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Introduction

Plexus are heavy-hitters in the weight loss industry, with their star-products being some of the most talked about. Now that meal replacement shakes have seemingly hit peak popularity, it doesn’t surprise us that Plexus have released one.

In this Plexus Lean review, we’re taking a look at what we believe this diet shake really has to offer consumers.

Readers please note that statements on this page are fair comment based on observation. This content is produced on a matter of public interest. Statements on this page are our honest opinion.

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What Is Plexus Lean?

Plexus Lean is a meal replacement shake created by a US-based nutrition company named Plexus Worldwide.

One pouch of Plexus Lean costs $52.95, contains 14 meals and will last users between 4-14 days based on the directions of replacing 1-3 meals per day; it is available from the official Plexus Lean website, Amazon and various other online marketplaces.

Much like the rest of the products in the Plexus product range, Plexus Lean is targeted towards those who are looking for a more natural way of losing weight.

The product itself is a complex of vitamins and minerals combined with a vegan-friendly protein blend and prebiotic compounds. Plexus describe their lean shakes as a product that can help you on the “road to a leaner, lighter, healthier you”.

Does Plexus Lean Work?

After conducting some in-depth research into Plexus’ Lean Shake, we believe that it very likely can help users lose weight, provided that it is used in the correct manner under the right circumstances.

Firstly, it’s very important to note that this isn’t some kind of magical “fat burning shake” – drinking Plexus Lean alone isn’t going to cause you to lose any body fat; no ingredients inside this product have the ability to directly and independently “burn body fat”.

Plexus Lean is a weight loss aid and meal replacement shake, not a miracle product. This meal replacement shake will allow users to completely overhaul their diet without having to put in much effort planning out a low calorie diet plan – in this respect, it’s almost like a convenience product, rather than a bonafide “weight loss product”.

The shake contains lots of vitamins, minerals and nutrients and is low in calories. By replacing your 3 daily meals with this shake, you’ll be crashing your daily caloric intake down to that of a VLCD (very low calorie diet), which will result in gradual weight loss over a period of 8-12 weeks.

The bottom line – losing weight with this product will be tough and will require willpower. You’ll probably be hungry a lot for the first 4 weeks and your energy levels will be low, but if you can persevere then you’ll reap the rewards.

The Pros & Cons Of Plexus Lean

Below is a list of what we believe the main positive and negative aspects are:

The Pros

  • Useful meal replacement shake.
  • Reasonably low in calories.
  • Contains lots of vitamins and minerals.

The Cons

  • Product doesn’t contain any ingredients that will directly and independently “burn fat”.
  • Weight may quickly return after you stop your shake-only diet.
  • Very expensive to sustain usage of.
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What Are The Plexus Lean Ingredients?

We have found the following supplement facts for this product:

Two Scoops (60g) Contains: Calories 230, Fat 7g, Carbs 17g, Protein 20g, Vitamin A 1668IU, Vitamin C 14.8mg, Vitamin D3 52.4IU, Vitamin E 3.7IU, Thiamin 0.3mg, Riboflavin 0.4mg, Niacin 6.2mg, Vitamin B6 0.4mg, Folate 62.4mcg, Biotin 25mcg, Panthothenic Acid 1.3mg, Calcium 259.5mg, Iron 9.9mg, Phosphorus 587.2mg, Iodine 40mcg, Magnesium 112.8mg, Zinc 5.9mg, Selenium 13.8mg, Copper 0.8mg, Manganese 1mg, 32.9mcg, Sodium 55mg, Potassium 630mg, Protein Blend (Pea Protein Isolate, Rice Protein Isolate, Pea Protein Concentrate, Sacha Inchi, Amaranth, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Millet, Chia), Proprietary Blend (Short Chain Fructooligosaccharides, Bacillus Subtilis, Ananas Comosus, Alpha-Galactooligosaccharides, Xylooligosaccharides).

Is Plexus Lean Suitable For Everyone?

This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, however it should not be used for the purposes of weight loss by women who are pregnant or people under the age of 18 without the approval of a dietician.

Is Plexus Lean Safe?

We believe that Plexus Lean is completely safe; the formula does not contain any banned or obviously dangerous ingredients.

What Are The Plexus Lean Side Effects?

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

  • Indigestion
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea [1]

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

Are There Any Plexus Lean Reviews From Customers?

We’ve found the following customer review testimonials for this product:

If you’re new to shake diets then you’ll probably be in for a bit of a shock just how hungry you’ll be when you start – i’ve been using meal replacement shakes for a long while now and find that it takes a good 3-4 weeks for your body and stomach to adjust.

I find Plexus Lean a genuinely solid meal replacement, with the price tag being one of the only drawbacks.

good luck stomaching this stuff.. the taste and texture is naaaasty. No wonder it’s meant to cause weight loss.. you can’t eat the stuff so you get no calories! I would not recommend it.

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Our Final Verdict On Plexus Lean

To conclude our Plexus Lean 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.

Beginning with the positive notes, we believe that Plexus Lean is a genuinely good meal replacement shake. It’s loaded full of vitamins and minerals, is very low in calories per serving and also contains a complex of digestive enzymes to help support a healthy gut.

For all the positives, there are also negatives. This product doesn’t contain any fat burning or metabolism-boosting ingredients, so users shouldn’t expect any miraculous weight loss results from this shake. Furthermore, it doesn’t contain any ingredients that’ll cause long-lasting appetite suppression – if you’re planning on replacing all of your daily meals with this shake, you may feel hungry until your stomach shrinks and adjusts to your new liquid-only diet.

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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