Almased® Synergy Diet, a New Diet Plan for Diabetics

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-09-12 10:41:13 -0500
Started 2013-08-29 15:13:20 -0500

As I was thumbing through Diabetes Living magazine today I came across an ad for Almased® Synergy Diet. I really didn't pay it much attention at that time. Then when I got home I was reading my newsletter from Diabetes Health and again, I saw the same ad. So I was curious now as to what it was. I found out it's a holistic weight loss powder. I know, I know…I keep hoping it will just fall off. But this says it's also geared to help with fasting glucose levels and in the 10 years of study, it seems that there is an overall health benefit if taken for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Another reason it caught my eye is that it offers a 14 day program to start and as I was looking at the recipes and menu plan, I felt it would be something I could stick to. It seems to be a generally carb balanced program except for the first 4 days where there is more fasting involved.

Anyway…I was wondering if any of you had heard of it, taken it or know someone who has?

15 replies

Bun10 2013-09-11 21:55:18 -0500 Report

Google it. I saw it in Diabetic Living. Googling it convinced me to avoid it and, like Gabby said, everyone said it tastes gross. How long would you stick with something you can hardly bare to swallow. And, it's not cheap.

GabbyPA 2013-09-12 10:41:13 -0500 Report

I can Google it, but it's nice to hear personal experiences from people that I know a little better.

kclynnh 2013-09-02 11:43:33 -0500 Report

I have 3 cans of it. It tastes gross and I was starving. I know…maybe I should have stuck with it longer. I like Nick1962's advice. Changing things up so we fool our bodies. Mine went into starvation panic and I couldn't even think I was so hungry.

GabbyPA 2013-09-03 18:48:21 -0500 Report

Thanks, that was one of my concerns. If you don't like it you are not going to want to use it.

pinman 2013-09-01 20:43:37 -0500 Report

Gabby, I just found out in Jan I'm Type 2. I was looking for answers and bought Almased and went on their diet. It like anything should work but it taste awful and I tried it a couple different ways.Good luck if you try it but I have found I just like regular food.

GabbyPA 2013-09-03 18:48:59 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing. Seems taste is the biggest issue, and I am not going to stick to something if it's gross.

glennb61 2013-09-01 15:59:47 -0500 Report

I have heard about this before but never gave it much thought. I been thinking about ordering it and giving it a try.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-30 20:49:31 -0500 Report

I saw that ad in the same magazine today. I agree with Nick, they work if you stick to their diet plan. Synergy type diets have been around for years. However, I don't waste time on these types of ads.

Nick1962 2013-08-30 08:11:44 -0500 Report

This was in one of the fitness newsletters I get last year, and not favorably. In the links at the right of this page, you can get reviews on similar items.
Like most meal replacement type programs, the product works if you follow their strict diet plan. But truthfully, if we could follow a strict meal plan, we wouldn’t need the product.

GabbyPA 2013-08-31 13:10:12 -0500 Report

Thanks for the link. I am afraid that I would be afraid to take the pills that site recommends. And you are right, If it was just calorie cutting issues that I had control over there would be no need for the product. I know people like me are often just looking for something to help jump start things. I have lost a lot of weight, but I need to loose more and I feel stagnant. Specially since starting insulin, I have seen some come back, which horrifies me. I've upped my exercise, tried to cut my carbs more and my portion sizes, but it doesn't seem to want to come off. It's been frustrating.

The diet is not just the powder. It is two per day in the first part of the effort, but after that, it's meals, the drink and so on. I just found it funny that it was waving in my face in so many places when I had never heard of it before. Specially being advertized in Diabetes Living magazine.

Nick1962 2013-08-31 13:27:11 -0500 Report

These type products are great for folks that have what i would call "mild" weight loss issues. Those who need to drop maybe 25 lbs. and eat reasonably well enough that the weight won't come screaming back. Typically, the "fasting period" where they have you follow thier diet weans people off the few bad foods they've been eating for a while with hopes it's permanant. I call it a "wedding dress" diet - lose just enough to fit for one day.
After over 100 pounds, I can identify with your frustration well. I tended to get stuck when my body started thinking I was in a routine. This might jump start you - I did protein shakes for 2 months - switching things up can't hurt as long as it's reasonable and it isn't a lifestyle plan i think.

GabbyPA 2013-08-31 13:33:21 -0500 Report

Oh, yes. by no means would it be a lifestyle deal. Just something to break the bad that tends to creep. If I can get into a habit for about 2-3 months, I am hooked. I have been very happy to have kept my weight off for several years (never could do that before my diagnosis) So it is a bummer when it's all my doctor focus on and when I see little bits coming back, I have to stop it fast.

What piqued my interest in this is that it's holistic and said to help glucose levels as well. That's why I was interested if anyone had used it here.

Nick1962 2013-09-02 15:44:08 -0500 Report

Any "program" will help glucose levels if it stops you from putting things in your mouth.
In a way you should really count your blessings your doctor hounds you - mine never did so I never did anything about it until it was too late and i was diagnosed.

Keeping weight off really takes some work as you already know, and yup those nasty habits do tend to creep back because you tend to slide a little thinking you've lost so much and can handle the extra treats now and then. Trouble is "now and then" becomes daily, and before you know it, BAM! 10 extra pounds. Ongoing struggle with me.

GabbyPA 2013-09-03 18:50:45 -0500 Report

Have you been spying on me? LOL It is a rough road. I've been overweight my whole life and it is just "natural" to me. It does take a lot to change that.

Nick1962 2013-09-04 08:20:44 -0500 Report

Hah! No I’m not a spy Gabby. Like you, and a ton of others (pun intended), I’ve been overweight all my life. Can’t remember a time I could buy clothes that weren’t in the “husky” or big and tall section. Was a wrestler in high school and won many matches by default because there were few in my weight class.
I know the struggles both physical and emotional. For folks like us, I think that has a lot to do with the success of weight loss. Being liberated from the stress of being overweight is an incentive that simple “chubby” or “big boned” folks never understand.

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