Medical evaluation of Almased®
The effectiveness of Almased® compared to other diets is controversial. The results vary greatly from patient to patient. The protein-rich and low-carbohydrate diet stimulates fat burning without breaking down the muscles.
The Almased® diet differs from many ‘flash diets’ that aim at reducing muscle mass and only lead to a short-term loss of weight. In addition, Almased® products are well tolerated due to the use of only natural ingredients. The Almased® powder can also be used for teas, shakes and smoothies.
On the other hand, a very broad spectrum of side effects can be observed due to the low-calorie diet. In addition to a general decrease in concentration and performance, the decrease in physical resilience plays a decisive role. Patients often feel unable to accompany the diet through physical activity during the diet and thus strengthen the results. For this reason, the yoyo effect occurs in many patients after the diet, as they revert to their original diet and a lifestyle without physical activity. For the effectiveness of weight loss with Almased® a permanent change in diet and an integration of physical activity into everyday life are necessary.
The prognosis of the Almased® diet depends very much on the patient. Some patients complain about the bad taste of the Almased® powder, which sometimes leads to nausea. Therefore, it is not possible to follow an exact sequence of the plan and therefore only one meal is replaced with Almased® instead of all of them as it should be in the initial phase.
As a result, the prognosis is also rather poor and the patient loses weight only slightly with Almased®. Some patients report the so-called yo-yo effect. This means that with the help of Almased® the patient has lost a few kilos, but has continued to eat after the diet as before and therefore the kilos have gained weight again very quickly.
Patients often report that in the short term and especially during the diet a desired feeling of success was achieved and the patient lost a few kilos, but this weight could not be maintained. The reason for this is the fact that no sporting activities are integrated into the Almased® diet and that the diet does not represent a permanent change in diet. Therefore the prognosis of an Almased®-Diet is rather sobering.
More promising, however, seem to be concepts that motivate the patient to change his diet permanently and to focus on a healthy lifestyle. According to the manufacturer, one can lose up to 5 kilograms per week with the Almased® diet. However, this figure can vary considerably from patient to patient.
With accompanying regular physical activity, the weight loss can be additionally supported and strengthened. The low-carbohydrate diet directly reduces the fat reserves. The fat burning process is 40% faster than with other diets.
The yoyo effect describes the process of patients gaining significant weight again immediately after completing a diet. The products of Almased® try to counteract this effect. The protein-rich diet prevents muscle loss during the diet.
For this reason the fat reserves are burned directly. Weight loss is therefore not due to muscle breakdown but to fat burning. To avoid the yoyo effect (as with other diets) a change of diet as well as physical activity is necessary after the end of the diet. Thus the metabolism can be changed permanently and the patient will not gain weight again.