Below we take an in-depth look at Almased to see if it can aid significant, safe and sustainable weight loss.
Almased is a weight loss meal replacement protein powder made with non-GMO soy to help provide essential amino acids and enzymes. It’s said to be an easy to digest, stimulant free, and clinically studied formula.
Side effects of following a very high protein diet may include bad breath, headache, and constipation. The low fibre content of this product could cause irregular bowel movements, and could also cause constipation.
Almased is not sold directly by the manufacturers, but it is available from amazon, with a 17.06 oz pack costing $27.97 plus delivery charges.
We dislike very low calorie diets and meal replacement shakes in general; meal replacement diets are often difficult to stick to, as many people find the lack of chewing unsatisfying and find the very low calorie count difficult to deal with. The product contains a high level of protein, but the fibre content is almost non-existent which could cause digestive upset and have a long term impact upon health.
Customers also note many side effects that occur whilst taking Almased. Drinking three shakes per day provides 540 calories; this level of very low calorie diet should only be undertaken under supervision from a medical professional, and is not suitable to be followed in the long term. Weight loss will be quick and significant whilst consuming this product, but may be regained after regular eating patterns are resumed.
The product is incredibly expensive and has no money back guarantee. Considering the number of negative comments about the taste, the potential side effects, the high cost and unsustainable nature of the product, we do not recommend Almased to our readers.
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Almased is a meal replacement shake that is very low in calories. Following the recommendations provided by Almased on how to use the product would lead to the consumer following a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD), which in itself has numerous flaws.
Each serving of the shake contains 180 calories, plus the calories of the liquid that it is mixed with. If a consumer were to replace 3 meals with a single shake each, they could expect to consume 540 calories per day if mixing the product with water (more if the product is mixed with milk or a milk alternative such as soya milk or almond milk).
The manufacturers do not provide exact directions for use, other than stating that all three meals of the day can be replaced with a shake. The product is available either as individual sachets or as a tub of powder. Each shake should be made up with either one sachet of the shake powder, or 8 tablespoons of the powder.
The manufacturers of Almased state that the product has the following benefits:
Almased Synergy Diet is made in Germany, using a unique fermentation process that enables nutrients to be absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. That means 27 grams of satisfying soy protein is at the ready morning, noon and night. With a host of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids, you won’t miss a thing sipping on Almased for all three meals. Or, turn to this delicious drink mix to top off a hard work out. The new you is just around the corner…
There are several factors that may interfere with the consumers’ weight loss whilst using Almased. These include the poor taste and texture. Many customers found the drink to be gritty, and unpleasant tasting, even when adding in other flavouring such as cinnamon, cocoa, bananas and flavoured milk. Some customers feel constantly hungry whilst using the product, whilst others report feeling full all of the time because of the high protein content. Fans of the product state that the first three or four days are the hardest, as the consumer needs to get used to such a low calorie diet.
However, if consumers can stomach the product, stick to the diet laid out on the Almased website, and can afford the high cost of the shakes, then they should lose weight quickly whilst drinking the shakes. This is because they contain very few calories. However, numerous consumers also report side effects.
In the long term, it is very likely that consumers will regain some, if not all of the weight that they lost whilst taking this product after they return to a more normal diet. This is because following a VLCD lowers the body’s metabolic rate; this can lead to yo-yo dieting.
Almased is based upon Soy Protein, Honey and Skim Milk Powder, and contains numerous vitamins and amino acids.
Each serving contains 180 calories, 27 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbohydrates (which is entirely sugar based, containing no complex carbohydrates) and 0.5 grams of fibre.
The product is incredibly low in fibre; the recommended daily intake of fibre is 20-35 grams per day, and yet consuming two shakes provides just one gram, making it almost impossible to make up the rest of the RDA in the consumers one meal of the day. High protein, low fibre diets often lead to constipation, and fibre has numerous benefits for dieters, including helping them to feel full without adding many calories to the meal.
The high protein content may help those who are undertaking strenuous muscle building exercises, as amino acids are used by the body as a basic component when building new muscle mass. We dislike that the only carbohydrate content is sugars, and not complex carbohydrates. Despite this product having a low glycemic index according to the manufacturers, the truth is that simple sugars are processed by the body much faster than complex carbohydrates, leading to energy levels peaking quickly before crashing.
Almased consumers will be following a VLCD, with two shakes providing 360 calories, and replacing two of the days meals.
Side effects of following a very high protein diet may include bad breath, headache, and constipation. The low fibre content of this product could cause irregular bowel movements, and could also cause constipation. In the long term, eating a high fibre diet is associated with lowered cholesterol levels, and so consuming almost no fibre would remove this beneficial effect.
The lack of fibre in the product may also cause increased hunger, as fibre slows down digestion, and swells in the stomach to provide a feeling of fullness.
Soy is the main ingredient in Almased. According to the Mayo Clinic, soy may cause asthma, bad taste, bleeding, bloating, constipation, damage to pancreas, diarrhoea, goiters (enlarged neck due to increased thyroid size), growth failure, fatigue, immune changes, increased heart rate, insomnia, intestinal inflammation, loose stool, menstrual changes, migraine, nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting. Use cautiously in people with hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast, ovarian, or uterine cancer, or hormone-sensitive conditions such as endometriosis. The isoflavones present in soy can increase estrogen levels in women, which can lead to irregular menstrual cycles, cramping, and other side effects.
It is also possible to have a soy allergy. Obviously anyone who is allergic to soy should never take Almased.
Customers report feeling nauseous, bad breath, vomiting, constant hunger, increased blood sugar levels, diarrhoea, irregular menstrual cycles, hot flushes, and chills.
Not suitable for those under the age of 18. Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, unless expressly recommended by your doctor. Soy may interact with numerous medications, and so consumers who are taking prescribed medications, or herbal supplements, including saw palmetto and ginkgo biloba, should consult their doctor before purchasing this product. Not suitable for anyone with thyroid problems.
There are thousands of customer reviews for Almased that have been left on amazon. Numerous negative reviews mention side effects related to estrogen levels, an irregular menstrual cycle, and cramps.
I used Almased for 2 months and did lose 9 pounds however I got a period after not having one for a year and a half. I called by GYN and she ordered hormone levels and my estrogen level was 7800!!! Extremely high. I immediately stopped almased and had my level repeated 6 weeks later and it came down to 18. If you are post or peri menopausal speak to you physician before taking this especially if you have cancer or cancer risk factors. Some people are very sensitive to soy so this may not be safe for you. I have never written a review before but just wanted to warn you before you purchase this product.
There are also numerous complaints about the taste and texture of the product.
tried mixing it with every combination mentioned in the guide as well as most of those mentioned here, and I can’t choke it down. Unless I can find a way to make it taste better I don’t think I’ll be losing any weight with this product. I use protein drinks everyday for my breakfast and this is by far the worst tasting I’ve ever encountered. If your going to give this a try, order only one can, not the double pack and make sure you can tolerate the taste before you spend this much money!
I am a Type 2 diabetic and I thought this might be perfect for me. I only need to lose 15 pounds. I can’t get past the taste. I have added all kinds of things in to help with the taste, but it still tastes like sour milk to me. I wish I wouldn’t have bought the pack of 4 because I now have 3 unopened canisters and can’t do anything with them.
I tried it with Vanilla Almond Milk. It was gritty in texture. I just could not drink it 3x a day.
The other most common complaint is the price of the product, which appears to have increased dramatically over the past few years. Conversely, there are many more positive reviews than negative reviews, as people who can tolerate the product lose weight very quickly.
Have lost 12 lbs. in 3 weeks! Tastes good, to with flavorings, etc added.
I love the flavor, try adding a banana and trust me, you’ll love it too. I lost 15 lbs in one month
There is no money back guarantee for this product. The manufacturer does not sell the product directly or accept returns. It appears that most sellers of the product will not accept open products for return.
Almased is not sold directly by the manufacturers, but is sold by a number of online third party retailers. The official Almased website provides an ‘order now’ link to one third party website, called Figure Plan, but there is merely a list of the three products the company offers, links to supplement information, and a ‘find a store’ list.
The product is available from amazon, with a 17.06 oz pack costing $27.97 plus delivery charges. Two packs costs $52.75, whilst three packs costs $83.91. Delivery is free on orders over $35. Customer reviews note that amazon pricing for this product changes often.
GNC have the product listed on their website but it appears to be unavailable, as there is no pricing information listed. Almased may still be available in selected GNC stores.
Walgreens sell a single pack of Almased for $29.99. They also offer a discount, along with free shipping, when signing up for their auto-ship program. However, we strongly discourage our readers from signing up to autoship programs, as they often work out as more expensive in the longrun, are easy to forget about, and can be difficult to cancel.
Vitacost charge $27.97 per pack of Almased.
Each box of product contains 10 servings; following the directions for use means that the product will last for less than four days. When replacing two meals per day with shakes, a single tub would last for 5 days. This makes the product incredibly expensive to use in the long term.
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