Preserves Muscle Effectively While Losing Fat
In 2004 German researchers (Deibert, 2004) sought to determine changes in weight, body composition, metabolic markers and hormonal parameters induced by different intervention interventions in a group of otherwise healthy pre-obese and obese subjects.
These scientists observed that “simple measurement of body weight” is no longer understood to be sufficiently accurate, by itself, in assessing the long-term efficacy of a diet.
They pointed to the importance of muscle mass in determining resting metabolic rate, as well as that of motor competence and daily activity-induced energy expenditure. They noted that muscle-mass changes may be a more clinically relevant measure of long-term diet effectiveness.
In this randomized controlled study, subjects were assigned to one of three treatment groups: lifestyle education; a guided physical activity program along with Almased meal replacement; or Almased meal replacement alone.
Both Almased interventions caused participants to lose more weight than did those in the lifestyle-education intervention. Those in the Almased groups lost approximately 19.6 pounds versus 14.5 pounds for the lifestyle-intervention subjects.
The study provided evidence, said the researchers, that Almased is “easy to follow, and apparently more effective in losing fat and preserving muscle mass than a conventional diet.”
Deibert P, et al. Weight loss without losing muscle mass in pre-obese and obese subjects induced by a high-soy protein diet. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004;28(10): 1349-1352.
Improves Body Composition and Metabolic Function After Using Almased with Resistance Training
In a 2011 randomized controlled 12-week study of healthy and previously untrained middle-aged men (Deibert, 2011), participants engaged in resistance training that either included supplementation with Almased or not.
In the Almased-supplemented group, lean body mass, although not weight, increased after training, in addition to improvements in strength, metabolism and glycemic control.
Overall, the authors concluded that, “....resistance training, particularly in combination with a soy protein based supplement [Almased] improves body composition and metabolic function in middle-aged untrained and moderately overweight males.”
Deibert P, et al. Soy protein based supplementation supports metabolic effects of resistance training in previously untrained middle-aged males Aging Male. 2011;14(4):273-279.
Supports Aerobic Energy Supply When Almased is Used with Moderate Endurance Training
In a 2012 randomized controlled study of athletic participants in their 20s, subjects received either moderate endurance training plus Almased or training alone for 6 weeks (Berg, 2012).
Subjects in the Almased-supplemented group showed “significantly lower differences” in exercise-induced increases in metabolic parameters, including triglycerides, and insulin in the post-exercise recovery period.
The authors concluded that moderate endurance training plus Almased improved “aerobic energy supply and metabolic function” in this group of healthy subjects.
Berg A, et al. A soy-based supplement alters energy metabolism but not the exercise-induced stress response. Exerc Immunol Rev. 2012;18:128-141.