Supports Appetite Hormones, Ghrelin and Leptin
In 2008 in a group of overweight but otherwise healthy adults, responses to a breakfast with Almased were compared to responses following either a high-carbohydrate meal or a glucose drink (Berg, 2008).
Researchers showed that Almased's metabolic effects include reducing hunger and appetite, in addition to helping the body feel more full.
Compared with the high-carb meal or glucose drink, plasma ghrelin decreased significantly after Almased ingestion and remained at this level even after 2 hours of Almased intake. Cortisol, leptin and serotonin showed similarly favorable responses.
In addition, postprandial insulin, as well as ghrelin response, after consumption of Almased, compared with the other meals, suggests the ability of Almased to be a beneficial influence in “programming the appetite regulatory system.”
The authors noted that “this may explain the specific benefit of [Almased] for weight control and insulin resistance after regular intake in subjects with increased metabolic risk.”
Overall, the researchers note that Almased shows “significant benefits” compared with conventional low-calorie diets.
Berg A, et al. Favorable metabolic properties of a soy-honey-yoghurt product for meal replacement in overweight subjects with atherogenic risk. Atherosclerosis. 2008; 9(1):253. Presented at the 77th Congress of the European Atherosclerosis Society, April 26-29, 2008, Istanbul, Turkey.
Almased and Satiety: More Satisfying Than Other Diets Studied
In a 2010 study with 25 overweight women (Deibert, 2010), researchers proved that a diet with Almased not only results in weight loss and improved body composition over 24 weeks but also lowers the levels of leptin (a hunger hormone) and supports the body's ability to get sugar into cells for energy.
Two other studies support these initial findings and show that the LGHP diet significantly boosts levels of the fat-burning hormone, adiponectin, in addition to supporting healthy levels of blood sugar and of the appetite hormones, ghrelin and leptin.
In a 2014 study (Koohkan, 2014), researchers examined 10 healthy males who received breakfasts with varying macronutrient composition, and looked at effects on blood glucose regulation, energy metabolism and satiety the high-protein Almased diet induced the “highest satiety feeling” of any of the diets studied.
Deibert P, et al. Effects of a meal replacement based on soy protein on hormonal and metabolic regulation in overweight and obese females. Presented at the 11th International Congress on Obesity, July 11-15, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden.
Koohkan S, et al. The impact of a weight reduction program with and without meal-replacement on health related quality of life in middle-aged obese females. BMC Women's Health. 2014, 14:45