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What are the benefits of meal replacement shakes & drinks?

Written by Kevin, Nutritionist (M.Sc. Medical Science)

Topics at a glance:

1. Benefits of meal replacement shakes

2. Why are meal replacement shakes good for weight loss?

3. So, why choose Almased?

4. What will happen if you take Almased as part of your lifestyle change?

1. Benefits of meal replacements shakes

Meal replacement shakes have gained attention in recent years mainly due to their effectiveness in controlling weight. Evidence has also shown that they are a highly beneficial tool for weight loss in the short term (3-5 months) and weight maintenance in the long-term (up to 4 years).

Studies have proven how meal replacements can result in clinically relevant weight reduction of between 10-15% body weight and subsequent health benefits with regards to obesity-related diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes. Current research has even shown how meal replacement programmes can help people with Type 2 diabetes achieve remission of their condition. Many meal replacements for weight loss exist in today’s market, but few exhibit the necessary efficacy that we really need for our health and wellbeing.

Almased® is a meal replacement shake for weight loss, made from high quality soya, probiotic yogurt and enzyme-rich honey. Blending raw ingredients during a fermentation process creates a synergistic effect, with evidence supporting our original assertions when the product was created that Almased® has superior, positive effects on the metabolism. Indeed, research has confirmed the beneficial effects of Almased® on body weight, metabolism, performance levels and several diseases. Crucially, Almased® is not a short-lived fad diet, but is now an established component of a healthy lifestyle for many people worldwide. The combination of raw ingredients in Almased® produces synergistic effects. For example, analyses suggest that natural bioactive peptides are formed from the soya and yogurt protein that have beneficial effects on fat metabolism, promote healthy cell formation and preventing the deposition of fat in our body. Almased® is therefore very different to currently available meal replacements.

2. Why are meal replacement shakes good for weight loss?

Weight loss is about energy balance, in particular, creating an energy deficit. Meal replacement shakes have been formulated to be nutritionally sound and calorie-controlled (less than 250 calories per meal) with the intention of reducing total daily calorie intake. Importantly, they are also satiating, mainly due to the high amounts of protein they generally contain. Fortified with vitamins and minerals, they also provide optimum levels of essential nutrients which can be more nourishing than that of a typical daily meal.

Meal replacement programmes are simple, convenient and can be tailored to any lifestyle. Such diet regimes can also shape healthier eating habits for instance; following a diet programme can make you more aware of correct portion sizes and healthier food choices. These habits can become part of a person's daily routine following completion of a meal replacement programme and can result in healthy long-term weight maintenance.

Keep in mind that not all shakes are the healthiest. Some are filled with too much sugar and other additives, while others are priced at lower levels which begs the question, what is the quality of the raw ingredients I may be consuming? Important when it comes to meal replacements, you get what you pay for. So, do your research to ensure you’re obtaining the very best nutrition for your body. Pay attention to the claims that are being made about the efficacy of the product and investigate whether such claims can be substantiated, primarily by robust scientific evidence which has been conducted on the entire product itself, not simply on one component of the product. Success stories are great and many companies go to great lengths to obtain quick-fix solutions. What you really want to get out of a good meal replacement is healthy weight loss, long-term weight maintenance following weight loss, and a marked improvement in your general well-being.

3. So, why choose Almased?

  • Contains high-quality nourishing natural ingredients: soya, yogurt and enzyme-rich honey.
  • Less than 230 calories per serving and provides all essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Satiating due to its nourishing ingredients and optimum protein content.
  • Natural; no artificial flavours, fillers, preservatives or stimulants.
  • Our 14-Day and Long-Term diet plans are simple and convenient to follow and can be tailored to any weight loss goal.
  • Almased® makes it easier to lose weight and keep it off because it is low in calories, stimulates the fat burning process and keeps you feeling full for longer without the loss of your body’s essential muscle.

Clinical evidence

Based on much of our research, the German Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) conducted an interesting study using Almased, a low-glycaemic, protein-rich, isoflavone-rich meal replacement. In total, they enrolled 48 patients and provided an initial consultation to discuss energy balance and therapeutic lifestyle changes. Subsequently, the participants received Almased®, 1 g per kg normal weight twice a day. Among the 40 patients who completed the programme, significant results were seen in terms of weight loss and metabolic parameters notably, all completers lost weight (females -5.3%, males -5.6%) and had significant metabolic improvements (cholesterol, BMI, blood sugar, triglycerides). The IPM concept proved to be a successful way to lose weight and improve the metabolic environment associated with obesity in a short period. Moreover, it generated demonstrable health benefits after 6 weeks of intervention, even among a subgroup of patients with impaired glucose tolerance. Almased showed not only a calorie-sparing effect but provided potential health benefits, including reduced body fat, reduced hepatic fat, improved fatty acid metabolism (lowered plasma LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels), and decreased insulin resistance. In addition, health-related quality of life was also improved by the use of this meal replacement shake.

Almased's Clinical Research

4. What will happen if you take Almased as part of your lifestyle change?

So effective is Almased today, many scientists have presented their own thoughts on why Almased is unlike any other meal replacement for weight loss on the market today. How Almased will affect you, can be summarised from their clinical perspective:

Almased contains pure soya protein, yogurt and raw honey. A special processing method preserves the essential amino acids in Almased, vitally important to weight loss and maintenance.

Obesity is associated with a severely increased leptin level, which, in turn, is linked to insulin resistance and considered a cause of metabolic disorders, such as diabetes mellitus. Almased supports a healthy leptin level, thereby favourably influencing the risk factors of diseases such as these.

Almased supports healthy insulin levels, while stimulating fat reduction and inhibiting fat storage.

The tissue hormone ghrelin, which is produced by stomach cells, is an indicator of the feeling of satiety. Almased supports ghrelin levels, thereby reducing appetite for long periods.

Almased has a positive effect on the body fat vs. lean tissue ratio. If combined with physical activity, it can significantly reduce fat deposits around the abdomen and hips.

In a weight loss programme, Almased helps to burn body fat without reducing muscle mass.

Weight loss achieved with Almased is helpful in changing nutritional behaviour and keeps weight off long-term.

50 g of Almased per day supports healthy blood parameters (e.g. blood sugar, HbA1c value).

A weight loss programme with Almased supports healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

A weight loss programme with Almased lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

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