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Introduction

If you’re in the market for a diet pill, GNC has multiple own-brand products for you to choose from. How does Total Lean Metabolic Elite differ from the already-popular Burn 60 and Burn X12? In this Metabolic Elite review, we’re taking an in-depth look at this popular weight loss pill to establish what we believe consumers can really expect from it.

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What Is GNC Metabolic Elite?

Metabolic Elite is a fat burner and energy-booster produced by the US-based supplement distributor GNC (General Nutrition Centers Inc.).

This product is available directly from the official GNC Metabolic Elite website. It may also be available in select GNC stores.

One pack of Metabolic Elite contains 60 tablets, costs $34.99 and will last users for approximately one month based on the directions of two tablets per day.

Metabolic Elite finds itself inside GNC’s in-house “total lean advanced” weight loss range, and is marketed as a more hardcore alternative to the already popular Burn 60 and Burn X12 diet pills. GNC themselves describe Metabolic Elite as a “fast-acting metabolism supercharger”, claiming that it is clinically proven to help users burn 6x more calories.

Consumers of this product are promised effects such as improved energy levels, better focus and concentration and faster metabolic rates.

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Does GNC Metabolic Elite Work?

After fully investigating GNC’s Metabolic Elite, we believe that the product can potentially be useful for the purposes of weight loss, but only if it is used correctly.

To clear up any misconceptions you may have about this product, it’s important for us to note that Metabolic Elite is by no means a miracle weight loss pill that has the ability to melt away the body fat of anybody who consumes it – the formula itself does not contain any ingredients that will directly and independently “burn body fat”.

With that being said, GNC Metabolic Elite should really be viewed as a weight loss aid, rather than something you can use to cancel out a bad diet and inactive lifestyle. For users of Metabolic Elite to see tangible weight loss results, they must use it in conjunction with a calorie restricted diet and robust exercise regime.

As is suggested in the product name, the main benefit to using Metabolic Elite will be the metabolism-boosting effects it’ll likely produce (caused by the high caffeine content and other herbal extracts). While we’re not fully convinced it’ll help every single person who uses it “burn 6x more calories”, we believe that there is likely to be some impact on your metabolic speeds, depending on your tolerance to stimulants.

With a faster-running metabolism, your body may be able to burn calories at a quicker rate than it normally could, leading to faster weight loss (as long as you’re sticking to a low calorie diet).

The Pros & Cons Of GNC Metabolic Elite

Let’s take a look at the top level pros and cons of this product:

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GNC Total Lean Metabolic Elite Benefits:

  • Contains ingredients that can help speed up metabolic rates
  • Can help boost energy levels

GNC Total Lean Metabolic Elite Drawbacks:

  • Formula doesn’t contain any ingredients that directly and independently “burn fat”
  • Product is unlikely to cause long-term appetite suppression
  • Contains a lot of caffeine per serving (200mg)
  • Potentially negative side effects

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What Are The GNC Metabolic Elite Ingredients?

We have found the following supplement facts via the GNC website:

Two Tablets Contains: Niacin 20mg, Mucuna Pruriens Seed Extract 500mg, Ginger Root Extract 500mg, Boswellia Serrata Gum Extract 255mg, Caffeine Anhydrous 200mg, Capsicum Seed Extract 100mg, Cinnamon Bark Extract 100mg, Piper Longum Fruit Extract 2mg, Green Coffee Bean Extract 200mg, Rocket Plant Leaf Extract 100mg, Reishi Mushroom Powder 90mg and Cordyceps Sinensis Extract 10mg.

Is GNC Metabolic Elite Suitable For Everyone?

This product is suitable for vegetarians. Do not take this product if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you suffer from high blood pressure or a heart condition.

Is GNC Metabolic Elite Safe?

We believe that if you uses this product as directed, the product is very likely safe. It is worth noting that this product is high in caffeine per serving (200mg), therefore you should monitor how much caffeine you consume elsewhere in your diet.

What Are The GNC Metabolic Elite Side Effects?

We’ve compiled the following potential side effects based on the ingredients inside this formula:

  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Stomach irritation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Acid reflux
  • Increased heart rate
  • Respiration
  • Sweating
  • Flushing
  • Runny nose [1][2]

Note: these side effects are possible but may not be the typical user experience.

Are There Any GNC Metabolic Elite Reviews From Customers?

We have found the following GNC Total Lean Metabolic Elite review testimonials via customers online:

I take these to help me through work and work outs. They help me with an energy boost as well as a mental boost. I can definitely tell a difference when I take them.

Used as indicated for a whole month. Two pills a day. Lots of exercise and walking. High intensity mountain biking. Did not burn 1 kg more fat off. Eat little anyway.Approached the shop who said there is a 30 day money back guarantee but because I did not bring any product with in the holder he can not refund me. Poor product

Our Final Verdict GNC Metabolic Elite

To conclude our GNC Total Lean Metabolic Elite review, it’s a bit of a mixed bag – there are things that we like about it and things that we aren’t too blown away by.

Firstly let’s start by looking at the positives. We like how Metabolic Elite essentially serves as a stronger version of GNC’s Burn 60 and Burn X12 products – you are getting way more bang for your buck with Metabolic Elite for sure. The formula contains lots of stimulants and thermogenics that’ll help improve your energy levels and may even speed up your metabolic rates (allowing your body to burn calories at a faster rate).

As with most weight loss pills, there are downsides as well. While we think it’ll no doubt have a positive impact for anyone looking to lose weight, we do not buy into GNC’s statements that it helps users burn 6x more calories – the scientific evidence is just way too sparse for us to claim this is a likely effect for most users. Furthermore, with the increase in potency comes an increase in the likelihood of side effects.

Finally, Metabolic Elite doesn’t have anything that’ll help suppress your appetite, which we think may limit its effectiveness (especially for those who’s weight gain is directly linked to their inability to control their food intake).

Kath Ross, PhD
Kath Ross, PhD
Health Editor & Fact Checker at DietProbe
Kathryn is a Ph.D Health Editor here at DietProbe. She specializes in diabetes and weight control research and in her spare time she's a professional cat lady and wine connoisseur!
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