The Founders

The founders of the Metabolic Balance® Nutrition Concept

† Dr. med. Wolf Funfack

Wolf Funfack

Dr. Wolf Funfack dedicated his life to the research and treatment of obesity and diet related diseases. At his practice in southern Germany, he began treating several patients with obesity and pre-diabetes. At first he used traditional methods of treatment, but out of necessity, he was compelled to develop his own programme. He lived strictly by his own programme before he began treating his patients with individual nutrition plans. He continued to follow his own programme and successfully treated others right up until his death.

  • Born 1946 in Erlangen, married with 4 children
  • Studied Medicine in Erlangen and Berlin, Graduated in 1975
  • Dissertation in „Obesity in infancy and early childhood“
  • 1974–1983 : Qualified as a Medical Consultant for Internal Medicine
  • Worked as specialist of Internal Medicine at his own medical practice in Isen, southern Germany from 1983–2008 (Implemented numerous metabolic and nutritional programmes on patients from 1983)
  • Certification as a Doctor for Internal and Nutritional Medicine
  • Additional qualification: NLP-Master, Professor in Kinesiology, A & B-Diploma, Training in Family and Systemic Constellations (Bert Hellinger)
  • 2001 Development of the Nutritional Concept Metabolic Balance® and the foundation of Metabolic Balance GmbH & Co. KG, 2002
  • 2010 Introduction of 'Corporate Health Management' for Business
  • 2011 HAWARD award winner (German BGM Health Award)
  • From 2012 Metabolic Balance® Preventitive Health Manager
  • Member of the HAWARD Jury (Health AWARD 2013)

Silvia Bürkle

Silvia Bürkle

Silvia Bürkle is a Food Technologist. During her time in the food industry, she soon understood the relationship between supermarket foods an poor nutrition. Sylvia therefore, became the mastermind behind the plan. After nights of painstaking work, she classified foods by their components and allocated nutrients to symptoms of deficiency. With this knowledge, she went on to create the framework for the computer programme on which all Metabolic Balance® food plans are based.

  • Born 1962 in Bruchsal, married with 2 children
  • Studied Food Technology at Sigmaringen. Graduated in 1988
  • 1988–2003 Product development and Quality Assurance
  • Dietary advice to health insurance companies (IKK, TKK, Barmer)
  • Management of full-time wholefood cookery course
  • Lecturer at Naturopath Colleges and Educational Establishments
  • Co-development of the Metabolic Balance® Nutritional Concept and the foundation of Metabolic Balance GmbH & Co. KG, 2002
  • Author of several Metabolic Balance® recipe books

Birgit Funfack

Birgit Funfack

Birgit Funfack is a qualified naturopath and is the interface between medicine and technology. It was Birgit that introduced her husband Dr. Wolf Funfack to her sister Sylvia Bürkle and made them aware of the powerful relationship between nutrition and metabolism. Today she is the managing director of Metabolic Balance® and ensures that the vision of Dr. Wolf Funfack is always continued and further developed.

  • Born 1953 in Augsburg, married with 2 children
  • Graduated as a Naturopath in 1992
  • Established her own Naturopath Practice for Alternative Medicine in Isen, 1993
  • NLP-Master, Psychokinesiology and Systemics
  • From 2002 to present, Managing Director of Metabolic Balance GmbH & Co. KG


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