Updated: 01/10/2018

Scan Diet Review - 6 Things You Need to Know


This review is what happened after I obsessed for weeks over Scan Diet. We looked closely at the ingredients, side effects, customer service, and clinical research to determine how well it would work. We took it one step further to examine hundreds of comments. Everything you see here is condensed to give you the bottom line.

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What is the Scan Diet?

Firstly, the Scan Diet is a soy-based meal replacement and diet program that was once sold at GNC. There are several products in the line to choose from, but information is nearly impossible to find. We assume you use it once or twice daily, but we’re not sure if it provides enough calories to work alone.

The Scan Diet was created by a Scandavian doctor, but we can’t find information on when it first hit the market, or if it’s still available. There does not appear to be an official website for the products, and we’re relatively certain GNC no longer carries them. We like that there are multiple formulas to choose from, but read on…

Soy-Based Products – “Mimics Estrogen?”

The first thing is that the Scan Diet ingredients include soy. This may be an issue for some. “Soy has been shown to mimic estrogen in the body, in some research. There are dieters who steer clear of it for that reason alone,” said our Research Editor.

”I’m allergic to soy, so I can’t use these products,” said one user.

”The soy based products mess with my hormones,” offered another.

Others didn’t mind the soy base.

One user said, “These taste great and keep me full.”

“I love the ready to eat meal bars,” claimed a dieter.

Price – “Expensive!”

We’ve learned that the cost of this diet can be up to $300 a month, since it calls for you to have about five powdered meals a day. Variations of the plan allow for you have more low-fat foods, such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meat. But, the cost makes this diet unsustainable for many.

”This stuff is so expensive, I can’t keep it up,” said a buyer.

”I’m better off investing in better quality food to eat,” offered another who tried the shake.

The cost wasn’t an issue for some.

“I opted for the plan that allowed me to use fewer shakes and more real food. It was easier on the wallet that way,” shared a reviewer.

“It’s worth every penny,” said another.

Over the years, we’ve found it takes a small thing, like an expensive product, to stop any chance of long-term success. People won’t keep spending gobs of money on the Scan Diet, and will likely look for a cheaper, yet effective alternative.

The Science – “No Unique Clinical Support”

Without a full list of ingredients, we can’t speculate as to how effective these meal replacement products are. We know, based on research, that this method of weight-loss works, if the dieter sticks with it and alters other parts of the diet to encourage change. But, with the Scan Diet, we don’t know enough to stand behind it.

What Users Are Saying

"”This product has helped me considerably. I can’t do normal quick breakfast food like milk, toast, etc, so I used to go without breakfast. I used to get migraines frequently, because of lack of protein in my diet. Drinking this every morning, as well eating lunch and dinner, has helped get rid of my headaches. There is a good amount of protein and other helpful things to start the day. I recommend this to all my friends and family.”"

"”Great for someone with food allergies. Fills you up. Taste good when mixed with coconut water. Blends well with ice and shaker bottle.”"

"”Just don’t like the flavor of Stevia at all! Would rather no the company add nothing to sweeten it! It ruined the flavor,”"

The Bottom Line – Does the Scan Diet Work?

What’s the real deal with Scan Diet? We don’t really know, since there is a distinct lack of information about the program available. All we know is the brand has 15 powdered meals that are mixed with water before drinking, and there are multiple phases of the program. Without more details, we cannot make a recommendation with 100% certainty.

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What You Should Know

The Scan Diet was created by a Scandinavian doctor and is reported to be nutritionally complete and suitable to use as a meal replacement product. The meal replacement can be utilized by people who are seeking to lose weight or maintain their ideal weight. The Scan diet Soy based. The brand has 15 powered meals that are mixed with water before ingesting. The makers of Scan Diet promote the system as a nutritional strategy that allows the user to maintain healthy nutrition while moving through the phases of weight loss until the personal weight goals are met.

List Of Ingredients

The ingredients depend on the particular weight loss product chosen.

Product Features

The Scan Diet supplement powder is available for purchase at local retail stores such as Rite Aid and GNC stores. Each packet of powder contains 160 calories with a nutritionally balanced and complete source of protein, fat, and carbohydrates-plus fiber, vitamins and minerals. The Scan Diet has different plans depending on the level of weight loss the user wants. The Attack Plan allows the dieter to have only fruits and vegetables. The Balance plan provides for 3 drinks in addition to the fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice and some meat. The Control Plan permits 1 or 2 meal replacement drinks plus additional food. The Attack Plan is recommended to be carried out for no longer than 12 weeks.


  • There is online support available for those who want to utilize it.
  • The Scan Diet website offers tips and calculators to help with meal replacements.
  • The website offers daily meal plans and motivational tips from a personal assistant.
  • A maintenance plan is provided for those who want to maintain their goal weight.


  • The online support program is expensive.
  • The diet is very restrictive throughout each of the diet plans.
  • Special powders must be purchased along with providing additional food from the grocery store.
  • The plan is a do it yourself plan with limited support.


The Scan Diet weight loss program was researched and developed by Nutri Pharma. This company specializes in creating nutritional supplements for use in special diets. The company is dedicated to people who want to lose weight and decrease their cholesterol readings. The Nutri Pharma products are soy protein based which will help a lot of people who have lactose intolerance. The formula for Scan diet includes soy protein with isoflavones, cotyledon soy fiber, and soy phospholipids. Nutri Pharma works with hospitals, universities and organizations to provide nutritional benefits to those who need it. Nutri Pharma and Protein Technologies International and General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) have partnered together for many programs.
Summer Banks Dietspotlight Author
About the Author:

Summer Banks, Director of Content at Dietspotlight, has researched over 5000 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with doctors specializing in weight loss and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University. full bio.

9 Scan Diet Reviews

  • Where to buy?
    Denise Rosa (Verified User)

    How can I order the scan diet or where can I purchase it.

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Denise! For more information on where to purchase this product, please refer to the Scan Diet official website.

  •  Expiration date

    I found 2 sealed containers of the Scan Diet with an out date of 2004. Is it still okay to use?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Jan! Please do not use a product that has been expired.

  • James Holt

    I also used the product in the 90’s and it work great where can i find it and purchase it

  •  Product that only worked for me
    vanessa (Verified User)

    It is now only being sold in Scandinavia under the brand name Nutrilett- Scan diet was the only thing that ever really worked for me and I am now trying to find a retailer in the UK who sells it (remember its called Nutrilett now)

  • tell me where to buy it
    Joe Camacho

    Can’t any tell me where to buy it. I need an e-mail adress where I can buy it. Gnc Which was selling on our Island stop bringing it. Pease help this really works

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Joe! We are not affiliated with the company and do not sell the product.

  • I need answers and help.
    Joani (Verified User)

    I used this 9 years ago lost 100 pounds but have gained back 10 pounds I need answers and help