Pros: May work well for some people
Cons: Negative side effects for me
Most of us tend to worry about our weight at some point in our lives. That probably becomes more and more likely as we amble through middle-age. I guess I am okay. I wear a size 6-8, and some people tell me I am small. But, like many women I always have that feeling that I weigh a tad more than I should-I should tone up more, blah blah blah. If I am to be honest, I look fairly good in clothes-it is out of them that I am self-conscious. Okay, sniff, it is only my cats and dogs who see me right now, but I still feel self-conscious nude around them.
Enough of this true confession stuff. You guys probably think I am bonkers-the ones who didn't think that already, but I wanted to explain why I purchased the GNC Total Lean product. I respect the GNC brand name, and felt it was the healthy way to go. After a not-to-swift experience with Phen-Fen a few years back, I feel I have to be cautious.
What drew me to this product?:
Glad you asked-besides the GNC name I was tantalized by the promise they make about it boosting energy and speeding up the metabolism. Additionally, it is supposed to be ephedra free; they claim they researched it (probably got one volunteer rat who now has thinner thighs but is a nervous wreck). Of course they say it is safe and effective. They include a two week eating plan, as well as an exercise plan.
Their additional hyperbole:
This patent-pending thermogenic formula helps enhance metabolism and boost your energy levels.* With its powerful ingredients, Total Lean enhances cellular energy utilization and promotes increased cellular metabolic activity. For best results, use Total Lean as part of a healthy diet and exercise program.
No artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, sodium free, no wheat, no gluten, no soy, no dairy, yeast free.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Made in the USA
They recommend taking 2 of these capsules a day along with water before breakfast. There are 30 servings per container.
They warn against taking before you go to sleep at night. Gee, I wonder why. . .
Here is where we run into difficulties:
Proprietary Herbal Blend1350 mg
*Guarana Seed Extract (Paullinia cupana)(Caffeine=180 mg)
*Black Tea Leaves Extract (Camellia sinensis)
*Grapeskin Extract (Vitis vinifera)
*Ginger Root Extract (Zingiber officinale)
*Grapeseed Extract (Vitis vinifera)
*Dill Weed Extract (Anethum graveolens)
Dextrose, Cellulose, Starch
Keep out of reach of children.
Keep out of reach of adults
Where to purchase:
Well, of course you can go to a GNC store near you. You can also purchase online, and you may find a substantial discount purchasing this way.
When I went into the GNC in the mall near my office I was actually looking for a really good women's vitamin, and made that purchase (see link below for my review of GNC Womens Ultra Mega, if you like). Of course the seductive salesman (well, not seductive seductive, but he seduced me into purchasing the Total Lean) asked me if I ever wanted a little more energy, or had any desire to lose a little weight (not that I needed it he mumbled to make sure he didn't offend me). Don't most women want to lose a little weight? Exactly, it is drilled into our brains-our butts are too big, or we have thunder thighs, or a touch too much tummy, you name it. Anyway, he told me people had great results. I figured I'd give it a try. I already have a consistent cutting down portions type diet (I don't deprive myself), and I exercise by walking my rescue dog (now 2) twice daily, so this was to simply fine-tune my program. He did suggest that I ignore the directions stating people should take two at breakfast, and instead take one at breakfast, and one at dinner. That should have been a warning to me in itself, but I ignored it.
I am a stubborn person, and took these pills twice daily for about 5 days, but found that they caused me to get heart palpitations and make me very nervous and jittery, similar to the side effects I had with the Phen-Fen, and that I took under a doctor's supervision. It did not give me more energy per se, did not cause me to lose any weight (admittedly it was for a short period of time). It scared me so much that I took the remainder of the pills, my receipt, returned to the store, and the same manager who sold me the product. He gave me my money back. At least they were honest about that, and didn't give me any problems about the return.
It concerns me when a company makes a big deal about withholding what their ingredients are, and it is very easy to hide behind the excuse of "it's a proprietary blend" like their concern is another company stealing it. Without knowing what is in their product, I have no idea if it is dangerous, something I am allergic to, etc. I will no longer take any products that promise to speed up my metabolism, whether or not they claim it is natural. The FDA needs to be involved in authorizing or not authorizing these products in my opinion. They have just too much freedom, and can put our health at risk. I do not recommend this product to anyone!
Everyone says to see your physician if you want to lose weight, eat a healthy diet, exercise, and it sounds so uncreative, boring, and frankly not easy, but it is your health, and products that won't state their ingredients, can cause your heart to speed up, your metabolism to increase are just too risky.
If you are pooh-poohing my warnings and recommendations because of the GNC name, promises, the hopes of a faster metabolism, weight loss, or think okay, this is her experience but it might be different for me, and I may not have any problems, fine. Just, please be cautious. If you get uncomfortable, unsettling side effects, stop the product. If you don't have problems and it works, I'm happy for you, and I'd love to hear your results.
GNC Womens Ultra Mega
Thanks for reading!