What can be more discouraging after weeks of dieting than the numbers on the scale? If you find yourself stepping on the scale day after day in hopes you’ll see a significant change, only to be disappointed by unmet expectations, then you’ll be happy to know that there are more ways than one to measure your weight loss and the scale doesn’t have to be one of them.

Now that the sun is lazing about in the sky, you may find yourself asking: ‘is my body summer-ready?’ Our Almased team wants you to feel proud of your body no matter the season. Because we know summertime is when the term “beach body” pops up most often, we want you to have all the tools to reach prime wellness!

Losing weight may seem like hiking up a mudslide, but it’s possible, and there are some ways to make the process fun. Before we get to the exciting stuff, here are a couple of reminders:

  • Couple exercise with a healthy diet to shed those pounds early and consistently—no more yo-yo effect.
  • Stay the course; that’s the key to any lifestyle change and optimal results.
  • Maintain a positive attitude throughout, compliment yourself when you reach milestones, and refrain from negative self-talk.
  • Make an Almased shake one of your three meals a day for stable weight loss and muscle retention.

While the U.S. ranks highest in heart disease rates and in the top 50 countries in rankings of people with diabetes, one country is very low in both: Japan.  

In fact, Japan was among three countries with the lowest levels of heart-related problems. Plus, while the U.S. ranked number 35 out of 195 countries for incidence of diabetes, Japan ranked very far down on the list — 137, in fact. 

While this does not mean that we should all move to Japan, it does mean that there must be something in the Japanese diet that helps people there stay very healthy.

In the 1960s, the famous comedian Jackie Gleason made this line famous — “How sweet it is!”  

But what’s not sweet is this: The average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar every year, which is more than 50 billion pounds! To put this in perspective, 200 years ago Americans only ate 6.3 pounds of sugar a year. 

While the menu from the 1800s was not perfect — as it had heaping portions of meat and very few veggies — at least we know it wasn’t packed with refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, gums, starches and artificial ingredients. 

There’s no doubt that the U.S. diet — robbed by modern processing of many of its minerals, vitamins and live enzymes — has gone way off track, and with it, so has our health.