During the initial phase, start the Almased Figure Plan with three Almased shakes per day. Restrict your intake of carbohydrates. Solid foods, sugary drinks (soda, fruit juice, beer) and fruit are off-limits! Preparing your Almased shake is as quick and easy as losing weight on the Almased Diet! Replace each meal with eight tablespoons of Almased, mixed in 10-12 ounces of bottled or filtered water, skim milk, unsweetened almond or soy milk and 1 teaspoon of olive, flaxseed or walnut oil. You can flavor your shakes with cinnamon or other spices, unsweetened cocoa powder and flavored extracts like vanilla or almond. You may also have several bowls of the vegetable broth per day as shown on page 8. In this phase, you are also ridding the body of harmful toxins, so be sure to drink 10-12 cups of fluids per day to flush out the acidic by-products that are released when the body breaks down fat. Water (ideally sparkling mineral water), coffee, fruit or herbal teas without sugar are recommended. You can extend this phase up to 14 days.