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GNC Lean versus Shakeology – A comparison of supplements

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Many people have heard of Shakeology. You perhaps have seen all of the infomercials regarding this Beachbody supplement or have seen the various YouTube videos regarding how much weight people have lost. But you may not know that there are many other similar supplements that claim the same benefits.

But are these two supplements comparable? Just because some have claimed they have used GNC Lean and obtained the same results does that mean it is a similar product? Clearly a closer examination is necessary in order to make the right choice.

GNC Lean – How does it compare?

GNC Lean is obviously made by the health store chain GNC. The sole purpose of this, at least how it is marketed, is to help those lose body fat. But do the ingredients support this goal? For the most part, they do.

What does surprise me is that this supplement is based mostly upon a maltodextrin and oat bran blend. This is from reading the first ingredients on the packaging. While oat bran will definitely fill you up, the other ingredients do not add a lot of protein. The combination of both complex carbohydrates and protein has been proven to be a great way to nourish the body over an extended period of time and aid in weight loss.

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Since you only consume about 180 calories per serving, you should not have to worry about getting fat from eating this in the morning. Essentially the idea is you use this drink as a meal replacement in the morning.

What may be better is if you combine this with a scoop or two of a protein supplement, this will add the needed protein that your body needs at the beginning of the day. As well you would not be adding a lot more calories if you did this, and you would feel fuller longer, and hence feel less likely to binge.

If you are vegan this may not be the best choice, this whole line of supplements is based upon milk protein or protein from animal sources. That can be a huge drawback for many people who wish to switch to a more plant based diet, again this is not a great selling point for the brand.

Shakeology – What makes this different?

Perhaps you have seen all of those commercials on television with a lot of extremely healthy and ripped physiques. Many of those same people you see will trumpet the benefits of adding Shakeology to their diet. Just like GNC Lean this is a supplement that is supposed to help those lean out and get a healthier body.

But the people at Beachbody claim they have a completely different product. Is that really true? Isn’t this just like any other weight loss drink you can get at any health food store? The simple fact of the matter is no, and when you really look at all of the ingredients and total them up you may see why this shake costs so much.

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There is a total of 70 or more ingredients. To go into detail for each one of them would consume an awful lot of time and plenty of articles could be discussed on each ingredient. But I will discuss a few points that make Shakeology different.

First off the quality of the protein is sourced so that it does not hormonally adversely affect you. Other shakes, maybe even the GNC Lean brand, use soy based protein or protein from genetically modified sources. Using substandard protein sources means your body may not recover properly; this can impede any weight loss and cause some adverse side effects if used over time.

Secondly you will never find a vanilla based flavor of this drink. The reason being is that vanilla is actually a series of chemicals added that not only take away much of the shakes ingredients but could cause gastrointestinal issues in the future.

The base of Shakeology is a delicate balance of all of these ingredients put together. As opposed to using filler such as oat bran, instead this company chooses to use higher quality products. One thing to note is that you will never find a vanilla flavor of this drink for the sole reason that vanilla flavoring can drastically alter the chemical composition of those 70 ingredients.

Quite frankly Shakeology is a far superior product. But the drawback is that you can only get this if you live in the United States of America. The laws governing shipping food products are quite severe, and some of the ingredients are tightly controlled or not allowed in some countries.

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