GNC Total Lean Lean Shake Review

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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.

Product Features

Dieters should not be scared off by the long ingredient list for the GNC Total Lean 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 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.

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  • 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.

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13 User Reviews about GNC Total Lean Lean Shake

  • 1

    I used Herbalife for about 2mos. I’m just tired of ordering process. I’m more of an i Want it now person… so i’m trying this GNC-day 2 seems to be okay but not as satisfying as Herbalife. I will fill you all back by week 2 – July 5th.


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    Hi I use Herbalife but hv been thinking bout switching to Total Lean …. (Same reason, the order process)….how would u compare the 2 now


  • 2

    I started this on Friday, 5/31/13. I was 216…today, the following sunding, 213. I make a shake with 2 scoops and a banana in the morning, have a lunch with lean meat and veggies, and make a shake with 1 scoop and berries at night. Lots of water too. Seeing results already and I’m excited.


  • 3
    Shonda Nelson

    I’m starting the GNC total lean shakes on Friday, April 5, 2013. I’m going to try it for 12 weeks & see how much weight I’m going to lose.


  • 4
    Willnetta Bostic

    The lean shake is awesome I have been taking the shake for 2weeks and I have lost 11lbs I only drink it once a day for lunch and workout and follow the 1500 calorie plan


  • 5
    duane lewis

    I started using total lean little over 6 months about 7. i weighed about 301 the heaviest i ever been i cried but thanks to total lean im back im 59 yrs young im a diabetic and feel great.the only thing i did was take two scoops, with 2% milk and crushed ice twice a day in a magic bullet. now im 249lbs thank god but i also started drinking a gallon of water a day and no bread. 03/01/2013 try it you won’t be dissapointed drink twice a day morning and evening and watch the miracle.


  • 6

    I have just started using the Total Lean Shake. I have Rich Chocolate and Cookies and Cream. I am using it for breakfast and lunch. and I will be eating a regular dinner. My snacks are fruit and raw vegetables. I sit down a work all day so on my kunch, I walk up and down the stairs (3 flights) for 30 min. This way I am getting some excercise. I drink alot of water. No soda at all and the juice I drink is natural, blended juice….carrots, beets, apple, celery, etc. I will be doing this for 30 days. I will follow up with everyone to give you the 2 week results and the 4 week results of weight loss. As of today…I weigh 196.2 lbs…..lets see if this will work.



    your routine is pretty much what i would like to start doing, i am on Day #2. How’d it go? I’m starting out at 207lbs.


  • 7

    could it be taken for dinner?


  • 8

    i just started this and i go to workout everyday .. i havent seen my weight and seen if i gain weight hopefully not .. and if i do what should i do to stop .. i got the new gnc total body transformation and i have to 2 day using it and if its back what should i do to stop ?? :/


  • 9

    This explains why am gaining weight, although my appetite is greatly decreased.


  • 10

    Bought the GNC Lean Shake (vanilla) for me and my wife. For me: I sometimes like to work through lunch and was looking for a meal replacement. For my wife: She wants to reduce some weight.

    The taste is really good. My main concern is that it contains Partially Hydrogenated Oil. That’s Trans fat! Which is really bad for you!

    I don’t understand how GNC, which is a health supplement company, can include trans fat in their products.

    I am seriously considering chucking away the lean shake product into the trash can.



    It says creamer( partially hydrogenated soybean oil) there is not enough for it to even be put in the nutrients label. The same thing is in the coffee creamer and many other products.