- Why do I need protein?
Proteins are the basic building blocks of every cell in your body. They are large compounds made of amino acids. In order to build, repair or rebuild enzymes and muscles, your body needs amino acids that can only be derived from protein. Protein is essential for weight loss because you lose muscle mass first when you diet, not fat. With Almased® you lose fat, not muscle.
- How is honey different than sugar?
Honey is a complex natural product, composed of over 80 single substances. Fructose and not glucose is the main ingredient in honey. Honey also has prebiotic functions. Prebiotics have beneficial effects on digestion and the immune system.
- What is the glycemic index (GI)?
The glycemic index is a measure of how the food you eat increases your blood sugar level. The lower the GI, the better for you. Raw table sugar and refined white bread have high glyemic indices. Almased® has a low glycemic index of 27 and an extremely low glycemic load of 3-4.
- What is the glycemic load (GL)?
The glycemic load is a ranking system that measures the impact of carbohydrate consumption by taking the GI and the portion size into account. GL gives a fuller picture than does GI alone. You need to know both things to understand a food's effect on blood sugar and that is where GL comes in. Almased® has a low glycemic load.
- What is leptin?
Leptin is a hormone that has a central role in fat metabolism. It was first discovered in 1994 and is produced by adipose tissue (fat tissue). Leptin affects your appetite. It signals to the brain that the body has had enough to eat. Even though leptin is generally a circulating signal that reduces appetite, some people with an unhealthy amount of weight have an unusually high concentration of leptin. These people are resistant to the effects of leptin. Almased® has been shown to support a healthy leptin level, thus making you feel full.
- Do people who are lactose intolerant have trouble taking Almased®?
Almased® has very minimal (trace) amounts of lactose and because of the special fermentation process, most lactose sensitive people do not have any problems. If, however, you are allergic to soy, yogurt or honey, talk to your doctor or speak to the Almased® nutritionist at 1-877-256-2733, ext. 3.
- Is Almased® gluten-free?
Yes, Almased® does not contain gluten and is therefore also suitable for people with celiac disease.
- Does Almased® contain any drugs, added caffeine, stimulants, or appetite suppressants?
No, Almased® is all-natural and has only 3 major ingredients: non-GMO fermented soy, skim milk yogurt powder and enzyme-rich honey. In addition, there are vitamins and minerals added. Almased® contains no artificial fillers, flavors, sugars or preservatives.
- Must I curb my activities during the Almased® Diet?
While on the Almased® Diet you will be fully capable of handling your normal workload and daily activities. Exercise is not necessary to have success on the program but can accelerate your weight loss and help with weight maintenance. Therefore, it is strongly recommended.
- Why do I have to consume 8-10 glasses of water per day?
About 72% of our body is water and we must constantly replenish this supply. Water, especially with minerals like magnesium and calcium, is needed to maintain a healthy metabolism because it is involved in almost every biochemical process in your body. Even when you are not on the Almased® Diet, a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water daily is recommended. If you do not consume mineral-rich water, you might want to consider taking magnesium, calcium and potassium supplements. Please talk to your doctor before using these supplements. We do not recommend consuming distilled water due to the loss of minerals within your body and food. Mineral-rich water, such as Gerolsteiner® and Vittel®, is an ideal choice.
- How much does Almased® cost?
If purchased through Almased USA, Inc., one 17.6 oz can of Almased® costs $37.95 and contains 10 servings. We also offer the Almased® Diet Kit which consists of 3 cans of Almased® (= 30 servings) as well as a measuring spoon for $109.95.
- How can I purchase Almased®?
You can purchase Almased® directly through us by calling 1-877-256-2733 toll-free or online at https://www.almased.com/order-now.aspx. We take major credit and debit cards or you can mail in a money order (http://www.almased.com/contact-us.aspx). You can also check out our store locator (http://www.almased.com/locations.aspx) to find a retailer in your area that carries Almased®.
- Why do I need oil in my diet?
Fat is the main energy supplier for the human organism. It is vital that you consume fatty acids of high quality, essential fatty acids (EFAs) such as omega-3 and omega-6, even when you are on a diet. EFAs help to improve your metabolism and may lower elevated cholesterol and high triglycerides. EFAs are also required for normal brain development and efficient brain function. They are also necessary for your body to fully absorb certain vitamins. Common EFAs are olive, flaxseed, walnut or canola oil. It is unhealthy to completely cut out those healthy fats from your diet. We therefore recommend 5-7 tsp of oil (such as flaxseed, olive, walnut and canola oil) per day. You can mix 1-2 tsp of oil in each Almased® shake. If you are on the liquid diet, you can also add the oil to the vegetable broth or use it to prepare your regular meals for the phases thereafter.
- What is ghrelin?
The tissue hormone ghrelin, which is produced by stomach cells, is an indicator of the sensation of satiety. Almased® supports the ghrelin level, thereby reducing appetite sustainably.
- Is the soy used in Almased® non genetically modified (non-GMO)?
Yes, the soy used in Almased® is non-GMO.