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MV Nutrition has helped over 3,000 clients in the San Francisco Bay Area lose weight and 84% of the clients have kept the weight off after one year. We are San Francisco's premier weight loss clinic.

Our team provides customized meal plans based on your individual food preferences including regular or non-restrictive diets, vegan diets, vegetarian diets, gluten-free diets, and more.

MV Nutrition offers a variety of programs using Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to treat nutrition health-related issues such as weight management, cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
We provide our patients with meal plans, exercise plans, and lifestyle changes using cognitive therapy and motivational interviewing. The programs consist of an initial nutritional assessment, anthropometric measurements, resting metabolic rate measurements, body fat percent measurements, nutrient analyses, educational materials, personalized meal plans, exercise plans, and continuous support through follow up visits. The program has been proven to promote positive changes in one's eating habits while achieving one’s nutritional goals in a healthy and realistic manner.

Weight Loss

The adult weight loss program at MV Nutrition has been proven to promote positive changes in people's eating habits while achieving their weight loss goals in a healthy and realistic manner. People who have completed the MV Nutrition program using the Whole Body Reboot program have successfully achieved the following results through lifestyle modifications.

Over a 3 month Weight Loss program at MV nutrition

Female Male
Weight Loss Lost up to 23 lbs
Average loss is 13.5 lbs
Lost up to 35 lbs
Average loss is 15.5 lbs
Waist Circumference Loss Lost up to 5.1 inches
Average loss is 38 ± 1.3
Lost up to 4 inches
Average loss is 2.8 ± 1.2
Body Fat Percent Loss Lost up to 3.9%
Average loss is 2.4 ± 1.5
Lost up to 4%
Average loss is 2.6 ± 1.4
Bmi decrease Lost up to 3.8
Average loss is 2.3 ± 1.5
Lost up to 4.7
Average loss is 2.2 ± 2.5

The average decrease in Cholesterol is 44.2 mg/dL (± 35.0).
The average increase in High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL) is 3.5 mg/dL (± 9.3).
The average decrease in Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) is 40.0 mg/dL (± 24.6).

Weight Maintenance after Weight Loss

MV Nutrition surveyed 70 past weight loss participants. After one year of losing weight,

• 84% of the people surveyed have maintained their weight loss.
• Out of the 84%, 45% fluctuate between zero to ten pounds weight gain. Fluctuations can be attributed to holidays, stress at work and vacations but these people emphasize that they know how to get back on track.
• 7% of the people surveyed gained 10 to 15 pounds back after weight loss. And 4 out of the 70 individuals surveyed gained all the weight back. Three out of the 4 did not complete the program.

Behaviors reported by former participants who have successfully maintained their reduction in weight:

• Most eat breakfast.
• Most do not skip meals.
• Most continue to combine food groups when eating.
• Most continue to eat low-fat food choices most of the days of the week.
• 60% still keep a food record.
• Most get a good night's sleep most days of the week.
• Most dine out less than 5 meals per week.

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Several PPO/HMO, medical groups, and Medicare are accepted. Please call to find out if your visits are covered by your insurance company. You must obtain a physician's referral for reimbursement for your medical nutrition therapy sessions.

Additional Savings for Nutrition Services through Tax-Favored Health Savings Vehicles

Individuals who are beneficiaries of health savings vehicles (HSAs) of which they, their family members or employers have set aside pretax dollars (i.e. flexible spending accounts, health reimbursement arrangements and the newly created health savings accounts) may also benefit because these vehicles use the IRS definitions of allowable medical expense deductions. This means consumers achieve savings on medically valid nutrition services by using their pretax health reimbursement account dollars. In particular, the same expenses that are allowable for tax deductions for weight-loss programs also apply to HSAs, according to IRS publications2. Like 401(K) plans but for healthcare, HSAs allow individuals to accumulate dollars to spend on future health-care costs. Congress passed into law the creation of HSAs in the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, effective January 1, 2004. The statute requires that HSAs be linked with at least a $1,000 deductible health plan for individuals and at least a $2,000 deductible health plan for families, which are referred to as a high-deductible health plan. An added feature of HSAs is that money is not lost if it is unused at the end of the year – the money can be rolled over and used for health care costs in future years.

Nutrition Services Can Be Tax Deductible

The Internal Revenue Service ruled in April 2002 that “uncompensated amounts paid by individuals for participation in a weight-loss program as treatment for a specific disease or diseases (including obesity) diagnosed by a physician are expenses for medical care that are deductible, subject to certain limitations. The cost of purchasing diet food items is not deductible.” This ruling allows taxpayers who pay for services related to their disease or weight condition to deduct those expenses.

Deductible medical expenses can include items such as bariatric surgery, approved weight-loss drugs and nutrition counseling services. Now that the IRS has defined obesity itself as a disease, taxpayers are able to deduct medical expenses related to obesity treatment ordered by a physician.

To take a deduction, a taxpayer must have participated in a weight-loss program for medically valid reasons. Simply joining a gym or a weight control program to "improve the taxpayer's appearance, general health and sense of well-being" without the guidance of a physician is not sufficient.

The tax code indicates that total medical expenses must exceed 7.5 percent of an individual’s adjusted gross income and can only be taken by taxpayers who itemize their deductions. This means that a person with an AGI of $50,000 would be able to deduct medical expenses that exceed $3,750. Many individuals do not, however, have enough medical expenses to qualify for a deduction. According to an IRS study, only 5 percent of taxpayers deducted any medical expenses in 2000. Taxpayers are advised to consult with professionals before taking any deductions in this area.

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Here at MV Nutrition, we want our clients to optimize their health rather than simply lose weight. Whole Body Reboot is fundamentally based on respecting, nurturing, and optimizing your body’s best practices. Manuel’s customized approach emphasizes the importance of a diet based on superfoods. The benefits of superfoods vary widely, and include but are not limited to: fighting cancer and reducing chronic inflammation, boosting energy stores and enhancing memory, strengthening metabolism for optimal fat-burning and efficiency. These foods truly have it all.

• Longevity – each featured superfood packs antioxidants for anti-aging, disease-fighting benefits
• Energy – these superfoods build strength, stamina, and sexual drive
• Brain foods – superfoods also boost brain health by increasing mood, alertness, and memory to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease
• Immunity – dense with potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals, these superfoods also help prevent chronic diseases
• Detoxifying – Superfoods are free of toxins and rich in free radical scavengers, which help purify the liver and provide whole-body benefits

Science behind Whole Body Reboot

The science behind the foods Whole Body Reboot encourages superfoods, and is based on the components found within them. These components are in the form of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory phytochemicals, good heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. When these are regularly consumed, optimal nourishment follows. Studies have shown that superfoods may lower rates of obesity and diabetes, metabolic syndrome, among others. The benefits of consuming superfoods are astonishing: from fighting cancer and reducing chronic inflammation, to boosting energy and enhancing memory, overall strengthening your metabolism for optimal fat-burning and efficiency – these foods have it all.

Improved heart health by providing protection against hypertension, heart attacks, stroke, and high cholesterol. Omega-3s and anti-inflammatory fats can lower triglycerides and blood pressure and monounsaturated fats help reduce cholesterol and risk of heart disease.

Disease-fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals act as free radical scavengers and contain anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, and increase immune system support.

Antiaging vitamins and nutrients help increase vitality, longevity, energy, and improve memory, vision, skin, and sexual drive.

Digestive health through probiotics and fiber, which help reduce bloating, gas, and stomach pain and cramps.

Macronutrient Distribution

Unlike other recent diets, which advocated a lower allowance of carbohydrates, or high protein and low fat diet. Whole Body Reboot recommends a healthy range of macronutrients, one that ensures you’re getting enough protein, carbohydrates, fat and nutrients for proper brain, metabolic and bodily functions that will prevent muscle breakdown, curb appetite and provide enough energy throughout the day. It’s about customization. Manuel will customize a macronutrient distribution to effectively lose weight. Keep in mind that this proven approach not about calorie counting—it’s a way to lose weight and become all around healthier by incorporating optimally nutritious foods, such as superfoods, into your everyday diet.

Manuel’s approach ensures that you’re consuming the appropriate amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fat and nutrients for proper brain, metabolic and bodily functions. While many diets advocate the restriction of carbohydrates, Whole Body Reboot promotes the levels of carbs required for proper brain function and maintenance of glucose and insulin levels. Remember, when brain function is compromised and glucose levels plummet, ghrelin kicks in and may lead to overeating and weight gain. In fact, this is one of the primary reasons as to why so many quick-fix diets and meal skipping always seem to fail in the end. In contrast, Whole Body Reboot actively works to combat these ghrelin spikes by encouraging more frequent meals, and not imposing macronutrient restrictions.

Carbohydrates: This group includes grains, starches, fruits, vegetables, milks and sugars. When it comes to carbs, we say “eat the rainbow” meaning, mix it up with as many colors and kinds of fruits, grains and veggies as you can find. Eating carbs is necessary for normal brain function and to provide fuel for exercise and various daily activities. Fiber carbohydrates help control cravings and hunger throughout the day.

Protein: This group includes all meats and vegetable meats, like tofu, seitan and legumes. Here, we’ll educate you about lean and very lean meats so you can always make the best choice to maximize your weight loss. Protein protects your muscles from breaking down as you lose weight, helps keep your metabolism going and helps control hunger when eating less calories to lose weight.

Fats: Contrary to popular opinion, you are allowed to eat fats on a diet. Just make sure to primarily focus on avocados, olive oil, nut butters and other heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory fats. Heart healthy fats can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and as they are anti-inflammatory, they can help prevent and relieve chronic pain and inflammation. Omega-3 and other polyunsaturated fats are part of a healthy meal plan.


Ghrelin is a hormone only discovered about a decade ago and its implications in our understanding of weight loss are nothing short of astounding. Its primary function is to drive appetite as a survival mechanism. So while we’ve all lived under the idea that dieting and weight loss is based on will power, new research shows that how we eat is often beyond our control. Because we’re ruled by a powerful hormone that exists to make us eat, we must learn to work with our physiology rather than fighting it. Not until we understand ghrelin and its processes can we eat in a manner that aids—not sabotages—weight loss. And unfortunately, many of our go-to strategies, like dieting, skipping meals and exercising up a storm actually trigger ghrelin and hinder our ability to lose weight. With Manuel’s approach, clients are often directed to eat more frequently, sometimes in quantities they may not even desire, or have been conditioned to reject. The reality is, only by feeding ghrelin can we stave off its appetite-inducing power.

In addition to understanding what ghrelin is, it’s important to recognize the multitude of scenarios that can trigger it. For example, when we lose weight, ghrelin spikes. When we skip meals, ghrelin spikes. When we don’t have a proper balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, ghrelin spikes. And maybe most shockingly, when women exercise, ghrelin spikes. Imagine the reaction of most Americans upon learning that eating too little and relying on exercise can lead to weight gain.

Mindfulness of Eating

Mindful eating starts with developing a healthy relationship with food. After all, weight loss and weight management are not, and should not be, based on counting calories. Instead, Manuel’s approach stresses the importance of appropriate portions and serving sizes, and eating a balanced diet predominantly comprised of nutritionally-rich superfoods. Put simply, health is a lifestyle rather than a diet plan. Embark on a mission to better understand your body’s hunger cues, your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your limits.

Let this knowledge empower you to initiate a change. Enough of the fad diets and restrictions. Start living with a newfound awareness of how to eat based on Whole Body Reboot’s core principles. Prioritize your health, eat to nourish your body at the right times, and manage your stress load on a regular basis. All facets of robust health ought to be tended to in order to optimize your health and weight.

Whole Body Reboot fosters mindful eating stemming from the fact that this approach frees you from guilt, emotional eating, boring meals and hunger pangs.

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