We’ve updated our GNC Lean Shake review for 2016. At first glance, this shake seems to be a great value at $34.99 per tub (you can become a member and save a little), but there are only 16 servings per tub, so that makes the price go up a bit. See what else they’ve done to the formula below:
Remember that we calculate the monthly cost per shake and this is why GNC Lean Shake 25 may sound like a great deal at $34.99 per tub until you notice that the tub is only 16 servings. That means you’re still paying $2.18 per shake. That cost is decent for a meal replacement, but compared to the other shakes we’ve reviewed, it’s a bit pricier.
GNC Lean uses a combination of dietary and soluble fiber for their hunger blocking power. At a total of 8 grams, it does a pretty good job of maintaining the feeling of being full. However, it didn’t fully fill us up from the get-go. There’s no other hunger blocker besides the fiber, so we can’t give it maximum points for hunger control.
The GNC Lean Shake 25 contains about 200 calories per serving which is pretty good, but they’re really strong in the vitamins, minerals, and protein departments. This shake boasts 25 grams of protein…that’s right. Your eyes do not deceive you! That’s a TON of protein for a meal replacement shake. Take all that protein and add 24 vitamins and minerals and you’ve got an excellent nutritional shot which is going to definitely be better than the fast food option or most things you could pick up quickly. Protein is vital for muscle building, muscle recovery, and weight loss, so they get high marks from us here on nutritional value.
The flavor wasn’t too bad on the chocolate shakes that we tried, but the consistency was really not to our liking. It was very, very gritty and had a chalky aftertaste that made it taste more like a protein shake. No wonder, since their protein content is off the charts. Yes, there’s actually a huge difference in flavor between protein shakes and meal replacement shakes, as well. We set meal replacement shakes to a higher standard because they generally taste much, much better. This shake would’ve scored higher if we had a protein shakes category, but we don’t, so 8.7 it is!
Also, sugar is bad for weight loss and this shake has 4g. Plus it uses the controversial ingredient sucralose, making it very sweet and not so healthy, but good tasting at least.