What You Should Know
Many weight loss programs are focused on a protein shake or meal replacement shake. These provide a measured amount of calories and total nutrition and can help a dieter lose more weight by taking the calorie counting and menu decisions out of the picture for one to two meals a day. The GNC Total Lean Shake is just this type of supplement. The product claims to help a dieter lose weight while providing a full RDA of many vitamins, nutrients and minerals as well as a great source of protein.
List of Ingredients
Carb Blend (Carrageenan, Fructooligosaccharides, Maltodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Oat Bran, Resistant Starch), Milk Protein Concentrate, Nonfat dry milk, Cocoa, Creamer (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Maltodextrin, Sodium Caseinate, Dipentene (Limonene), Monoglycerides, Polysorbate 60), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Biotin, Folic Acid, Niacinamide, Vitamin A Palmitate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Citrate, Riboflavin, Cyanocobalamin, Sodium Ascorbate, Phytonadione, Chromium Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, dl-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Gluconate, Beta-Carotene, Magnesium Phosphate, Zinc Gluconate), Salt, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose.
Dieters should not be scared off by the long ingredient list for the GNC Total Lean Shake. Protein shakes are formulated from many ingredients, but break down to protein and a sugar substitute to reduce calories. Typically, a great protein shake will account for little more than four calories per gram of protein. Every gram of protein requires four calories to be digested by the human body. Any calories above that will be attributed to fat or carbohydrates, both of which are not needed in a dietary shake.
There are nine grams of protein per serving and 180 calories. That leaves 144 calories unaccounted for. With eight grams of fiber per serving, we can whittle the questionable calories down to 102. So, there are 102 calories from carbohydrates and fats.
All-in-all, the GNC Total Lean Shake is no more effective than other shakes sold for weight loss and it contains milk and soybeans, both of which could cause food allergy reactions in some dieters. The shake powder retails for $29.99 in stores and online.
- Protein shakes provide total nutrition that is easy to measure.
- The shake is high fiber.
- All ingredients are listed online.
- There are sugars listed in the ingredient list but not on the label.
- Too many calories for a protein shake.
- As a meal replacement, there are too few calories.
Protein shakes can be confusing. The dieter needs more than 180 calories to replace a meal and the body builder needs fewer carbohydrates when streamlining lean muscle. This supplement falls somewhere in between and could be used as a supplement once in a while, but not on a daily basis for weight loss.