Ongelooflik fantasties by Christine!
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Marizanne Fourie

Ek was +- 'n jaar terug op Body Renewal Diet ook hier by Willowbridge, maar my ervaring van elke keer by iemend anders te weeg was vir my bietjie "demotivating"... maar by Christine sien ek uit om te kom weeg! Sy motiveer my en is altyd opgewek en "excited" om 'n mens aantemoedig! Body Renewal Diet en Christine is 'n wen kombinasie, Dankie baie!

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Review -Product is good, but Christine is better!
Reviewed on 4 September 2014 by Shareefa Natha

I am very delighted to say that in my 61 years (most of which was a battle with weight), this is the first therapist that really made me feel important and she's really concerned about my progress. Maybe the product is good, but my therapist is better!

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Review -You can really talk to Christine
Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Elmarie

The Willowbridge team is very friendly and you feel like you can really talk to her. She goes out of her way to help and really knows her stuff!

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Review -Great service!
Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Lidea Meyer

Christine that assist with my Body Renewal Diet programme is always professional and provides great service!

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Review -Great service!
Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Lidea Meyer

The Willowbridge team that assists with my Body Renewal Diet is always professional and provides great service!

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Review -Altyd op my gemak!
Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Corné Coetzee

Die Span is baie vriendelik en hulpvaardig! Sy het 'n spontane geaardheid en laat jou altyd op jou gemak voel!

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Review -Lost 24kg and still going strong!
Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Anonymous

Christine at Willowbridge Body Renewal gives wonderful service and is very supportive. She is great lady, and I love to come and weight & get motivated all the time! I've lost 24kg, and still going strong!

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Review -Suksesvolle gewigsverlies!
Reviewed on 2 September 2014 by Karien Jooste

'n Motiverende sessie wat individuele "esteem" lig deur Willowbridge. Die onderliggende aanname word deurgaans gevolg dat sukses binne jou bereiek is en dat ek 'n wenner kan wees. Christine is die regte "advocate" vir suksesvolle gewigsverlies wat my as persoon "lig" en laat voortbeur om my doel te bereik!

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Review -Excellent service as always!
Reviewed on 26 August 2014 by Anonymous

She has always been a pleasure to deal with, always accommodating and very informative of all products available (old and new). Excellent service as always!

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Review -One of the wisest choices that I have ever made in my entire life
Reviewed on 13 July 2011 by Beryl Coetzee

At the beginning of July 2011, after suffering years of pain caused by a condition known as Polymyalgia, I came to hear of research that had been done by medical practitioners which was also being investigated by a clinic group known as Skin Renewal. I made enquiries and was advised to make an appointment with one of the doctors in attendance at one of the clinics in the Cape Town area. I did so and was referred to the clinic situated in the Willowbridge Shopping Centre. This turned out to be one of the wisest choices that I have ever made in my entire life.

My first appointment was with a most gracious and petite Dr Toni van der Merwe. After a fairly comprehensive question/answer examination, she had to drop the bombshell. This 162cm lump weighing 90kg was going to pose a problem and very kindly she told me that, unless I was prepared to get rid of a fair amount of weight, there would be no point in attempting to start treatment for Polymyalgia. This is where I was introduced to the Body Renewal Diet.

Dr Van der Merwe pulled no punches when explaining to me exactly what this programme entailed. I was then required to take a firm decision as to whether or not I was prepared to go the whole way and to take my weight loss programme seriously. I took the decision to take it very seriously. I was weighed, measured and photographed and then given the opportunity to decide what I felt that I should weigh. I wasn’t too sure about what my weight should be, but decided what clothing size I would like to comfortably fit into. Dr Toni agreed with me that she felt the size I had chosen was probably correct and together we decided on an appropriate weight.

To cut a long story short, I reached my goal weight within a period of four months. When I had to return for my “after” photographs, Dr Toni was away on leave and I was then seen by Dr Dalize Willemse. Once again, a most pleasant consultation with a real professional, and just on two years later, even though I did have a slight relapse after the first year and gained six kilograms, by returning to the programme, have once again lost the excess weight and I am still on my goal weight.

The outstanding and professional treatment which I received from all the staff at this outstanding clinic and the results which have been obtained has absolutely turned my life around. I have a zest for life and cope pretty well with my hectic schedule. Even now, when I am in the Western Cape and happen to be at the Willowbridge Centre, I pop in to greet the staff and am greeted by them all by name and as though my presence has just made their day. Real professionals!

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