Hello, my name is Jen and I am addicted to soda, cookies, cake, fried foods of any kind, and just about anything that is bad for my body. Because of said addiction, I now need to lose at least 30 pounds so that I can confidently wear a bikini by summer time. I do not like vegetables unless they are tempura. I don’t eat fruits unless they are in pie form or skittles. Is there any hope for me? Can I be saved from myself?
So how does a girl who doesn’t like vegetables unless they are covered in fat and grease and can’t stay away from desserts and sugary drinks get rid of fat once and for all? I had pretty much accepted my lot in life, that I couldn’t be skinny again. Maybe being skinny was something that I was only meant to experience in my youth, and now that I’m nearly the big 3-0 it’s just not possible anymore. I’m not a movie star or singer/dancer that can afford a personal trainer to whip my body into shape 6 hours a day. I’m a mother, housewife, and aspiring writer. Nothing about any of those attributes means I’m physically active (unless I’m chasing Zoe down for a diaper change).
Then I experienced a protein shake called Lean1 from Nutrition53 that offered me a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Lean1 is a protein shake developed by Bill Romanowski, a former NFL player with rock hard abs and some serious muscle definition. But I’d tried protein shakes before like the Special K shakes and Slim Fast. They are essentially the same thing, right? No way could Lean1 possibly work.
I was sent 2 tubs of Lean1, and I was determined that I would follow all instructions exactly so that my results would be as accurate as possible. This is much easier said than done! First of all, the Lean1 shakes aren’t exactly the best tasting. It took some experimentation on my part to find a way to make them more appealing so that I would want to drink them. Basically one shake is 2-3 scoops of the powder combined with water; water and ice mixed up in a blender; or water, ice, and some kind of fruit. My first few shakes were the powder combined with just simple water. The texture wasn’t very appealing, but I was able to get the shake down. The chocolate flavored powder leaves a kind of funny after taste that takes some getting used to. Once I decided that I didn’t like how it tasted with just cold water, I pulled out my blender and added some ice. The colder and thicker the shake, the better it tasted. Eventually I got brave and added in some frozen blueberries. Now the shakes tasted even better!
Once I ran out of the chocolate flavored powder, it was time to try the vanilla raspberry. Honestly, it tastes terrible. It improves a little bit when other ingredients are added to the mix, but I truly cannot recommend this flavor. I’d love to sample other flavors, but each 2-lb tub is well over $30 and that would be an expensive mistake to make.
On most days, I had a shake for breakfast and for lunch. Each shake worked out to be between 200 and 300 calories, depending on if I added in extra ingredients. At first, I was practically starving while I waited for lunch time to roll around. After about a week, I felt more full and satisfied between meals. If I absolutely needed a snack, I would cut up an apple and eat part of it to curb the hunger.
I was really skeptical, but by the time a week had passed, I had lost 2 lbs. I started to get really excited about this system, but dinners out with family really put a damper on further progress. When I was able, I looked up the nutrition information for the restaurants we were going to and chose a meal before I even left the house. This wasn’t always a possibility, and I grew frustrated when my excellent progress for the day ended up ruined.
By the time I finished off both tubs of powder, I’d only lost at the most 3 lbs. I know the Lean1 works, because I saw a difference at the end of just one week. One of the most common complaints I’ve seen around the web is that this powder is really expensive for the amount you get, and I would have to agree. I would love to try this again, especially since now we are eating out at the most 1 time per week. That is manageable, and I’ll have far less temptation to cheat my diet plan.
I should also mention that since I used this product during the winter months, I couldn’t do much exercising. I think if I’d been able to, I would have seen even more positive results. I do recommend giving this product a try, but be forewarned that it gets pricey and you may have to add other things to the powder/water/ice mix to make it taste better.
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences wtih the product.*