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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a selection of frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions or concerns, please always feel free to email us at nutritionist@almased.co.uk.

 

Where can I purchase Almased?

Almased can be purchased from Boots, Lloyds, Amazon, Diabetes.co.uk or your local independent pharmacy.

How much does Almased cost?

Our original Almased retails at Ā£18.99. Each 500g container of Almased equates to 10 meal replacements.

What are the side effects of Almased?

There are no negative side effects experienced with Almased, only positive benefits. Such benefits have been published in more than 40 international medical journals. Over 25 years of clinical research has confirmed the effectiveness of Almased with regards to weight loss, weight maintenance and overall health. Aside from weight loss, other notable benefits include: fat loss without loss of essential muscle, improved energy levels, improved blood sugar management, healthy blood pressure and thyroid function.

Is Almased good for losing weight?

Almased is a meal replacement used for the purpose of weight loss and weight maintenance. It is Germany's No.1 best-selling meal replacement supported by over 25 years of rigorous scientific research. Clinical testing has highlighted superior weight loss results in participants using Almased compared to those engaged in a low-fat diet.

Can Almased make you gain weight?

Almased is a meal replacement which is primarily for weight loss or weight maintenance. Used correctly by following our tailored weight loss programmes, you will not gain weight. Optimum results are achieved when Almased is used alongside a balanced, calorie-controlled diet.

If your goal is to gain healthy weight, then Almased can be used as a supplement to your existing diet. Almased is a high protein, nutrient-rich product that can be consumed to further enrich your daily nutritional intake.

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 a daily Almased shake.

How do I store Almased?

Once opened, Almased can be stored at room temperature. We advise that Almased is stored in a cool, dark place, such as the kitchen cupboard.

Can I make my shake and drink it later?

Due to the active enzymes contained in Almased, we advise that it is made fresh and consumed within 20 minutes.

What do you mix with Almased?

Almased can be mixed with 250-350ml of water or 200ml of low-fat milk, unsweetened almond or soya milk. We also recommend adding 2 tsps of an essential oil such as flaxseed, rapeseed, olive or walnut to ensure an adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids. As Almased is neutral in taste, you can also flavour your shake with low-calorie ingredients such as cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa powder, berries, coffee, vanilla or almond extracts.

Can I drink tea or coffee during the Almased programme?

Yes, you can consume up to 2 cups of coffee or tea per day with no added sugar or low-fat milk. We do suggest that you limit caffeine intake, so it's preferable to choose decaffeinated varieties, herbal, fruit or green teas.

Can I mix Almased with fruit juices?

Almased should be mixed with 200-350ml of water, or 200ml of low-fat milk or an unsweetened plant-based milk, such as soya or almond. We would not advise mixing with fruit juice 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 mix Almased with hot liquids?

We do not advise mixing Almased with hot liquids because extreme temperature variation can change the proteins contained in Almased and reduce their solubility, digestibility and bioavailability as well as destroying the enzymes and important vitamins and minerals.

Can I eat fruit during the Almased programme?

We do not advise to remove fruit from your diet as they contain many important nutrients which the body needs. During the initial phase of the programme, we advise to limit the consumption of fruits high in sugar (banana, mango, cherries, dried fruits, fruits canned in syrup) as they can have a negative impact on weight loss. Fruits such as berries and citrus fruits are preferred; they are high in water, fibre and lower in sugar.

Can I buy vegetable soup for the Initiation Phase?

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. Remember that 1 serving of soup is equivalent to half a can.

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.

What does a healthy meal consist of?

Almased should be used in conjunction with a balanced diet. Regular meals should be nutritionally balanced and about 500-600 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 consumpion of refined sugars such as white rice, pasta, white bread, confectionery goods, cakes or any overly processed, fried or takeaway foods. These will be higher in fat, sugar, as well as salt and will contain minimal vitamins and minerals. A variety of healthy meals can be found on our recipe page and in our figure plan brochure.

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 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 essentual as these fats 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 recommend including 2 teaspoons of flaxseed, olive, rapeseed or walnut oil to each shake, to enure an adequate intake of these essential fatty acids. if you do supplement with either a daily fish oil, evening primrose or flaxseed oil, then it is not necessary to add oil to each Almased shake.

What is the glycaemic index of Almased?

The glycaemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods (1-100) and is based on how quickly sugars are absorbed 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 a healthy weight. Almased has a very low GI of 27 and an extremely low glycaemic load of 4.

Can I consume Almased if I have Diabetes?

Almased can be safely consumed by people with Diabetes, due its very low glycaemic index and exceptionally low glycaemic load. It should be consumed in conjunction with a balanced diet and alongside insulin and anti-diabetic medications. Almased is proven effective for weight loss and to reduce long-term blood glucose levels and insulin demand; findingd which have been confirmed in robust clinical trials. When taken daily, Almased can be an effective tool for managing Diabetes, or equally, reducing the risk of the condition.

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

Yes, over 25 years of vigorous scientific research has been conducted on Almased. This research has been undertaken by renowned universities and global medical institutions. The results of these studies have been published in more than 40 respected international scientific journals such as, The International Journal of Obesity, The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Diabetes Care and Nutrients. Such clinical research is available on request.

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

Soya does contain phytoestrogens (isoflavones). For some people, phytoestrogens may act as a weak form of the human hormone oestrogen; the strength of isofavones are over 10,000 times weaker than than of oestrogen and moreover, they function very differently in the body. Indications of any potentially harmful effects from isoflavones have been noted only in laboratory and rodent studies, when high levels of isoflavones have been used. 50g serving of Almased provides a safe and healthy amount of soya and subsequently, relatively low amounts of isoflavones. Research has also highlighted how isoflavones are thought to benefit the body through their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties. Over 25 years of clinical testing on Almased, has shown that when combined with a balanced diet, the soya protein, enzyme-rich honey and yogurt provide numerous health benefits without any adverse hormonal effects.

Will Almased affect my thyroid?

There is some evidence that the consumption of soya products may affect thyroid function and inhibit the absorption of thyroid medication. However, our studies indicate no negtive correlation between thyroid medication and the intake of Almased, if the medication is taken as pescribed. We advise to take Almased at least 30 minutes from consumption of thyroid medication to allow 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.