FAQ: Questions and answers on diet and weight loss with Almased

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I purchase Almased®?

Almased® can be purchased at your local Boots pharmacy or online at Boots.com.

CAN I FLAVOUR MY ALMASED® SHAKE?

Yes, because Almased® contains no artificial flavours and is neutral in taste you can flavour your shake as you wish. You can add ingredients such as unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon, flaxseeds or even vanilla or almond extracts.

Can I drink tea or coffee during the Almased® programme?

Yes, you can have 1-2 cups of coffee or tea per day with no added sugar. Caffeine is believed to raise levels of the hormone Cortisol, which can prevent the body from breaking down fat. Opt for decaffeinated varieties or herbal teas.

CAN I MIX ALMASED® WITH FRUIT JUICES?

Almased® should be mixed with either 200ml of low-fat milk or 200-350ml of water. We would not advise to mix with fruit juices due to the high sugar content many contain. Fruit juices will increase the calorific value of each shake and may hinder your weight loss efforts.

Can I eat fruit during the Almased® programme?

We do not advise to remove fruit from your diet as they contain many important nutrients the body needs. During the 14-day figure plan, we advise to limit the consumption of fruits high in sugar which can have a negative impact on weight loss. Fruits such as berries are preferred, they are high in water, fibre and low in sugar.

DO I HAVE TO REPLACE ALL THREE MEALS WITH ALMASED®?

For the first three days, Almased® should replace all of your meals. Vegetable soup (optional snack) can also be consumed if desired. However, if you do find this phase too difficult, you will still experience weight loss by replacing two daily meals with Almased® in conjunction with one balanced regular meal over the course of these three days.

WHAT IS THE GLYCAEMIC INDEX OF ALMASED®?

The glycaemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods (1-100) and is based on the rate of absorption of sugars into the bloodstream and its overall effect on blood sugar levels. Foods with a lower GI have been found to help improve satiety, promote healthier blood sugar levels and can help maintain healthy weight. Almased® has a very low GI of 27 and an extremely low glycaemic load of 4.

CAN I MIX ALMASED® IN MY TEA OR COFFEE?

No. Almased® cannot be mixed with hot liquids because extreme temperature change, whether higher or lower, can change the proteins and reduce their solubility, digestibility and bioavailability as well as destroy the enzymes in Almased®.

Can I buy ready-made vegetable soup?

Home-made vegetable soup is preferable. Our simple and tasty recipe can be found on our website and inside each can of Almased®. If you are unable to make the soup, then choose ready made vegetable soups that have no added sugar and are low in salt. Check the label and choose soups with a salt content that does not exceed 1.0g per 100g serving. 0.3g per 100g or less is most preferred.

Why do I need oil in my diet?

Fat is a very important dietary component. It provides you with energy, protects vital organs, insulates the body and aids in the absorption of vitamins such as A,D,K and E. Saturated fats from animal products are those that should be consumed in moderation however, unsaturated types (omega-3 and omega-6) are essential as these fast cannot be made by the body - we have to obtain it through our diet. Essential fatty acids can assist in the maintenance of blood cholesterol levels and have a positive influence on heart health and cognitive function. We therefore recommend to include 2 teaspoons of flaxseed, olive, rapeseed or walnut oil to each shake to ensure an adequate intake of these essential fatty acids.
If you do however, supplement daily with fish oils or evening primrose oil, then it is not necessary to add oil to each shake.

Once Almased has been opened does it have to be kept in the fridge?

Once opened it is fine to store at room temperature. It is advised that Almased® is stored in a cool, dark place such as your kitchen cupboard.

Can I make my Almased® shake and drink it later?

No. Due to the active enzymes in Almased®, it should be made fresh and consumed within 20 minutes.

Who will benefit most from the Almased diet?

Almased® can be used as a meal replacement any time of the day for the purpose of weight loss or weight maintenance.
Those involved in physical activity can also benefit from Almased®, it can be used as a pre or post snack to fuel performance and aid recovery. Almased® is also suitable for vegetarians and can be consumed by people with Diabetes due to it’s very low glycaemic index and exceptionally low glycaemic load.

What is the recommended serving?

You should mix 50g (5 heaped tablespoons) of Almased® powder with 200-350ml of water or 200ml of low-fat milk, unsweetened soya or almond milk. We also advise to add 2 optional teaspoons of essential fatty acids to each shake i.e. flaxseed, walnut, olive or rapeseed oil.

What does a healthy meal consist of?

Almased® should be used in conjunction with a balanced diet. Regular meals should be nutritionally balanced and contain about 500-700 calories. Meals should consist of lean proteins (chicken, turkey), fish, eggs or plant-based proteins such as tofu, chickpeas, pulses or legumes. In addition, it is important to consume a variety of vegetables and wholegrain carbohydrates (brown rice, wholegrain bread, pasta, oats). Try to limit the consumption of refined sugars such as white rice, pasta, white bread, confectionery goods, cakes or any overly processed, fried or take away foods. These will be higher in fat, sugar as well as salt and may also contain harmful additives. A variety of healthy meals can be found on our recipe page.

Can I use an artificial sweetener during the Almased® programme?

We advise to limit the consumption of low-calorie artificial sweeteners as some contain ingredients which may harm your body. Natural sweeteners such as Stevia® are better options. However, we advise there use in moderation as research has found that they can stimulate hunger pangs and excessive amounts can be stored in the body as fat.

Can I continue to take a multi-vitamin during the Almased® programme?

Yes, you can continue using a multi-vitamin during and after the programme. Almased® contains high levels of vitamins and minerals, therefore a high-potency multi-vitamin can be taken every other day should you wish. We do suggest obtaining these nutrients from your diet and using supplements as a secondary source.

Will Almased® interact with my medications?

No, Almased® is an natural nutritional food and does not effect any medications. However, we do advise you talk to your doctor before beginning any diet programme. In addition, we recommend seeing your doctor 6-8 weeks into the diet for a check-up and to see whether your medication needs to be adjusted.

I have read that soya may have a negative effect on hormones. Is Almased® safe to take?

Soya does contain isoflavones which can affect estrogen levels in the body. However, the strength of isoflavones is over 10,000 times weaker than that of estrogen and moreover, they function very differently in the body. Isoflavones are thought to benefit the body through their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties. A 50g serving of Almased® provides a safe and healthy amount of soya. It is both non-GMO and fermented, which means that it is better absorbed by the body, which in turn enables greater bioavailability of nutrients. The 25 years of clinical testing on Almased® has shown that the soya protein, enzyme-rich honey and yogurt provides numerous health benefits without any adverse hormonal effects.

Will Almased® affect my thyroid?

Theoretically, consumption of soya products may inhibit the absorption of thyroid hormones. However, we have not seen any negative correlation between thyroid medication and the intake of Almased®, if the medication is taken as prescribed. We advise to take Almased® 30 minutes away from thyroid medication to allow for full absorption. If you are uncertain, you can always talk to your doctor and schedule an exam of your thyroid or thyroid hormone levels before and after the diet.

I am lactose intolerant, am I able to consume Almased®?

Almased® has minimal amounts of lactose and because of the special fermentation process, most lactose sensitive people are able to tolerate the product well. If you are lactose intolerance or allergic to soya, milk or honey, talk to your doctor or speak to our Almased® nutritionists on 0207 969 1886.

Why are the bioactive peptides in Almased® important?

Peptides are specific proteins found naturally in foods. Importantly, fermentation of foods such as milk and soya further enhance the properties of the peptides they contain. Scientists have discovered that one particular extensively researched peptide known as Lunasin was found to exhibit anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immune system and general cell health properties. Researchers believe that this particular peptide also plays a significant role in fat metabolism, helping to prevent the storage of fat in the body.

I have Type 2 diabetes, is Almased® suitable?

Yes. For many people with Type 2 Diabetes, Almased® combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise can help with any weight loss goal. Almased® contains a high proportion of plant based protein and a reduced carbohydrate content which results in the product having a low glycaemic index and an extremely low glycaemic load. As research has found, foods with low GI and GL are slowly absorbed into the body and ensure blood glucose levels are only raised slightly, while your body’s requirement for insulin is reduced. As a result of this lower insulin requirement, fat stores are utilised for energy making it easier for you to lose weight. Almased® has been scientifically proven to have a positive effect on weight loss and importantly, for those with Type 2 diabetes, improve glycaemic control.

Can I drink alcohol during the Almased® programme?

It is advised to limit consumption of alcohol during the Almased® programme. Alcohol is high in sugar and provides your body with 'empty calories'. The bitters in alcohol can also stimulate hunger and can result in unhealthy food choices. It is also known that alcohol slows down metabolic activity which can result in long-term weight gain.

Have Almased® and the claims made about weight loss been researched?

Yes, 25 years of vigorous scientific research has been conducted on Almased®. This research has been undertaken by renowned universities and medical institutions globally. The results of these studies have been published in respected international scientific journals such as The International Journal of Obesity and The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Such clinical research is available on request.

After reaching my weight loss goal with Almased®, must I spend the rest of my life eating strictly low-calorie meals?

No, when you lose weight with Almased®, our studies have shown that you lose fat and retain muscle. The retention of such muscle supports metabolic activity and is key to successful long-term weight maintenance. If you continue with a healthy lifestyle, eat sensibly and exercise regularly, this will stop you from going back to your old habits and gaining weight again. You can also continue incorporating Almased® into your new life by using it as a healthy nutritious snack or as a meal replacement to replace one of your daily meals.

Will I regain lost weight when I stop using Almased®?

This all depends on you and how you proceed with your lifestyle following the programme. Almased® is the beginning of a lifestyle change. If you return to the same lifestyle and poor eating habits that made you gain weight in the first place, inevitably, weight will return. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine along with healthy eating habits which can include Almased®.

Why should I take Almased® before and/or after my workout?

Exercise provides a signal for your body to build lean muscle mass and to break down fat. Taken beforehand, Almased®’s high quality protein and amino acids will help fuel performance. As exercise depletes your body of nutrients and damages muscle fibres, consuming 50g of Almased® post exercise will aid recovery and replenish nutrients for muscular health.