Almased Diet for Weight Loss – Pros and Cons

Reviewed by Madhu Sharma, Registered Dietitian
by Charushila Biswas
ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition

The Almased diet plan is the latest, a most raved-about diet plan that has helped many people lose weight and retain the weight loss permanently. Almased is a hunger-curbing powder that increases fitness, activates metabolism, optimizes all types of diet, and ensures well-being.

If you have gained way too much weight and want to lose the extra pounds now, here is a unique diet plan to help you burn fat and control weight gain. It will transform the way you feel about yourself!

What Is Almased?

  • This diet product is made from raw ingredients of high quality. The process involves a complex production method to preserve the delicate active ingredients that can release their benefits later on.
  • Hubertus Trouille, the mastermind behind the Almased diet product, claims that depriving the body of food is no good. Instead, he strongly advocates drinking protein-rich shakes that stimulate the body’s metabolism (1).
  • Almased comes in powder form and is made from natural products of high quality such as skim milk, fermented soy, enzyme-rich honey, and yogurt powder (2).
  • It is rich in protein (53.3% of the total amount). Its protein content is 83% soy protein isolates and 17% milk protein. It also has a very low glycemic index (GI=27) and glycemic load (GL=3.2) (3).
  • This powder contains vital nutrients, such as enzymes and essential amino acids, mostly needed by your body to make digestion easy.
  • The product is non-GMO and gluten-free and is devoid of any fillers, flavors, artificial preservatives, and sugars (1).
  • A lab-tested formula that can be used even by a person with diabetes to lose weight (1).

How Does It Help You?

The major plus of this diet program is that it helps you avoid the much-dreaded yo-yo effect. To enable weight loss, it is very important that your body’s metabolism functions properly. You suffer from different diseases, mainly due to some issues with your digestion. Regular intake of products containing industrial productions, preservatives, and flavor enhancers destroys the most important nutrients, enzymes, and amino acids from the body. Due to this, your metabolism slows down, and the body cannot burn calories as fast as it should. This leads to a lack of energy and obesity and many other related complications (4).

Regular intake of Almased improves your metabolism and makes your body function at the optimal level. Due to this, you can easily lose weight and avoid the yo-yo effect associated with other diets (3). Since Almased never lets your metabolism rate go down, you can retain the weight loss even after switching to your normal diet.

The 14-Day Almased Plan

  • Phase 1 (Day1-Day 3): Accelerate Metabolism

Reset your metabolism. Burn more fat and build muscle mass by substituting each meal with a long glass of Almased drink. The protein present in Almased helps curb hunger. This makes you feel full for about five hours. In this phase, the intake of carbohydrates is restricted, and all three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are replaced with Almased shakes. You may snack on vegetable soup, vegetables, and fruits. You can consume enough water, fresh fruit juice, green, or black tea (without sugar).

MealsWhat To Eat
Early MorningOptions:
  • 1 glass warm water + juice of 1 lime OR
  • 1 glass warm water + juice of 1/2 lime + honey + ginger
Breakfast1 glass of soy milk/low-fat milk + 8 tablespoons Almased + 1 tablespoon flaxseed powder
Lunch1 glass water + 8 tablespoons Almased + 1 tablespoon flaxseed powder
Evening SnackOptions:
  • 1 peach or plum OR
  • Zucchini & watermelon salad
Dinner1 glass of soy milk/low-fat milk/water + 8 tablespoons Almased + 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
Why This Works

For three straight days, the main meals of your day will be Almased, which will help induce the secretion of the hunger-curbing hormones. You will feel less hungry and eat fewer carbs (potato wafers, chicken nuggets, etc.). This will allow the body to mobilize the stored fat and use it as an energy source.

100 g of Almased powder provides 30.6 g carbohydrates and 360 kcal energy (5). It is a low-carb, low-calorie, high-protein powder that can provide satiety and fullness. But the amount to be taken depends on the height, weight, and activity level of a person. Hence, the same rule of weight loss doesn’t apply to all.

Phase 1 Recipe

Zucchini And Watermelon Salad

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What You Need
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 cup watermelon (medium-sized cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mango powder
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. Wash and cut the zucchini into medium-sized cubes. Toss them into a bowl.
  2. Add the watermelon pieces.
  3. Squeeze in the juice of the grapefruit.
  4. Add the roasted cumin powder, dried mango powder, and a pinch of salt.
  5. Mix well.
  • Phase 2 (Day 4-Day 7) – Mobilize Fat

During this phase, dieters need to drink Almased shake for breakfast and dinner and have a low-carb lunch. This will help burn fat more easily and quickly. Now that a good amount of stored fat has been used up as energy to drive the body functions, the low-carb lunch will not be stored as fat. It will be burnt to keep up with your daily activities. Steer clear of carbs and any junk! This phase is also called the reduction phase as you are bound to lose extra pounds.

MealsWhat To Eat
Early MorningOptions:
  • 1 glass warm water + juice of 1 lime OR
  • 1 glass warm water + juice of 1/2 lime + honey + ginger
Breakfast1 glass of soy milk/low-fat milk + 8 tablespoons Almased + 1 tablespoon flaxseed powder
LunchOptions:
  • Bell pepper and chicken salad (light dressing) OR
  • Cauliflower wrap with seasonal vegetables
Evening SnackOptions:
  • 1 medium bowl of fruits OR
  • 1 small bowl of baby carrots
Dinner1 glass of soy milk/low-fat milk/water + 8 tablespoons Almased + 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
Why This Works

The breakfast shake will curb your hunger for longer hours. A low-carb and light lunch will keep you active. Snack only if you feel hungry. For dinner, the warm milkshake will curb your night-time cravings and help you sleep better.

Phase 2 Recipe

Bell Pepper And Chicken Salad

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What You Need
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken breast cubes
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Toss the chicken cubes into a soup pot, add a teaspoon of rosemary and add enough water to cover all the chicken cubes.
  2. Bring the water to a boil. Once the water has boiled, simmer the chicken for about 7-8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the green and red bell peppers into medium-sized cubes. Toss them into a bowl.
  4. Blanch the green beans, cut them in half, and add them to the bowl.
  5. Separate the water from the chicken cubes and toss the chicken into the bowl.
  6. In another small bowl, add the olive oil, low-fat yogurt, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  7. Drizzle this over the salad and mix well.
  • Phase 3 (Day 8-Day 10) – Stabilize Weight Loss

During this phase, dieters are allowed to drink the Almased shake only once a day. However, it allows low-calorie and nutrition-dense foods for other meals so that there is stable weight loss. You can have the Almased drink for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Avoid refined carbs and consume greens, salads, and other protein-rich food for the other two meals.

MealsWhat To Eat
Early MorningOptions:
  • 1 glass warm water + juice of 1 lime OR
  • 1 glass warm water + juice of 1/2 lime + honey + ginger
BreakfastOptions:
  • 1 glass of soy milk/low-fat milk + 8 tablespoons Almased + 1 tablespoon flaxseed powder OR
  • Wheat flat bread (1) and low-fat milk OR
  • Kale smoothie
LunchOptions:
  • 1 glass water + 8 tablespoons Almased + 1 tablespoon flaxseed powder OR
  • Vegetable salad
Evening SnackOptions:
  • 1 cup fat-free yogurt OR
  • 1 apple
DinnerOptions:
  • 1 glass of soy milk/low-fat milk/water + 8 tablespoons Almased + 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil OR
  • Baked salmon with garlic flavored spinach OR
  • Bottle gourd with tomato and coriander leaves
Why This Works

The foods given in this chart are low-calorie and nutrition-dense. This means your body will continue burning fat by being metabolically active without losing any vital nutrients.

Phase 3 Recipe

Bottle Gourd With Tomato And Coriander Leaves

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What You Need
  • 1 cup shredded bottle gourd
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/6 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon rice bran oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • Salt
How To Prepare
  1. In a soup pot, heat the oil and fry the cumin seeds first.
  2. Add the chopped onions and fry until they are golden brown.
  3. Add the chopped tomato and fry for about a minute.
  4. Add the shredded bottle gourd, salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir well.
  5. As the bottle gourd cooks, the stored water in the bottle gourd will ooze out.
  6. Add more water if you need to.
  7. Close the lid and cook until the ingredients are cooked.
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Phase 4 (Day 11-Day 14) – Live Life

During this phase, dieters are allowed to eat three low-carb, nutrition-dense meals along with Almased shake at least once a day. You do not have to replace any meal with the Almased shake. Have the Almased drink at around 3 pm, so that you don’t feel hungry until dinner. To derive the maximum results, ensure that you eat healthy. Stick to salads, soups, and broths. You may also include fruit. Steer clear of anything rich in carbohydrates.

MealsWhat To Eat
Early MorningOptions:
  • 1 glass warm water + juice of 1 lime OR
  • 1 glass warm water + juice of 1/2 lime + honey + ginger
BreakfastOptions:
  • Scrambled eggs with veggies OR
  • Banana smoothie
LunchOptions:
  • Lettuce wraps OR
  • Butternut squash soup
Post- Lunch1 glass of soy milk/low-fat milk/water + 8 tablespoons Almased + 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
DinnerOptions:
  • AAsparagus stuffed mushroom OR
  • Grilled veggies
Why This Works

You eat three healthy meals plus one large glass of Almased shake, which keeps your metabolism ticking at a high rate. You will continue to lose weight through this phase, but the results won’t be as dramatic as in the reduction phase. Doctors suggest you prolong Phase 2 if you wish to lose more weight.

Phase 4 Recipe

Asparagus Stuffed Mushroom

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What You Need
  • 2 asparagus tips
  • 5 button mushrooms
  • 1/4 boiled potato
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
How To Prepare
  1. In a soup pot, bring about two inches of water to a boil.
  2. Throw in the asparagus tips and cook for a minute.
  3. Chop the garlic and toss the pieces into a bowl.
  4. Add the boiled potato, onion powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mash the potato and mix the ingredients well.
  5. Chop the blanched asparagus tips finely and mix with the potato.
  6. Take the stems of the mushrooms out, chop finely, and mix with the potato.
  7. In a frying pan, heat the oil and saute the mushroom heads.
  8. Stuff the mushroom heads with the potato mix.
  9. Top it with grated cheese.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven at 180ºC for 5 minutes.

Now that you know how to follow the Almased diet, let’s check out its benefits and side effects.

Benefits Of The Almased Diet

  • Helps reduce and maintain weight (3).
  • May help you stay active all day long.
  • May keep you full for longer.
  • May help build immunity.
  • May help maintain healthy skin.
  • May strengthen bones and build muscle mass.

Side Effects Of The Almased Diet

  • May cause constipation and bloating.
  • You may experience headache and nausea.
  • Long-term use may also cause abnormal cell growth of the uterus.
  • May cause mood fluctuations.

Why Is Almased Different From The Rest?

The company that manufactures Almased claims that the product offers the following benefits:

  • Almased powder is rich in optimal nutrients that your body may not be getting through your regular diet.
  • The ‘vital nourishment’ increases your metabolism due to the presence of probiotic yogurt, high-quality soy, and enzyme-rich honey. This ensures you receive all the essential amino acids that activate the
  • fermentation process in the intestine, ultimately leading to easy digestion.
  • Blending all the raw materials into one creates a synergistic effect and also makes bio-protein available for the body. This combination is immensely beneficial for weight loss.
  • The easily digestible Almased ensures that you feel full for a longer period after taking it (6).
  • Almased maintains muscle mass, burns fat more efficiently, and increases the body’s metabolism (6).
  • Studies show that the consumption of Almased regulates healthy leptin and ghrelin levels. This curbs your appetite and keeps you from snacking in between meals (6).
  • Almased also supports thyroid functioning and regulates blood sugar levels (6).

However, it is important to remember that there is not enough scientific evidence that supports most of these benefits.

Regardless of the diet you follow, it is always important to work out when you are trying to lose weight. Check out the role that exercise plays in the Almased diet.

Role Of Exercise

It is important that you continue your regular exercise routine or start to work out regularly (one day rest). You can go for a run or walk or do freehand exercises along with stretching. You can also opt for aerobics, swimming, power yoga, and dancing. Go for strength training only after you have lost the desired amount of fat from your body. It will help to tone the muscles of your body.

Do’s & Don’ts

DosDon’ts
Follow the phases and eat right.Avoid unhealthy snacking.
Snack on fruits or veggies.Do stay awake till late at night.
Check the label if you are lactose-intolerant.Do not consume alcohol.
Workout regularly.Avoid fried foods or foods with high glycemic index.

The Almased diet plan can work really well if you can follow the phases, work out regularly, and watch what you eat. If you feel the side effects are interfering with your daily life and the normal functioning of your body, stop this diet immediately and see a doctor.

Conclusion

As this particular diet plan does not follow a balanced meal approach, it is better to not follow this diet for sustainable weight loss. Always take advice from a health professional if you are going to start this plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Almased a meal replacement?

Yes, Almased is a meal replacement that provides all the essential nutrients that your body needs.

Does Almased have caffeine?

No, Almased does not contain any caffeine. It is diabetic-friendly, gluten-free, and free of artificial flavors and sweeteners.

Is Almased vegetarian?

Yes, Almased is a vegetarian product made of soy protein isolates and skim milk powder.

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Charushila Biswas

Charushila Biswas is a Senior Content Writer and an ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist. She is an alumni of VIT University, Vellore and has worked on transgenic wheat as a part of her Masters dissertation from NRCPB (IARI), New Delhi. After completing her Masters, she developed a passion for nutrition and fitness, which are closely related to human psychology. And that prompted her to author a review article in 2015. She has written over 200 articles on Fitness and Nutrition. In her leisure time, Charushila loves to cook and enjoys mobile photography.
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