- 21 Days to a Healthier Metabolism?
- The Fasting Phase — Phase 1 — Days 1 to 14
- The Reduction Phase — Phase 2 (Days 15 to 21) or Until Your Goal Is Reached
- The Stability Phase — Phase 3 — Several Weeks or Indefinitely As Needed
Food manufacturers have worked hard to replace good old-fashioned food with the nutritional version of gunk — and at the top of the list is sugar.
In fact, the big food companies today add huge levels of sugar to up to 74 percent of all food products.
While we need some sugar in our diet — our cells and brain do need glucose for energy — the problem is that the U.S. diet is experiencing a massive sugar overload.
And if sugar and bad additives in our food weren’t bad enough, Americans also drink 14.5 billion gallons of sweetened, zero-nutrition soda each and every year.
This is particularly bad because excess sugar is one of the contributors to diseases like obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer.
Low-glycemic high-protein Almased is diabetic-friendly and can help….but more on that in a minute.
But did you know that, in 21 days, you can completely transform your health with low-glycemic high protein (LGHP) Almased?
It’s true, and science backs this up. In fact, results can be seen in as little as 12 weeks.
In a 2017 study by Kerstin Kempf and a group of German researchers, a 12-week study was done that included phone calls and lifestyle coaching (TeLiPro).
For the first 12 weeks, the TeLiPro group also received the LGHP meal replacements in place of three meals a day for the first week, two meals a day for weeks 2 to 4, then one meal a day for weeks 5 to 12.
The results? The HbA1c levels in the LGHP diet group were, on average, reduced by 1.1, from 8.4% to 7.3%.
In this group, there were also better health markers, including less belly fat. There was also a 20% lower need for medications and a nearly 50% reduction in insulin needs.
These improvements were even seen after 52 weeks of follow-up. This underscores the importance of a high-protein low-glycemic diet.
21 Days to a Healthier Metabolism?
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.
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 our health goals, with the right changes to our diet we can get our metabolism and energy levels back on track.
For some people, it takes 21 days; for others, it can take several months. Others start to do better right after a 3-day Almased fast.
The Fasting Phase — Phase 1 — Days 1 to 14
One great way to get us 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. In fact, since Almased promotes healthy levels of the hunger controlling hormone ghrelin, you may feel full for four to six hours.
A ground-breaking new controlled study out of the University of Alberta involved 43 healthy, normal-weight adults in a controlled 32-hour fast carried out in a special lab.
In the study, participants either had a standard high-carb North American diet or a total dietary replacement with Almased for all meals, which is a modified fast.
Here were some of the benefits experienced by people in the Almased-only group:
- Increase in energy metabolism higher 24-hour energy expenditure (24h EE), which means a metabolism increase
- Higher fat burn
- decreased energy balance, which means our body’s natural resistance to weight loss is lowered and our ability to stay more satisfied is enhanced
- increased protein balance, which is when our body’s absorption of protein is improved
- decreased carbohydrate balance, when our use of carbs is improved and our tendency to gain fat is decreased
Tips for Fasting the Right Way
Drink Almased three times a day. By doing so, you reset your metabolism to burn fat while maintaining muscle.
Since Almased promotes healthy levels of the hunger-controlling hormone ghrelin, you may feel full for four to six hours.
The body is getting rid of harmful toxins, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids daily to help flush out the acidic by-products that are released when the body breaks down fat.
Water and vegetable broth are recommended.
The Reduction Phase — Phase 2 (Days 15 to 21) or Until Your Goal Is Reached
A 2004 study looked at Almased meal-replacements versus a lifestyle intervention, in this case over 6 months.
In this study, the Almased group lost an average of nearly 20 pounds versus 13.6 pounds and lost an average of 19.4 pounds of fat mass compared to 14.5 pounds. The Almased group also achieved better body composition while preserving muscle mass.
In a 2008 study, researchers looked at metabolic risk factors, body weight, fat mass and hormonal markers in overweight participants who were randomly assigned to a low-fat diet or to a Phase 2 Almased diet (2 shakes a day) for 6 weeks.
The results? People in the Almased group lost significantly more weight, fat mass and waist circumference.
In a 2014 study, participants were randomly assigned to either a low-fat / low-calorie diet or to replace two daily meals with Almased for six weeks.
Significant weight loss was reported in the Almased group compared to the fat-restricted group, with much better results for body mass index (BMI) and sugar metabolism.
In a 2021 paper, the first author, Kerstin Kempf, explained why fasting can be valuable, pointing out that, “in the early phase of a dietary intervention” it’s important to strictly lower carbs and reduce food intake so that insulin levels can decrease between meals and so that “[fat-burning] can be activated.”
In the paper, the authors pointed out that the Almased group (as compared to the lifestyle-only group) fasted with Almased three times a day for 1 week, then was on Phase 2 of Almased (2 Almased shakes a day) for weeks 2 to 4, then was on Phase 3 for (1 Almased shake a day) for weeks 5 to 26.
The Almased group experienced much better reductions in weight loss (over 13 pounds versus 7 pounds), with some of the Almased group participants losing as much as nearly 17 pounds). Other health markers were also better.
But here was the fascinating thing.
After one year, participants who only had Almased for only 4 weeks (Phase 1 and a short Phase 2) lost as much weight as did the people in the lifestyle group who stuck it out for an entire year!
This shows that the effects of Almased can be very long-lasting, even if only used for a short time.
The Reduction Phase helps maximize the body’s fat-burning capabilities by continuing to help rev up metabolism. It also supports healthy blood sugar levels and helps the body cut down on sugar cravings.
Tips for Phase 2 Success
Consume two Almased shakes (ideally breakfast and dinner) and eat one solid meal (lunch) each day.
Avoid snacking and restrict carbohydrates to lunch to help enhance healthy weight loss.
You may stay in the reduction phase until you reach your desired weight-loss goal.
The Stability Phase — Phase 3 — Several Weeks or Indefinitely As Needed
A number of studies have shown success with Phase 3 of the Almased Diet, which involves having one Almased shake per day for at least several weeks, but indefinitely if needed.
In a 2018 study, people who consumed Almased once per day for 12 to 52 weeks experienced significant weight reduction and other health improvements within 12 weeks.
Similar results were seen in a 2021 study. People who consumed Almased for weeks 4 to 26 experienced benefits in weight reduction and metabolic health markers.
Tips for Phase 3 Success
Now you’re ready to stabilize the benefits of your diet. This phase of the program aims to provide your metabolism with continual support at a level where fat is consistently and actively burned.
For several weeks, consume one Almased shake in place of any meal - breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
For best results, drink Almased in the evening and avoid eating
Whether it’s a few days, a few weeks or several months, it’s nice to know that Almased is there for us, every step of the way to help us transform new get-healthy habits into changes that can last a lifetime!