Below we take an in-depth look into the Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement shakes, to see whether this protein-rich option remains the best available for losing weight.
Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement is a protein-rich shake, that appears to be aimed primarily at the bodybuilding or workout market. Each shake contains a huge serving of protein, essential fatty acids, and fibre, with customers advised to consume the shake in lieu of a meal. Unlike most other meal replacement shakes we’ve seen around, this product specifically states that it is not intended to help customers to lose weight (although many former customers appear to have used it to do just that). Instead, the relatively high calorie and protein content in each serving is likely intended to be used as more of a workout/bodybuilding aid that could also aid weight loss if used correctly.
The Labrada Lean Body series comes in a variety of flavours (including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, power latte, chocolate peanut butter, and cinnamon bun), and can be purchased as a tub of powder, in pre-made packets, or as a ready-made drink carton.
Meal Replacement Shakes like Labrada’s Lean Body shakes are highly unlikely to cause any adverse effects, beyond the mild hunger you would expect to experience from skipping meals!
Introducing a large quantity of protein or fibre to a diet that is not used to it can cause mild issues for some, although these should subside within a few days. Some customers may experience mild diarrhoea, cramps, gas, or bloating for the first few days of use, although customers with existing IBS issues may experience these side effects more severely or for a longer period of time.
Compared to other meal replacement shakes we’ve seen around, these shakes are relatively expensive.
They cost roughly the same on all the websites where they are sold. A box of 20 daily packets costs $44.99 in most places, with larger boxes of 42 packets costing $89.99, and 80 packets costing $149.99. The ready-to-drink cartons are even more expensive, costing $3.05 for one and $32.99 for a box of 12. The cheapest way to consume Labrada’s Lean Body Meal Replacement shakes is by buying the “jug” of powder in bulk – a 2.47lb tub containing 16 servings costs $32.99 and a 4.63lb tub containing 30 servings costs $58.49.
The official Labrada Nutrition has a few tempting special offers worth checking out, with various samplers offering a few mix-and-match options that represent some nice savings. However, it’s worth checking the company’s shipping cost chart before placing an order on the official Labrada website, as big orders can rack up frankly absurd shipping charges!
Labrada’s Lean Body shakes are an interesting option if customers know what they’re looking for. They may not be the best options out there for weight loss, but they probably represent a perfect option for customers looking for a relatively low-calorie, filling protein shake.
One major positive of using these shakes is the good taste, which seems to be universally appreciated by customers. Lean Body Meal Replacement shakes are apparently creamy and flavoursome, with almost all customer reviews finding praise for this aspect in some form.
As we mentioned already, there are better options out there for customers looking to lose weight. These shakes contain a decent dose of sugar per serving (around 7g) and are relatively calorific as well (up to 330 per serving). Customers looking to return opened tubs are also out of luck, as Labrada offer nothing in the way of a proper money-back guarantee.
The lack of a good returns policy and the high price of using this product (at least $60 per month) means that it cannot join our hallowed approved list. But make no mistake – if you’re looking for a tasty meal replacement shake that can also double as a good protein shake, this is not a bad option at all.
Overall, we do not recommend Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement to our readers.
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The Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement series is a set of various high-protein shakes that are intended to act as a stand-in for a calorific meal. Customers are encouraged to consume the filling shakes in lieu of junk food or a meal, as each shake supposedly contains all the nutrients you would ordinarily get from a balanced meal (with far fewer calories). Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement shakes are sold in individual packets or in a large tub of powder.
Each packet and tub is produced and sold by Labrada Nutrition, a protein-powder and supplement manufacturer from the USA. Labrada Nutrition is named after its CEO, Lee Labrada, a former bodybuilder and Mr Universe turned entrepreneur. The company is seemingly well-liked amongst the bodybuilding community, but has attracted controversy and a class-action lawsuit in recent years for false and misleading advertising. Despite these setbacks, Labrada Nutrition advertises itself as one of the most trusted brands in the business, and have apparently trademarked the phrase, “If it’s on the label, it’s in the bottle.” The company can be contacted via the contact details provided on their official website.
The directions for use are as follows:
For the powder “Jug”: As a nutritional supplement, replace 1 daily meal with a serving. To build muscle, add 1-2 servings to your daily food intake. Use 10 oz of water or your favorite beverage. Add 1 serving (70g) of Lean Body®, and mix in a blender or shaker.
For the packets: As a nutritional supplement, replace 1 daily meal with a packet.
To build muscle, add 1-2 packets to your daily food intake. Use 10 oz of water or your favorite beverage. Add 1 packet (79g) of Lean Body®, and mix in a blender or shaker.
Conspicuously, Labrada Nutrition do not claim that their meal replacement shakes contribute to weight loss, as with most other meal replacement shakes out there (it actually specifically says “do not use for weight reduction” on the official product page).
Instead, the Lean Body Meal Replacement shakes are advertised as a “complete nutrition solution to help you look and feel your best”. Customers are invited to picture achieving “fat loss, more lean muscle and improved health all-round”, with the high protein content of the shake presumably helping customers to achieve results in the gym in much the same way as any protein shake. The high fibre content is also said to aid digestion and support overall wellness. The full list of benefits mentioned on the Labrada Nutrition website include:
It is possible that Labrada Nutrition avoid making claims about weight loss as a result of pressures brought about by their ongoing lawsuit, or it may be simply because this meal replacement shake is not wholly appropriate for this purpose. With up to 330 calories per serving, this shake is far more calorific than many others out there, and it doesn’t represent the most efficient way to lose lots of weight by skipping meals.
We suspect that most customers are not drawn to it purely for this reason, as this meal replacement shake also contains a huge dose of protein that makes it an effective workout aid. Most customer reviews are positive, with many reporting that the mix keeps them full for hours and with enough energy to fuel an intensive workout. Many also report losing small amounts of weight.
The ingredients found in Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement are listed below. The ingredient quantities that are listed are correct for 1 packet of Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement (which approximates to 79g/2.78oz of powder if measuring out from the tub). Readers should note that exact ingredient quantities are not given for this product, but it is easy to make rough estimates of all the important quantities based on the nutritional information section.
The chances of experiencing any side effect (other than hunger) whilst using this product is very low, although there could be some very minor adjustments if you your body is not used to consuming protein/fibre.
When taken sensibly, protein powders shouldn’t come with too many side effects. However, minor issues can arise for some (especially if customers take more than is recommended). Higher doses of whey protein may cause increased bowel movements, thirst, bloating, cramps, nausea, reduced appetite, and fatigue. If consumed without engaging in sufficient levels of exercise, protein powders may also cause weight gain or lead to weaker bones.
Fibre supplements are also not associated with side effects, but dramatically raising your fibre intake may cause mild cramping, diarrhoea, and gas for the first few days.
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. If you are taking any medications or are unsure about the suitability of this supplement for you, consult your doctor before purchase.
Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement appears to be a very popular meal replacement shake overall. Most customers express satisfaction with the taste of the shake and a majority report experiencing some sort of benefit. Most importantly, the Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement shake is reportedly very filling and creamy, as well as a useful accompaniment to a physical workout.
This product is excellent! I’ve tried a number of meal replacement powders over the last several years and this one is by far the best. Very natural vanilla flavor, dissolves completely, is not chalky, and has no unappealing after taste… I’ll continue to buy this product in the future.
OMG…..Dieting has never tasted so great. I honestly think I am drinking a milkshake three times a day. The weight loss is also better than with other protein drinks I have tried. LOVE IT !!! I’ve lost 20 lbs in six weeks. I’m never hungry and don’t get cravings because they taste awesome.
I am very impressed by the macros and ingredient profile on this. It’s been a long time since I’ve used MRPs, but Lean Body is going to be in my near future! I can’t imagine a tastier way to get my nutrition than this! The chocolate flavor is very much like hot chocolate. It blended up smooth and thick. I drank some and then blended it up with some ice…BOOM! Enough delicious sweetness to satisfy my inner fat-kid.
The best protein powder I’ve tried. I use it with one scoop and almond milk in the morning and it’s delicious. One scoop and water at lunch and it’s still pretty good. Doesn’t have any of the weird tastes that other powders do. It’s been pet of my weight loss plan and I’m going to keep using it!
I like the taste and it really did keep me full but I have IBS really bad so the artificial sugars and stuff in it gave me explosive diarrhea and horrible stomach cramps (typical IBS garbage)….I was hoping this one would be different but it wasn’t. So it’s super good if you have a gut of steel, but if you’re sensitive to sugar alcohols and things, I’d advise against it. I’m going to have to stick with Orgain forever, the only one that doesn’t give me diarrhea. Lol
According to the official Labrada website, refunds are only permitted for supplements when they are returned unopened and in their original packaging. The returned item must also be received by Labrada within 30 days of the original purchase. This arrangement does not meet our definition of a true money-back guarantee, and we always recommend that customers purchase items from outlets that permit returns on opened packages within a reasonable timeframe.
Labrada’s Lean Body Meal Replacement shakes are available to buy from the official Labrada website, Amazon, www.bodybuilding.com, iHerb, and many others.
The prices are roughly the same regardless of where you purchase (although prices appear to be slightly higher on the official Labrada Nutrition website, all customers can use a 15% discount code advertised at the top of the page). A month’s supply (4.63lbs) of the Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement shake powder costs $58.49, and the portioned packets cost considerably more – $44.99 for 20, and $89.99 for 42. Customers can also opt to buy the ready-to-drink version which comes pre-made in a carton, which costs $3.05 per carton or $32.99 for 12.
Keep an eye out for special deals on the official Labrada website, which at time of writing was offering a mega sampler box for $39.99 (which seemed to have a nice mix of packets, powders and carton), as well as a special offer of 4 cartons for $9.99.
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