Getting to that “magic” number on the bathroom scale is an awesome achievement, but weight alone does not necessarily mean that we are metabolically healthy, however.

Metabolic health is defined by experts as having ideal levels of blood sugar, high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good”) cholesterol, triglycerides (a type of fat found in blood), blood pressure and waist circumference, and all without using medications.

These markers are linked to risks for diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

In fact, according to a recent study, one which looked at data from 8,721 adults from 2009 to 2016, only 12 percent of adults have optimal metabolic health.

Highlights

  •  Food cravings are powerful
  •  Eat more protein
  •  Drink more water
  • Get more sleep
  • Reduce stress
  • Try a 14-day modified fast

Food cravings are powerful. In fact, they can make the strongest person feel like Supergirl sitting at a dinner table built of kryptonite.

Whether for food, in general, or carbs — more likely — they can be intense, often caused by foods high in sugar or carbohydrates.

It's no wonder that these foods can be irresistible, since our desire for them is fueled by the addictive way they cause us to release feel-good chemicals in the brain, like serotonin and dopamine.

According to Michael Pollan, the most sensible diet plan is to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” That seems easy enough, but recent research about microflora in the gut suggests it’s not that simple. For some people, the wisest plan of action is to follow a whole-food, plant-based diet; others might fair best on keto; and some may do just fine on Pollan’s plan, with a few added treats every here and now. This suggests, the question we should be asking is not ‘what’s the best diet plan?’

Transitions can bring us from a place of discontent to one of satisfaction. As we embrace 2021, we’re welcoming positive change, but that idea can be a bit vague. Because we want you to achieve a healthy lifestyle, here are five ways you can improve your life this year.

In the 1960s, physician Max Maltz first popularized the concept that it takes a minimum of 21 days to transform an old mental image of ourselves into a new one. 

And he was right.

But there’s no shortage of skeptics and naysayers out there who’ll swear to you that the idea of a 21-day reset is a myth, and that it’ll take you a minimum of 66 days — to as many as 254 days — for new healthy habits to become automatic.

That’s a long time, and it’s really hard to believe that, as adaptable as humans are, it would really take that long to start on a new health journey.

Fortunately, these “It will take forever” folks aren’t taking into account how incredibly energizing it can be to see changes in ourselves, not only in our weight but in our habits as well, and how we are able to use those changes as the motivation we need to avoid diet pitfalls and achieve weight-loss success.

But very often people think that if they have a slow metabolism — or slower than they would like — then they’re doomed to a lifetime of crazy cravings, feeling sluggish and being overweight.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Whatever your health goals, with the right changes to your diet you can get your metabolism and energy levels back on track.

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To move off the “new you” starting line, all it takes is a nudge, and that’s where Almased’s 21-day reset plan comes in. 

We all know how wildly popular intermittent fasting is, so it’s probably not a surprise that this 21-day plan begins with a safe, modified fast.

It All Starts With a Nudge …  Fasting and the First 14 Days

That’s right, one great way to get started is with a safe and healthy fast.

In fact, research shows that fasting for a minimum of three days to a maximum of 14 days is sufficient to boost our metabolism and gain more energy.

Fasting, the right way, encourages our bodies to burn more fat while retaining muscle mass.

It’s important to keep in mind that fasting safely does not mean starving. 

Modified fasting is the safe way to fast, so you don’t starve yourself like other diets. Instead, you fill up on important nutrients that help you boost metabolism and encourage fat burn while retaining muscle mass.

In between shakes, it’s vital that you drink plenty of water to get rid of toxins, including a minimum of 4 cups of vegetable broth daily. 

For 14 days, replace your regular meals with high-protein Almased shakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Say no to sugary drinks. In between meals, drink plenty of water, including a minimum of 4 cups of veggie broth daily, to help curb cravings, rid toxins and reduce any extra water weight.

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And Ends With a Roar! … Losing Weight During Days 15 to 21

In this last week of our 21-day reset, you can begin to add back one meal a day. 

This way, making healthy food choices won’t seem so overwhelming. Plus you’ll learn what type of foods and what amount of food can cause your weight to fluctuate and which foods are better for you. It’ll help you change up your daily food choices, so you can experience continued weight loss.

In this second phase, drink two shakes a day (preferably breakfast and dinner) and eat one solid meal a day (preferably lunch). Avoid snacking for more effective weight loss. 

After 21 days, you’ll feel so accomplished and might even feel like you’re “on fire” with your diet journey. 

You can continue this phase for as long as you want to drop off all of those unwanted extra pounds!

21 Days to A New You … and A New Way of Looking at Yourself

It’s hard to imagine that three weeks is all we initially need to transform new, get-healthy, habits into changes that can last a lifetime … but it’s true. 

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The real solution for losing weight and staying healthy includes a real change in eating habits. Anything less is a band-aid fix and that’s not a good solution.

The good news is that you can fit new healthy hacks into your life with as little disruption as possible. You can change a little or a lot; it all depends on your goals.

And what matters most is the end goal of establishing new healthier choices that last for the long-term.

With Almased, you’re not only able to keep your metabolism active for easier weight loss but you can hold onto those results once the initial “diet” is over.

Remember, starting is the hard part, but it gets easier day after day! Let’s kick 2020 in the butt and start the New Year off with the 21-Day Reset!