PlantFusion’s Complete Lean takes a slightly different and softer approach to weight loss to improve wellbeing and keep you on track with less chance you will just quit. This product is less about calorie denial, but about making more modest cuts to calorie intake while keeping your body fit and healthy with its added nutrients and probiotics. So let’s take a closer look!
As with many PlantFusions products, the choice of ingredients is considered carefully, with each performing a unique role towards a specific purpose. Complete Lean is no exception, its ingredients have been carefully selected with the goal of weight loss.
The primary protein component of this product is Ecolean Pea Protein Isolate, which has the added advantage in helping curb hunger for longer than many other protein sources. Additional branched-chain amino acids have also been added and include L-Glutamine, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, and L-Valine. An additional mix of protein from Millet, Lentils, Flax, Chia, and Algae has also been added to not only assist with the amino acids that pea is deficient in, but for additional nutrients.
PlantFusion have also added what they call their Fiber and Glycemic Blend which should help aid digestion by promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. This blend includes Inulin, Acacia, Chromium Polynicotinate and Banana Leaf Extract.
Then comes PlantFusions Superfood Energy Blend which includes a huge number of extracts with various claims inability to promote a feeling of fullness, curb hunger, increase metabolism and of course provide additional fiber. While many of these claims rely on anecdotal evidence, many are supported by real-world testing. While some may not prove effective for weight loss aims, we tend to think there is little harm in adding additional nutrients, healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber to your diet.
Lastly, they have added digestive enzymes such as Alpha Galactosidase and Bromelain which help you efficiently break down protein into essential amino acids. Interestingly, Bromelain also has been shown to help reduce inflammation, just in case you are keen on the odd heavy workout! The last is a probiotic “Bacillus Coagulans“, which helps in the production of lactic acid for digestion.
All other ingredients are added for sweetening and additional flavor. In our test case, that’s Creamy Vanilla Bean. For this, they have included natural vanilla flavor. For sweetening, they have used Erythritol which is a sugar alcohol with almost no calories, Stevia Extract and Han Guo Extract. Xanthan Gum has been added for a creamy texture and a little Silica is added to aid with mixing.
All in all, this product is no different from the other clever products coming from PlantFusion. Its ingredient makeup is well throughout, but we think a little bit higher in carbs than we would generally like to see in a weight loss protein. That’s not to say it can’t be an effective solution for you, and you will still need some carbs to keep you fuelled as you go through your day.
Add 1 (one) scoop to 12 oz. of chilled water or beverage of your choice in a shaker cup or blender. Mix for about 5 seconds. Take before meals.
We think Complete Lean is a good balance of protein, healthy fats and with a little carbs to keep you going on a busy day. Yes, we would probably prefer the carbs to be a tiny bit lower, but that would come at the expense of some of the nutrient-packed ingredients we love about this product.
While this is not a hardcore weight loss option, it’s a good longer-term solution you’re less likely to abandon. After all, what’s the point in starting a new weight loss routine you cant or down want to keep up? This product is more likely to keep you going with its balance between cutting calories, maintaining nutrient density and keeping your energy levels up.
PlantFusions products tend to vary in flavor a little between products which is not surprising given their various ingredients. It’s certainly no different with Complete Lean.
We tried the Creamy Vanilla Flavor which mixed surprisingly well in water. Its flavor while vanilla was a little earthy if not caramel with a nice smooth creamy texture. In almond milk, it came across a little nuttier in flavor.
There is no hiding that this product is not cheap, even when considering that vegan products are generally much more expensive! Is the value there though? We think yes!
While this is not PlantFusions best value product, it’s still a complex and well-thought-out product with an ingredient line-up that’s hard to beat. If quality matters and you’re looking to lose weight then Complete Lean is certainly worth consideration.
Keep in mind that this product is designed to be used as a meal replacement. Even at its somewhat expensive price, it’s still no more than half what you might spend on that meal you’re replacing. If you’re committed to weight loss then the at least treat yourself with a great testing and effective product.
This is a great choice for those looking to make long term goals for weight loss, but have had previous trouble sticking to a weight loss product. This product ticks all the boxes to keep you going with great taste and nutrition that will keep you happier and fuller for longer.
Yes, it’s not super cheap, but it’s still going to cost you a lot less per serve than the meal you’re replacing. So if you have had trouble finding a great tasting protein powder you can stick it out with, Complete Lean might be worth a try to keep you on your goal towards weight loss.