GNC Lean Shakes Review

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A popular product distributed by GNC (General Nutrition Center) is the GNC Lean Shake. This is said to be one of the products of this well-known and trusted supplement industry designed to promote weight loss.

The GNC Lean Shake is a healthy meal replacement proven effective for weight loss. The shake increases your muscle mass and promotes good metabolism. The meal and exercise plan is said to be scientifically-researched and designed.

List of Ingredients

One serving of a GNC Lean Shake is a rich source of sodium, potassium, phosphorous, Vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, folic acid, iodine, and biotin.

Other ingredients include the following: saturated fat, soluble fiber, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, iron, thiamin, Vitamin B-6, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B-12, pantothenic acid, copper, zinc, selenium, manganese, chromium, and molybdenum. A comprehensive list of ingredients is available through the GNC website.

The product contains milk, corn, and soybeans.

Product Features

GNC Lean Shakes come in a few different flavors. They include vanilla bean, Swiss chocolate, cookies and cream, and strawberries and cream. As a meal replacement shake, users are instructed on the label to take two scoops (48 grams) and mix it well with 8 ounces of cold water. This is done twice daily while following the included meal and exercise plan.

GNC Lean Shakes are clinically proven. According to the official GNC website, a randomized study of 98 healthy participants studied and compared the effects of those merely eating 1,500 calories per day versus those on the Lean Shake plan (1,500 daily caloric intake, regular exercise, and the two lean shakes daily). They conducted this study over twelve weeks. Results showed that participants on the Lean Shake plan lost nearly twice as much total weight (7 lbs versus 4 lbs) and had four times greater reduction in cholesterol.

A 1.7 lb. bottle of Lean Shake costs $29.99 through the official GNC website. It is $23.99 when purchased with a Gold Card. It is also possible to purchase this product in twelve packets for $23.88 ($19.10 with Gold Card).

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  • Recognizes the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise as part of weight loss.
  • Product is clinically-proven to increase weight loss.
  • Users report it is easy to use, effective, has a good smell, is lightweight, and is a good value.


  • Some users report that is tastes bad.
  • Some users are disappointed with how long the package lasts. The 1.7 lb bottle only provides sixteen shakes, enough for eight days. Continuous purchasing will burn a hole in the wallet.
  • Weight loss claims may be inaccurate.
  • Users report that it has poor texture.
  • Lack of before and after photos on official website.


GNC Lean Shakes are a popular way of bringing about weight loss in your life. Many users would recommend it to their friends and report that it is easy to use, effective, has a good smell, is lightweight, and a good value.

However, users also report disappointment with product longevity, thereby forcing them to spend more money to purchase a new package of the Lean Shakes. Like most meal replacement bars and shakes, it may leave the consumer hungry. Do not expect it to please your taste buds as a powder mixed with water.

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41 User Reviews about GNC Lean Shakes

  • 1

    Quero consumi esse produto


  • 2
    Tracey Barr-Griggs

    Can my 8 and 10 year Old drink this shake


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    As their doctor.


  • 3

    Can my 8 & 9 year old children drink this


  • 4

    I just bought Lean Shake Burn tonight, plan on starting tomorrow. Can I supplement 2 meals a day with this?


  • 5

    I have been exercising and following a high protein diet but with inaccurate measurement. I couldn’t tell the calories until I switched to GNC lean shake 25. My tummy is flat and the scale has started moving downwards within just 1 month.


  • 6

    Are they safe to use as my daughter bought them today


  • 7
    Santos Landro

    Hi There. Fantastic article. I entirely agree. You have got designed great deals of great points. Have an excellent day.


  • 8
    ahmad shah

    How can we use this


  • 9
    Megan h.

    I just bought this yesturday although it smells good its really hard to swallow it leaves a aftertaste made me want to gag but I am going to keep drinking it hopefully it works out I mixed it with 10 oz almond milk one bananana and the two scoops of powder any suggestions so it could taste better please let me know


  • 10

    What else can you mix it with other than water?


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    milks of almost all kinds


  • 11
    Terry Hicks

    Lean shakes 25 I have used it for 3 days and in those 3 days I loss a total of 3.2lbs. I also , only use 1 scoop of lean shake 25 and 1/2 cup of orange juice, 6 ounces of water, 3 ice cubes . 3 meals include 2 shakes and 1 solid meal.



    I use orange cream lean shake 25. I also Garcina Cambogia 1 pill 30 minutes prior to each meal. This is a great product if you use it in conjunction with one low calorie meal.


  • 12

    If the container have an expeiration date of 2012 can it be drink?


  • 13

    Can I drink Lean Shake while breastfeeding? I am not a big breakfast person and find it hard to eat that early in morning so I would like to use it to replace breakfast and a snack in afternoon. Thanks.


    Your Name

    I am also wondering the same


  • 14

    I gained weight, was horribly bloated & extremely gassy. I ate a 1200 calorie diet. Low fat, carbs, sugar & dairy. Loved the taste. After 8 weeks stopped the shakes & lost the weight, bloat & gas went away.


  • 15
    Jesús meza

    I can eat lean shake three months after expiration?



    I’ve been wondering the same thing!


    Garnetta Belcher

    I have used GNC meal replacement & have 2 containers (never) opened dated expiration 2012. Can I still use these 2 containers of GNC lean replacement Meals


  • 16

    I’ve been using the Lean 25 shake since Friday and I love it, especially the French Vanilla. I bought the Rich Choc as well, but it leaves an after taste! It’s kept me full and I do 2 scoops with 1% milk adding ice and mixing in my Nutribullet. Gives an excellent consistency and I am full. I do a shake for breakfast and lunch with snacks in between and I’ll eat a meal for dinner!


  • 17

    I wanted to know if you can mix with soy milk


  • 18

    I love the lean shake, im currently a breastfeeding mother of a 2 month old and I been looking up if its safe to drink well breastfeeding. I workout 4-6 days a week. so my question is is it safe?


  • 19

    Can you mix lean shake only with water? Can you mix it with skim or 1 percent milk?



    I’ve mixed mine with water and 1% milk. Using 1% milk and a little ice then mixing in my Nutribullet! Great consistency! I love the French Vanilla, Choc is ok leaves an after taste!



    What is Nutribullet?


  • 20

    Hi just been reading ur reveiw on lean shake just wondering how ur getting on with it tried all kinds of diets & was told about this what flavours have u tried. Thanks.



    I just bout my very first one today since it was recommended by my boyfriend who works at GNC and I loved it. I bought the bottle just to try it and bought two small packages for tomorrow morning. I have not tried it with water yet but the flavor that I got was Chocolate and it was great!


  • 21

    I’ve started using the Lean Shake about three weeks ago regularly and have lost about four inches. I am very happy and will continue, however, I eat my one meal at lunch instead of dinner.


  • 22

    I tried four flavors of the shakes and ended up returning all of them. I couldn’t get past the smell or texture of the shake. It was quite disappointing.


  • 23

    what food could i eat tha would not interfere with the lean shake


  • 24

    I have been using this shake for a few months and love it! I am prior military and my husband is Active Army and we workout a lot and use this as a meal replacement once a day, instead of the recommended 2. I have lost the10 pounds weight i’ve wanted to and continue to use the shakes to maintain. I use the Lean Shake 25, which is 25 grams of protein and it works better than the regular LS because of the added protein. Good luck on the weight loss!


  • 25
    daniela retamal

    hi I would like to know in grams how to take the lean shake, because it comes with a scoop but I dont know if It should be full or a half of scoop… thanks!


  • 26

    i just started the lean shake and i like the taste but i dont want to drink it for lunch but for supper instead. one cuz i cant make all that gourme food and half of it sounds yucky and i aint got time to cook that on the week days. me and my husband are both in the army and we work out for a hour after work so i was wondering if anyone is doing this and how it works for them. i only need to lose about 10lbs. please email me if anyone has any info


  • 27
    Cheryl ryan

    Is there gluten in this product?


  • 28

    I just started using the GNC Lean Shakes, in the Swiss Chocolate flavor. I noticed in some reviews that the pwder did not have a good texture. I bought the bottles. I thought it was a little too sweet though good chocolate flavor and nice creamy texture. Though I will use what I bought, I don’t think I will purchase more Swis Chocolate flavor as I don’t want SUCH a sweet shake. I may try a different flavor before I totally discontinue using it however. Good luck to all :o )


  • 29

    im a breastfeeding mother looking to lose weight so i not sure if the lean shake is safe for me.. ive asked the gnc sales person , and they say its safe because its all natural.. i was hopeing that there some one that is doing the lean shake a breastfeeding so you can give me your advise…


  • 30
    Carol Woodward

    I dislike the taste and after looking at all of ingredients, there is creamer, and many additives I cannot pronounce.


  • 31

    I am wondering how long the normal person stays on this product and is it a way of life for them now or did it jump start you and then you could regulate your intake?



    I started using GNC Lean Shake a year ago and usually have 1-2 shakes most days for breakfast and lunch along with some fruit or greek yogurt. I lost 45 lb in 9 months and maintained it through the holidays. I find the vanilla and cookies and cream the most tastey. If I creep up on the weight, I just fill in with this again to get back on track.