Next Step Lean N Green

Next Step Lean N Green is a Vitamin Shoppe own brand supplement that will help you if you want to burn calories and take the “next step” to weight loss. It is essentially a green tea / caffeine supplement, which is a simple formulation, but it can be very effective for health and weight loss.

We take an in depth look at Next Step Lean N Green to find out whether this supplement works and more importantly if it is safe.

Next Step Lean N Green Pros

  • Safe supplement that is very unlikely to cause any side effects.
  • Great price at $14.99 for three months supply.
  • May help support weight loss if you combine with diet and exercise.

Next Step Lean N Green Cons

  • There is little evidence to suggest that Chromium Picolinate will help weight loss although it may be effective as a treatment for diabetes.
  • You may not notice any effect at all from taking this supplement.
  • Not available to customers outside the USA.
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Next Step Lean N Green Review

Next Step Lean N Green Facts

  • Next Step is a Vitamin Shoppe own brand.
  • Contains 90 capsules per bottle – equal to three months supply.
  • Contains Chromax, a branded Chromium Picolinate supplement.

Next Step Lean N Green is a straightforward looking supplement. It contains just three ingredients – green tea – the “green” part of the name, plus a natural Caffeine Blend made up of more green tea and Guarana extract and the final ingredient, Chromax a branded chromium supplement.

Green tea is popular for weight loss and with good reason. This natural tea, the same as the tea that you drink but unprocessed, has numerous benefits to health as well as weight loss.

Green tea is high in antioxidants – molecules that inhibit oxidative damage in the cells of the body. Antioxidants can help prevent the cell damage that leads to disease and may have an effect upon the body’s metabolism so is good for weight loss too.

It is popular in supplements because it seems to be effective, is safe and is known to be good for health.

The second ingredient is the natural Caffeine Blend composed of Gurana extract and more green tea. Guarana is a South American berry with higher levels of caffeine than the coffee bean. According to the product information, this blend adds up to 100mg.

It is not clear if this is the total caffeine content but either way, this means that the caffeine count is not going to exceed the equivalent of one cup of coffee.

The final ingredient is Chromax – a branded chromium supplement. Chromium is a trace mineral required by the body in very small amounts. Chromax contains Chromium Picolinate and may help manage glucose metabolism and reduce insulin resistance.

The Vitamin Shoppe is a very well known US supplements retailer with stores located all over the USA as well as being a major online presence.

The company sell hundreds of supplement brands of all types and have a wide range of weight loss supplements as well.

Next Step is a Vitamin Shoppe own brand and is focused on weight management. Products include weight loss shakes, supplements and even skipping ropes to help you exercise. We have not previously reviewed any Next Step supplements.

How to Take Next Step Lean N Green

As a dietary supplement, take one (1) capsule daily, preferably with a meal. Not recommended prior to sleep.

Next Step Lean N Green Concerns:

  • Although this supplement is safe, you should not exceed the recommended daily dose of one capsule. Chromium is dangerous at higher levels.
  • This supplement will not make you lose weight. The best it can do is support your own efforts.
  • No side effects but some customers have reported no positive effects either.

What Does Next Step Lean N Green Claim To Do?

According to the advertising Next Step Lean N Green has four key features:

  • Supports weight management
  • Promotes thermogenesis
  • Supports carbohydrate metabolism
  • Natural caffeine

However there is no explanation about how these ingredients will achieve these effects and there are no links to clinical evidence.

The Next Step brand is explained:

The Vitamin Shoppe is proud to present a system developed to help you take the Next Step towards successful weight management. Our product line, which consists of supplements, herbs, meal replacement shakes and more was created based on the philosophy that a modified, on-going healthy lifestyle can result in effective weight management with long-term results.

So What Is Next Step Lean N Green and What Are The Ingredients?

Next Step Lean N Green is a supplement that may help you lose weight if you combine it with diet and exercise.

Each serving is equal to one capsule.

  • Chromium (as Chromax) (200mcg): This is a branded Chromium Picolinate supplement made by a US company Nutrition 21. Chromium is a trace mineral. The body requires very little but it is necessary for processing glucose and for maintaining insulin function – it increases the sensitivity of the insulin receptor. It has been investigated as a treatment for diabetes and some studies suggest it may assist weight loss and muscle mass. However, chromium Picolinate is controversial as a supplement. Some evidence suggests it does not help weight loss in otherwise healthy people despite its possible efficacy in treating diabetes. It requires further clinical investigation.
  • Green Tea Extract standardised to 10% caffeine (250mg): Green tea is high in antioxidant polyphenols including EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and some research has found these have anti obesity and fat burning properties because of the effects upon the metabolism. When combined with added caffeine, as in this formula, it seems that the effects are increased. Green tea contains caffeine. The amount in this part of the formula adds up to 25mg.
  • Caffeine Blend (Guarana Extract and Green Tea Extract) (100mg): Guarana and Green tea both contain caffeine and in supplement form it is very useful The green tea/caffeiene combination may increase weight loss and the caffeine will help provide you with added an energy boost. Here in safe quantities at approximately the equivalent to one cup of coffee.

So What Does All This Mean?

Next Step Lean N Green looks to be a safe supplement that may help weight loss if you combine it with a healthy diet plan and exercise programme. It is not very strong but the good point about this is that side effects are very unlikely to be an issue.

If you work with this supplement and just use it as a support for your own efforts, you may find that it helps. Results are unlikely to be earth shattering but it may do something.

Does Next Step Lean N Green Have Any Side Effects?

Side effects are highly unlikely to be a problem with Next Step Lean and Green. Unless you are hyper sensitive or allergic to caffeine, we cannot see this supplement causing any adverse effects at all.

However some people find that green tea can cause stomach upsets. In addition, if you take it too close to bedtime you may find the caffeine keeps you awake.

Although at high levels caffeine, chromium and green tea can cause side effects, the serving size of these ingredients here is safe.

Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Check with your physician first if you have any medical issues or are taking prescription medication. Chromax may interfere with diabetes medication for example.

Any Next Step Lean N Green Reviews From Customers?

There are some customer reviews for Next Step Lean N Green on the Vitamin Shoppe website and as usual, there is a mixed bag of opinion.

Some customers are pleased and feel that this supplement offers support to their own efforts.

I’ve only been taking it for about a week, but honestly I have noticed a difference. Of course I have been eating healthier and working out, but I feel like this helps supplement the fat burning.


This is not a magic pill. You can’t take it, eat poorly, be lazy, and expect to have it do anything. You have to train hard and eat clean. This is the perfect supplement to boost your energy levels to keep at it and do that extra set of squats or lunges. It doesn’t control your appetite, but it does help your body metabolize things quickly.

Not everyone is as pleased:

After taking this for over a month, I can honestly say I haven’t noticed anything. It didn’t have any side effects but at the same time, I have not noticed a difference in my body. It may work differently for other people but for me it didn’t do anything negative or positive


I haven’t lost any weight while I was taking this medicine, but I didn’t have any health issues while taking it!

So Does Next Step Lean N Green Work?

Next Step Lean N Green may help support your own weight loss efforts but as the customer said, this is not a “magic pill.” Effects will be mild. If you are an habitual coffee or tea drinker, you may not even notice the caffeine and beyond that what are you actually left with? Green coffee and Chromium! However let’s not write those two ingredients off.

Green tea is very good for health and although you could get the same effects by drinking more green tea, not everyone enjoys the taste.

Evidence suggests Chromium is effective for treating diabetes in elderly patients. One test concluded:

Dietary supplementation with chromium is beneficial in moderating glucose intolerance. In addition, chromium intake appears to lower plasma lipid levels.


However, the weight loss claims are not so positive. Most tests show that Chromium Picolinate has little effect.

One clinical test carried out on 83 obese women concluded:

Under conditions of controlled energy intake, Chromium Picolinate supplementation of women did not independently influence body weight or composition or iron status. Thus, claims that supplementation of 200 mcg of Chromium as Chromium Picolinate promotes weight loss and body composition changes are not supported


Where Can I Buy Next Step Lean N Green?

You can buy Next Step Lean N Green from any of the Vitamin Shoppe stores across the USA and it is also available from their website.

1 x 90 capsules bottle (90 days supply) of Next Step Lean N Green costs $14.99. Shipping is free to US addresses.

Next Step Lean N Green is also on sale via Amazon.
1 x 90 capsules bottle (90 days supply) of Next Step Lean N Green costs $14.99. Shipping is an additional 99cents to US addresses.

Next Step Lean N Green is not available to customers outside the USA.

What About A Guarantee

Next Step Lean N Green is not covered by a guarantee. The Vitamin Shoppe does have a 30 days return policy but only for unopened items.

Watchdog Verdict

We like Next Step Lean N Green. This supplement seems very safe and side effects are extremely unlikely. We like the price too and at just $14.99 for three months’ supply, there are very few better value supplements on the market.

If you use Next Step Lean N Green, you may find that it helps your own weight loss efforts and some customers have reported positive benefits from taking. And at this price, it might just be worth a try!

However, results are not going to be earth shattering. Chromium Picolinate is touted for weight loss but comes with very little real evidence that it is effective. In addition, the effects of the green tea / caffeine combination may be hard to define. It may help but results may be so minimal you may not even notice them.

Leaving aside the price and safety advantages, the bottom line is whether this supplement will really make you lose weight? There is no real proof that it will, so for that reason we have no alternative but to reject Next Step Lean N Green.

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