GNC Total Lean CLA PM

GNC’s Total Lean range is made up of a wide variety of weight loss supplements. One of this range, GNC Total Lean CLA PM, is designed to be taken in the evening to promote better sleeping patterns, as well as to provide a non-stimulant boost to weight loss.

Below we take an in-depth look at GNC Total Lean CLA PM to see whether it is effective at aiding restful sleep and aiding weight loss.

GNC Total Lean CLA PM Pros

  • Positive customer reviews
  • Does appear to aid relaxation and sleep

GNC Total Lean CLA PM Cons

  • CLA is unreliable and unpredictable
  • Opened products cannot be returned
  • Some reports of side effects
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GNC Total Lean CLA PM Review

GNC Total Lean CLA PM Facts

  • Manufactured by GNC.
  • 120 capsules per bottle.
  • Contains ingredients to aid sleep and relaxation.

GNC Total Lean CLA PM is a dual purpose supplement intended to improve sleeping patterns and to aid weight loss through supporting the metabolism. It is a stimulant free product intended to be taken at night shortly before going to bed. It can be combined with the use of fat burners and other weight loss supplements that are taken during the day. It contains gelatine and so is not suitable for vegetarians.

GNC Total Lean CLA PM is a part of the Total Lean range of fat burning and weight loss products that is manufactured directly for GNC. GNC, which stands for General Nutrition Company, is an American supplement store that sells products both online and in GNC stores across the nation. GNC can be contacted using the information on their website. They also have a number of stores across the USA, where members of staff should be able to help customers with any queries they have.

How to Take GNC Total Lean CLA PM

As a dietary supplement, take four softgel capsules at bedtime.

GNC Total Lean CLA PM Concerns:

  • CLA is unreliable and unpredictable.
  • Opened products cannot be returned.
  • Some reports of side effects.

What Does GNC Total Lean CLA PM Claim To Do?

The manufacturers of GNC Total Lean CLA PM state that it has the following benefits:

  • Stimulant-free, night time metabolism support formula that promotes restful and restorative sleep
  • Clinically researched CLA shown to improve body composition & lean muscle tone

So What Is GNC Total Lean CLA PM and What Are The Ingredients?

Consumers are instructed to take four capsules of this supplement each night. Each serving of four capsules provides the ingredients listed below, and contains 40 calories.

  • Biotin30.00 mcg(10% RDA)
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) (from Safflower Oil) 3.40 g: Naturally found in dairy products, beef and safflower oil, conjugated linoleic acid may help to reduce body fat, but may not cause changes to body weight. The average daily diet provides between 15 and 174 mg of conjugated linoleic acid, but studies have used much higher levels. Human studies of CLA have produced contradictory results, and it is described as not only a relatively poor fat burner, but also an unreliable one.

Rest and Relaxation Complex

Restore and Recover Complex

  • Alpha lipoic acid (supplying R-ALA) 10.00 mg: Appears to suppress the appetite by inhibiting AMPK in the hypothalamus although little research has been conducted in humans at this point. This fatty acid also appears to boost fat burning slightly, although the effects are not as large as the noted suppression of appetite.
  • L-Methionine 10.00 mg: An amino acid that has been used to treat depression.
  • Horsetail Rush Stems Extract (Equisetum arvense) 3.00 mg: very preliminary studies suggest that horsetail could be used to treat anxiety, but other uses include treating water retention, as horsetail may act as a diuretic.

Boron (as Hydrolyzed Protein Chelate) 2.00 mg

  • Lutein 950.00 mcg: Related to vitamin A, this vitamin is often referred to as the ‘eye vitamin’. It could help to prevent or treat some eye related health problems, and is found as a colour pigment in the human eye, potentially filtering light to protect the eye from sun damage.

So What Does All This Mean?

Whilst CLA has shown positive results in studies in rats and mice, aiding significant weight loss and acting as a fat burner, the clinical results in humans are much more varied. Some human clinical trials showed significant fat loss, improved body composition and even increases in muscle mass. However, other studies found no results or changes at all.

One review paper that pooled the results of 18 studies of CLA found that, on average, CLA caused ‘modest’ fat loss. Other reviews describe it as a relatively poor and unreliable fat burner. It may help to retain muscle mass whilst losing weight.

There are also several herbs that are known to aid sleep and relaxation, which can be useful when taking stimulant supplements during the daytime. As sleep is also important for regulation of stress levels, and for maintaining a healthy metabolic rate, this could provide better conditions for weight loss. Many of these sleep aids, including valerian root, hops flower and passion flower are used as herbal remedies to treat mild anxiety, and so could help consumers who are feeling stressed or agitated.

Does GNC Total Lean CLA PM Have Any Side Effects?

There are some potential side effects associated with the use of CLA. It can cause stomach upset, diarrhoea, nausea and fatigue. CLA can also increase triglyceride levels in some cases.

When taken by mouth, lemon balm can cause some side effects including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, and wheezing. However, when used in small quantities it is generally considered safe and unlikely to cause these side effects.

Potential side effects of Valerian root include headaches, excitability, uneasiness, and even insomnia in some people. A few people feel sluggish in the morning after taking valerian, especially at higher doses. It’s best not to drive or operate dangerous machinery after taking valerian root.

WebMD recommends that consumers should not self-medicate L-methionine, as accidental overdose can lead to coma and other incredibly serious side effects. The dose used in GNC Total Lean CLA PM is incredibly small, but consumers who are concerned should consult their doctor for more information.

Horsetail contains a chemical called thiaminase, which breaks down the vitamin Thiamine, and so long term use of Horsetail could potentially lead to a thiamine deficiency.

Not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Not suitable for pregnant or lactating women. If you are taking medication or have a medical condition, consult a physician before using this product. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery.

Any GNC Total Lean CLA PM Reviews From Customers?

There are numerous customer reviews for this product. The reviews primarily focus upon the sleep improving element of the supplement, but some customers have also commented upon the weight changes that they have (or have not) experienced.

I have been taking this product for about 2 weeks now and I love it! I have combined it with a healthy eating plan, crossfit, and hot yoga. Every morning I swear I wake up leaner.
The only con I can mention is increased urination throughout the night during the first four or so nights of taking. I think it was just my body getting used to it and the CLA flushing me out! Now, I have no problems and have been sleeping sooo much better.

I tried this product because I was having trouble sleeping, not insomnia exactly but just trouble. I read the reviews before buying, etc. Personally, this supplement did the opposite for me of what it did for others, it did make me feel relaxed and I took it about an hour before bedtime; but I’d go to bed and fall asleep, only to wake in the middle of the night with a racing heart, all sweaty and I’d be wide awake for the rest of the night. I took this for about 4 days, just to see if my system needed to adjust to them but the side effects were persistent. I never experienced the racing heart prior to taking these pills but once I stopped taking them -all that stopped. I went back to taking z-quil when I need it and everything is fine. So, not sure what the problem was for me with this particular supplement because I do take regular CLA (daily and have been for months) and a GNC multi-vitamin and haven’t had any side effects. So, beware, this pill can cause undesirable side effects in different people. I’m sure this is probably a quality product and would recommend it to a friend but I’d let them know of my experience.

I’ve been using the Premium CLA Complex for a while and just decided to try the CLA PM recently. I’ve been taking it for about it a week now. Althought the suggested serving size is 4 capsules a night, I have just been taking 2, instead.
One pro: I’ve noticed that when I wake up in the morning, I do notice that I feel less bloated, and am actually hungry enough to eat something (usually I’m not hungry so I don’t eat breakfast). So, throughout the day, I have a steady metabolism and hunger pattern, rather than feeling “full” all day until having intense hunger pangs midmorning-afternoon.
One con: I’m not sure if it’s the “rest and relaxation complex” in CLA PM, but I’ve been waking up everyday feeling really groggy. Something along the lines of taking an Ambien or something. It does help me fall asleep and stay asleep, however waking up takes me a quick minute or two longer than normal.

Excellent For Sleep! I paired CLA PM with CLA Premium and followed the Total Lean Diet Plan on the GNC website. I have finished the first 30 days and lost about 12 pounds. I workout moderately and should have stepped it up a notch, but I am pleased overall with the results. I can’t say CLA PM played a factor in the weight loss, but I will say this will help you sleep soundly without interruption. I woke up refreshed and ready, without feeling groggy or having any side effects like some sleep aids. I took the recommended 4 capsules which are rather large pills and have a strange odor. I couldn’t really taste anything so this was a bonus considering the odor. I definitely give this 5 stars just for the sleep factor alone.

While ive been using CLA PM every day for about 2 weeks, I have begun to notice that my weight has dropped slightly (around 2 pounds). I work out 5 days per week and have recently loaded on creatine, so the fact that I have managed to sustain/drop my weight may be due to the effect of the CLA. Whatever the case may be, I will continue to use CLA PM as a night time sleeping supplement, as I do wake up noticeably refreshed in the morning. I would give it a 7/10.

So Does GNC Total Lean CLA PM Work?

CLA does appear to have some effect upon the body, somewhat reducing fat mass and aiding muscle growth in consumers who are exercising regularly in order to build muscle. It may not result in weight loss overall, but as it may aid muscle growth, it could therefore indirectly boost the body’s metabolic rate. There is also the worry that it is an unreliable or unpredictable supplement. Studies report vastly different effects upon the body, with some noting no changes at all.

GNC Total Lean CLA PM is intended to aid restful sleep, and whilst many consumers are satisfied with its performance here, others have found that they fall asleep fine, but wake up later on in the night and find themselves unable to fall back to sleep again. The ingredients used to aid relaxation and restful sleep are all herbal remedies that have been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and some appear to have a mild sedative effect such as Valerian. Consumers who have been prescribed sleeping pills before will find this nowhere near as potent, but it will help many people to get to sleep faster, should they struggle usually.

Improved sleeping patterns could also have beneficial effects for dieters; cortisol levels rise when poor sleeping habits are followed, and they lower again when the body gets plenty of sleep. Cortisol levels (which are linked with stress) are also linked with weight loss; when a person has high cortisol levels it is often more difficult to lose weight, as the body desperately tries to store fat.

Overall, we believe that GNC Total Lean CLA PM will have a greater effect upon sleep and relaxation that it will upon weight loss.

Where Can I Buy GNC Total Lean CLA PM?

GNC Total Lean CLA PM can be purchased from the GNC website and from selected GNC stores.

A single bottle of 120 tablets costs $41.99. Customers who are GNC members will pay a reduced price of $37.99.

Members are people who have purchased an annual GNC gold membership card at a price of $15.00 per year, which grants them additional discounts on many of the products available at GNC. This may be a good investment for those who shop at GNC regularly, but for many the cost of the membership would outweigh savings made on just a few purchases over the course of the year. Shipping costs on all deliveries is a flat rate of $3.99.

The product is also available on amazon, with a single bottle of 120 capsules costing $30.50.

What About A Guarantee

GNC offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on unopened and unused products, minus the cost of shipping. This is valid from the date of the order. Returns policies from third party retailers may vary.

Watchdog Verdict

Whilst many members of the bodybuilding community swear by CLA as a supplement that helps to define their muscles and help fat loss, here at Diet Pills Watchdog we are not big fans of the ingredient as a potential weight loss aid. We believe that its effects are over-hyped, and that there are many other diet pill ingredients that are much more effective and reliable at aiding significant and sustainable weight loss.

We are also unsure about combining CLA with herbal sleep aids; some of these ingredients, such as Valerian root, should only be used occasionally, as long term use could lead to dependence. By increasing the number of ingredients to feature anti-anxiety herbs and ingredients that aid sleep, as well as a few ingredients that appear to be entirely unrelated to either sleep or weight loss, the variety of potential side effects that could occur is increased.

Whilst GNC describe their returns policy as a money-back guarantee, it does not cover opened or used products, and so is not really a guarantee at all. The product is also very expensive for a CLA supplement.

Overall, we do not recommend GNC Total Lean CLA PM to our readers, as there are cheaper CLA supplements available, and there are many products that will aid weight loss far better than this supplement.

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1 comment on 'GNC Total Lean CLA PM'

  1. I just wanted to correct the 1 negative that GNC does not take opened bottle returns .. THEY DO! Actuallt their return policy is one of the best !

    I just started cla pm and I can say my 1st night I slept like a rock ! Haven’t been on it long enough for weight loss, but I may continue to buy it just for the sleep!

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