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Top Weight Loss Shakes at GNC

written by: N Nayab • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 5/19/2011

General Nutrition Centers, or GNC, is a popular commercial enterprise, which sells health and nutrition related products, including shakes. Here we examine an overview of the top weight loss shakes from GNC.

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    GNC Lean Shakes

    Top Weight Loss Shakes From GNC GNC Lean Shakes rank among the most popular and proven top weight loss shakes from GNC

    One serving size (2 scoops / 48 grams) of GMC Lean Shake provides 180 calories, including 20 calories from fat, 2 grams of fat (including 0.50 grams of saturated fat), 5 mg of cholesterol, 250 mg of sodium, 280 mg of potassium, 30 mg of carbohydrates (including 8 mg of dietary fiber), 5 mg of sugar, and 9 grams of protein. The shake is also a rich source of vitamin A (1000 IU), vitamin C (36 mg), calcium (500 mg), iron (3.60 mg), folic acid (80 mcg), magnesium (80 mg), iodine (75 mcg), and biotin (60 mcg), as well as many other nutrients.

    GNC lean shake review shows that it is an effective meal replacement that comes with a scientifically designed meal and exercise plan. The meal replacement scheme requires consumption of two scoops (48 grams) of this lean shake mixed with eight ounces of cold water twice a day.

    The plus points of the GNC Lean Shake are the well-balanced ratios of high quality protein, vitamins, minerals, and fat. It contains only 180 calories, far less than what a normal meal provides, while still furnishing other nutrients required by the body.

    The GNC Lean Shake diet plan promotes weight loss by increasing metabolism. GNC claims that a clinical study proves the lean shake meal plan help attain twice the weight loss and four times the cholesterol levels in a 12-week period compared to a 1500-calorie meal plan. Apart from weight loss, the GNC lean shake diet plan also improves muscle mass.

    The GNC Lean Shake comes in vanilla bean, swiss chocolate, cookies and cream, and strawberries and cream flavors.

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    CytoSport Muscle Milk

    CytoSport Muscle Milk promoted by GNC is another top nutritional shake that provides healthy and sustained energy.

    CytoSport Muscle Milk provides 160 calories, including 40 calories from fat, 4.5 grams of fat, including 1 gram of saturated fat, 10 mg of cholesterol, 340 mg of sodium, 10 grams of carbohydrates, including 5 grams of dietary fiber, 20 grams of protein, 250 mg of phosphorous, 100 mg of magnesium, 250 mg of calcium, and 4.5 mg of iron. It also provides 1250 IU of vitamin A, besides other vitamins and nutrients.

    The CytoSport review reveals that Muscle Milk claims to use an evolutionary protein enhanced formula to promote efficient fat burning, increased strength, lean muscle growth, and fast recovery from exercise all at the same time. Its major strength is the design based on the composition of mother’s milk, which is one of the world’s most balanced foods. An added advantage is that half the carbohydrates come as dietary fiber that contributes to stabilizing blood sugar and insulin levels.

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    Labrada Nutrition Lean Body Hi-Protein Meal Replacement Shake

    Top Weight Loss Shakes From GNC Labrada Nutrition Lean Body Hi-Protein Meal Replacement Shake is another of the convenient nutrition shakes that combines muscle-building and fat burning.

    Labrada Nutrition Lean Body Hi-Protein Meal Replacement Shake provides 330 calories, including 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, including 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 80 mg of cholesterol, 460 mg of sodium, 660 mg of potassium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, including 8 grams of dietary fiber and 6 grams of sugar, and 40 grams of protein. The product contains 24 minerals and vitamins in all, with 600 phosphorous, 200 magnesium, and 600 calcium the most dominant nutrients.

    Labrada Nutrition Lean Body Hi-Protein Meal Replacement Shake scores in its good taste, an optimal 40:30:20 protein:carbohydrate:fat ratio, high fiber complex carbohydrates that contribute towards stabilizing blood sugar and insulin levels, slow release proteins, and presence of essential fatty acids. The product is aspartame free, and contains no trans fat or artificial colors or preservatives.

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    BSN Syntha-6

    BSN Syntha-6 promoted by GNC is another milk shake aimed at providing nutrition and lean muscles with weight management.

    A scoop of Syntha-6 provides 196 calories, including 50 calories from fat, 5.5 grams of fat, 55 mg of cholesterol, 220 mg of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, including 5 grams of dietary fiber, 22 grams of protein, 90 mg of phosphorous, 90 mg of calcium, and 170 mg of potassium.

    The product scores well for its high fiber and low lactose content, besides being free of aspartame and trans-fat. The product is also rich in bioactive protein utilization enzymes such as minogen and papain and other essential and non-essential amino acids.

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    Spike Shooter RTD

    Among the weight loss products promoted by GNC, the Spike Shooter RTD energy drink stands out. This drink contains no calories, fat, carbs, sugar, or protein. It contains 65 mg of sodium, 1500 mcg of vitamin C, and 300 mg of caffeine, equivalent to three cups of coffee, which boosts metabolism and aid weight loss. The drink also contains the amino acid L-Tyrosine, a mild stimulant and Yohimbine, a weight-loss supplement.

    The top weight loss shakes from GNC are all effective meal substitutes, providing the required nutrients with considerably fewer calories than a normal meal provides and aiding metabolism. Of all the above products, the GMC Lean Shakes rank as most suited for weight loss, for all the other products remain primarily geared towards building muscle mass, providing weight loss through fat burning, and increased metabolism at the same time.

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    Reference

    GNC. "Diet" http://www.gnc.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3593188&f=PAD%2FGoal%2FWeight+Loss&fbc=1&lmdn=Goal&fbn=Goal|Weight+Loss. Retreived 10 January 2011.

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