Total Lean GNC - DietShake-Reviews
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Available in GNC Stores, Total Lean™ uses a protein blend of Milk Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolates, and Whey Protein Concentrate.

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Calories 90 160 110 130 220
Soy Free Protein
Sugars 0g 1g 2g 7g 1g
No Artifical Sweeteners
Price Per Serving $2.43 $3.50 $2.55 $4.33 $3.12

GNC Total Lean Shake Summary

GNC is a brand name that is recognized nationwide in the US, with store locations in every state. The company also sells their health and nutrition products online. While they’re a reputable brand, how does their Total Lean Shake hold up against other meal replacement shake competitors? Through many diet shake reviews, we learned both favorable and unfavorable things about this weight loss shake. Read on to find out if it’s the best diet shake for you.


Your weight loss plan won’t be successful if you don’t love the taste of the shake you are drinking every day! The Total Lean Shake comes in at about average on taste, with both positive and negative reviews.

Although many Total Lean Shake flavors appear to be available in stores, currently only two of those flavors are available on the company website: Vanilla Bean and Swiss Chocolate. Some of the other unique flavors you can find in stores or on Amazon include Mixed Berry, Orange Cream and Banana Cream.

In terms of the taste, there were many positive reviews, with many people liking both the texture and the flavors. There were, however, some reviews citing that the taste of the shakes were too sweet, possibly from artificial sugars used in the formula.

Editors Tip: Studies suggest that meal replacement shakes offer the best results when used for at least 5 months. Save money and buy in bulk or bundles.

Nutrition Facts

Let’s take a look at the label for the Total Lean Vanilla Bean shake…

Other Ingredients
Carb Blend, Milk Protein Concentrate, Nonfat dry milk, Creamer, Vitamin and Mineral Blend, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium


Each Total Lean shake (2 scoops per serving) contains 200 calories, which isn’t awful, but since you may want to add other healthy ingredients into your shake, we do wish the calorie count was lower. Adding fruits and veggies, nut butters, milk, seeds and other ingredients will add more calories.

While many meal replacement shakes offer less calories per serving, there are also many that have more per serving, so the Total Lean shake falls in the middle.

Protein Sources

The main protein found in the GNC Total Lean Shake is not our favorite choice, as it’s a milk protein concentrate. Although this protein would be beneficial if it were in a blend with other high quality proteins, we don’t prefer it as the sole protein. Milk protein concentrate has more cholesterol than whey protein concentrate and is also cheaper, which doesn’t equate to better.

Although milk protein concentrate does have all nine essential amino acids, we would rather see whey protein concentrate used or plant-based proteins.


The Total Lean shake contains both dietary and soluble fibers, which both contribute greatly to curbing hunger. It is a high fiber shake, with about 8g of fiber per serving. Its high-fiber blend is also referred to as the carb blend, containing xanthan gum, oat bran and cellulose gum.

There are about 17g of carbohydrates per shake serving, which is high in our opinion. And there is 3g of fat per serving, which is an okay amount, but 1.5g of the total fat is saturated fat, which is the “bad fat”.


The overall sugar content per Total Lean shake is 4g, which is about average. Ideally, a diet shake will have as close to no sugar per serving as possible. Although the 4g of sugar per shake is not as high as some other shakes (including Isagenix and Shakeology), it has more than other shake brands (like 310 Shake).

Another problem is that they are using an artificial sugar substitute, sucralose, which has received quite a lot of negative press lately along with other artificial sweeteners as having potentially negative health effects. In fact, recent studies have linked this ingredient to serious health problems, even cancer.

GNC Total Lean Vanilla has sucralose!


On a positive note, the GNC Total Lean shake does offer a nice variety of vitamins and minerals, which are necessary when you’re replacing a meal. However, there are no additional superfood blends that would add in even more nutrients from whole foods as well as antioxidants. There is also no digestive enzyme blend to help with digestion, which many shakes include.

Who’s Behind GNC Total Lean Shake?

GNC Total Lean shake is a product of GNC Holdings Inc. It is one of the leading names of its kind, founded in 1935 with its present headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a company focused on the sale of nutrition and health products, which include products for health, weight management, personal care and more. They also provide health books and CDs along with exercise equipment and workout accessories.

Other Products by GNC

Some of the other products in the market by GNC include:

1) GNC Women’s Ultra Mega 50 Plus: This is a dietary supplement made for women. The multivitamin helps to strengthen bones and has anti-aging benefits. Other functions include keeping the skin healthy and hydrated.

2) Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone: Made for men, this product helps increase testosterone supply in men. It maximizes muscle strength and increases drive and vitality.

3) PMD Pump Fuel Insanity: This formula is designed to be used before workouts to give your body and muscles maximum energy. It is said to aid in muscle recovery and also to provide increased endurance and maximum power output.

4) GNC Milestones Teen: This is a dietary supplement made for teenagers. It contains vitamins A, C, E and D to help boost immunity, improve eyesight, and promote the growth of healthy bones, skin and hair.

How to Contact GNC

GNC Holdings has a contact form on their official website that you can use to contact them with any queries, complaints or suggestions.


One canister of GNC Total Lean Shake contains 16 servings, and sells for $39.99 on the company’s website. That equals out to about $2.50 per shake.

GNC Total Lean Shake Conclusion

The shake offers some good vitamins and minerals but lacks other ingredients like superfood or enzyme blends that would make it a real super-star shake. It also contains sucralose which has been linked to potential health issues.

For the most part though, if you’re looking for a meal replacement shake on the cheaper end of the spectrum and don’t mind the slightly lacking health benefits, this shake might be perfect for you.

1Nutrition information taken from Price per serving calculated from a package price of $39.99 for the Vanilla GNC | Total Lean® with 16 servings per package. Accessed 4/21/17