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    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.

    Reduce with Body Renewal Medical Weight loss program.

    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.

    Body Renewal Medical Weight loss program, 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 Body Renewal Medical Weight loss program 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 Body Renewal Medical Weight loss 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 -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, Bernice, 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 slender wonder 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 Slender Wonder 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 Slender Wonder 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 -Bernice goes out of her way to make you comfortable!
    Reviewed on 31 October 2014 by Anonymous

    I really have to compliment Bernice on her great product and treatment knowledge. She is excellent at product sales and her approach is from a place of knowledge and showing she understands her customer's needs and not just trying to sell something. She really listens well and treats one with great confidence. She goes out of her way to make you comfortable and makes sure she inflicts the least amount of pain... where possible. It has been a great experience so far and I am looking forward to becoming a regular at customer of Body Renewal Stellenbosch with Bernice as my therapist.

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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 Slender Wonder 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! Slender Wonder 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 Slender Wonder 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 Slender Wonder programme 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 Slender Wonder Programme.

    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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