PRACTICAL ADVICE

Removing pester-power items from near the till leads to healthier shopping behaviour.
In the retail industry, the term ‘pester-power items’ is used to refer to products placed in the checkout zone of supermarkets, and for good reason. Children waiting at the checkout are often so strongly attracted to the sweets placed there that they pester their unnerved parents until the parents put the desired product in the shopping trolley for the sake of peace. However, it is not only children who find this sales strategy irresistible: many adults also have difficulty ignoring items on display in the checkout zone. The problem is that the majority of the products on offer are extremely unhealthy – not least because they are very high in sugar and calories in many cases.

Light from display screens in particular impairs sleep.
To prevent overweight and obesity, it is not only necessary to have healthy habits such as a balanced diet with enough relevant nutrients and physical activity. Other basic conditions like having the correct lighting in the bedroom must also be right, so that superfluous pounds or kilos do not creep in overnight. A US study has now made this clear. According to the study, artificial light not only disturbs sleep but can even make people fat. This is especially true for women, as scientists from the National Institutes of Health in the US state of North Carolina discovered.

Losing weight also requires a change in diet.
Exercise is healthy and sport makes you slim. Fortunately, many people are now following this advice from doctors and health organisations. Frustration quickly sets in, however, if the pounds do not disappear as had been hoped for or expected despite having a personal fitness plan. A study by US researchers has made it clear once again that to lose weight successfully or maintain a healthy body weight it is necessary not only to exercise but to also have a balanced diet. The scientists concluded that a reduction in body weight cannot be achieved without having a diet to go with it. That is why a combination of physical activity and Almased always achieves the best results when losing weight.

And it lowers the risk of secondary diseases.
Advertising for weight-loss products often promises large reductions in weight within a short period of time. This sometimes leads to overoptimistic expectations and all too quickly to disappointment when they are not fulfilled. Particularly in the case of people who are markedly overweight, this then easily leads to them losing their motivation to persevere with a diet. Losing weight more slowly but continuously is in any case healthier and generally more sustainable than using so-called crash diets. That is why the well thought-out and coherent Almased concept also focuses on an optimised, healthy diet in order to reduce weight and control it lastingly in the best possible way. Such an approach is usually more successful than lifelong dieting with a frustrating yo-yo effect. In addition, studies show that even a small loss in weight can result in significant health benefits. They also show that losing weight by an amount in the single-digit percentage range can already reduce the risk of illnesses associated with overweight.

Bargain hunting for food is unhealthy.
Germans have a reputation for being bargain hunters. But sometimes they seem to save money in the wrong places. For some time now, nutrition experts have been criticising the ‘Geiz-ist-geil’ (being stingy is cool) mentality of Germans when it comes to food. It is at variance with a healthy diet in many cases. A British study has now provided proof for something that scientists worldwide have long since accepted: people who base their food purchases excessively on special offers and low prices run the risk of becoming overweight as a consequence. Consumer protection groups have been warning for a long time that food that is particularly cheap is usually not particularly healthy.

Women should ensure pre-pregnancy weight is normal.
Women who have a normal body weight before pregnancy have a head start on those women who are overweight. Conversely, pre-pregnancy overweight and obesity mean higher health risks for the expectant mother and her unborn child. That is the finding of an international joint study in which the participating scientists evaluated the data of more than 196,000 women from 25 studies in Europe and North America. According to these studies, a healthy body weight before pregnancy is more important for the well-being of mother and child than the mother’s weight gain during pregnancy. This led the scientists to recommend that mothers should ensure their body mass index (BMI) is within the normal range even before they become pregnant.

Children and adolescents in particular are at risk.
Energy drinks containing caffeine, which are particularly popular among younger people, can cause serious health problems in children and adolescents when consumed excessively. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recently issued a warning. In a report, the federal authority comes to the conclusion that acute moderate consumption of energy drinks by healthy young adults does not lead to undesirable effects if the caffeine intake does not exceed the limits that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) classifies as being harmless. According to EFSA, children and adolescents should not consume more than a total of 3 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day.

Humans are built for movement.
When she sang the title line of her 1960s hit These Boots are Made for Walkin’ it is doubtful that Nancy Sinatra meant the hiking or trekking boots that have become so fashionable of late. She was more interested in settling accounts with her partner than in expressing her wanderlust or the joy of movement. And there is also no need to use hiking boots to complete the 10,000 steps a day recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). That is the amount of daily exercise needed to stay healthy.

Study: Many people underestimate how much they eat.
Have you heard the saying ‘your eyes must be bigger than your stomach’? As a child I used to hear it from my parents when I filled my plate with more food than I could eat. I heard it particularly often when it was one of my favourite dishes because then I stuffed myself until I couldn’t eat any more. I overindulged all too often. But it is not only children who tend to ‘shovel’ in more food than they really need – and often more than is good for them. In many cases, eating unnecessarily large portions leads to excessive body weight. Researchers have now provided scientific evidence of this.

Emotional eating as the cause of obesity.
Love handles and stress eating are now things of the past. Today we use the term emotional eating to describe people using food to positively influence their mood. But no matter how we describe eating food to help deal with sorrow and stress, it can contribute considerably to overweight. Specialists recommend therefore that we should be consciously aware of the relationship between emotions and eating.

Parents often underestimate their children's overweight.
The foundations for overweight or obesity are often already laid during a person’s childhood. Current studies have confirmed this. For example, scientists at the Center for Pediatric Research, University Hospital for Children and Adolescents, University of Leipzig, found that the weight of obese children between two and six years of age had increased particularly sharply. However, many parents tend not to take the superfluous kilos of their offspring seriously enough.

Scientific studies confirm practical experience.
People who replace individual daily meals with so-called formulated products, such as Almased, do not only lose weight more successfully than when they follow weight reduction strategies without such substitute meals: they also achieve more sustainable improvements regarding their body weight. This is the result of recent studies by British and Danish scientists that compared formula diets with other weight-loss concepts. Almased is a particularly valuable dietary alternative so it can be deduced from the researchers' analysis that it helps lose weight just as actively and successfully as it helps to stabilise a healthier body weight in the long term. As a formula diet, Almased thus proves it contributes to a person’s well-being in the long term, especially if the person is overweight or obese. In addition, Almased can also be used as a dietary supplement for people of normal weight – especially those who want to stay that way.

Concentrated sporting activity at the weekend is just as good for you as doing sport regularly during the week.
You don’t have to have a guilty conscience if you only get to do sport at the weekend because current studies conclude that weekend sportsmen contribute just as much to staying healthy as those people who regularly engage in sporting activity during the week. Regardless of which group you belong to, however, those people who optimise their diet in addition to engaging in physical activity benefit their personal well-being the most, preferably using Almased.

Scientific comparison proves formula diet à la Almased guarantees healthy weight sustainably.
A so-called formula diet such as the Almased strategy, in which individual meals are replaced by a drink, not only removes excess pounds quickly but also ensures a healthy body weight in the long term. This has been confirmed once again in an analysis of various studies on different weight-loss concepts carried out by British scientists. The analysis demonstrated that replacing meals with a vital food like Almased ensures greater weight loss than diets without meal replacement.

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