FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Lean95?
Lean95 is a low calorie food supplement that can double as a meal replacement. What makes it special is that it has been formulated with green foods to provide your body with the nutrients needed to support your weight loss, exercise, and performance goals. It also contains LuraLean, a fibre, that swells up to 200 times its weight when in contact with water. That helps you feel fuller for longer. Lean95 does NOT contain animal protein, synthetics, added sugar, preservatives, dairy or soy.
How many calories are in one serving of Lean95?
Lean95 contains 95 calories per serving (two scoops).
Your website claims there are two ways to use Lean95 - one for weight loss, and the other for performance enhancement. Please explain.
That’s correct. The wonderful thing about this product is that it is highly effective for both weight loss and performance enhancement. For weight loss, replacing one to two meals a day means that your overall calorie consumption for the day is reduced. As you know, that forms a significant part of a successful weight loss plan. We recommend using only water in the mix to keep the calories at 95 per serving. Adding fruit juice/rice milk/coconut water adds to the calories, which is counterproductive, if weight loss is the goal.
In terms of performance enhancement Lean95 provides 15 grams of high quality, vegetable-based protein, as well as other nutrients to support cell function. Maca, a Peruvian herb, which is a powerful adaptogen, assists the body against fatigue and stress; boosting energy and endurance, and aiding in muscle building.
How do I take the product for weight loss, and how do I take it for performance?
For weight loss:
Replace 1 meal per day with 1-2 scoops of Lean95 in 500ml or more of water. This can be any of the 3 main meals of the day
Replace 2 meals per day with 1-2 scoops of Lean95 in 500ml or more of water. This is usually recommended for 3-4 days, followed by 1 meal being replaced by Lean 95 for 2-3 days. The process can be repeated
Replace all meals with Lean95 for a 24 hour period followed by a normal-for-you day. This can be done 2-3 times per week depending on your goals.
Take 1 scoop with 500ml or more of water 15-30 minutes before 1 or 2 of your main meals. Reduce the portion size of those main meals.
For performance enhancement:
If muscle repair and recovery is the main focus: Take 2 scoops of Lean95 with 250ml-500ml of water as a pre-workout and/or post-workout drink. The pre-workout drink should be consumed 30-60 minutes prior to training and post-workout immediately after training. It is highly recommended that Lean 95 be blended with fruit, coconut water or juice, and taken post workout when this is the goal.
As an evening snack Lean95 can be consumed before bed with 200ml or more of water.
If increased energy and endurance are the main focus: Take 2 scoops of Lean95 with 250ml-500ml of water 30-60 minutes prior to training. As a post-workout drink, blend Lean 95 with juice or coconut water and fruit (optional). Lean95 can also be consumed during long training sessions. In this case mix 1-2 scoops with 500ml-600ml of water. This is especially effective for cyclists and other endurance athletes.
We strongly advise that you drink plenty of water during the day whether you are using Lean 95 for weight loss or sports performance.
Isn't it bad to have such a low calorie 'meal'?
The key to successful weight loss is ensuring you are in ''negative energy balance.'' This occurs by consuming fewer calories than what your body requires to perform its daily functions. Lean95 assists you in reducing your daily caloric intake, thus increasing the likelihood of you shifting to a negative energy balance.
One of the problems with low calorie diets, is that they tend to be low in micronutrients. Very low calorie diets can even fall below minimal protein requirements of the body. That can be dangerous when it occurs over a sustained period. Now, depending on age and gender, the minimum protein intake required per day varies. Few people, however, need more than 60g a day (lactating woman and highly active sports people being an exception). So think about it. If a person were to really push it, and replace all three meals with Lean95, and use it for an additional snack to the exclusion of any other food in a single day, they would still be getting all the protein they would need. They would be consuming around 1.5 to 2l of water, which automatically takes care of hydration. In addition, they would benefit from the increased intake of food form multivitamins. Therefore, even though we do not recommend using Lean95 in this way for any length of time, its formulation makes it extremely safe and effective, even when being used in ways that go beyond our recommendations.
What quality of spirulina do you use in Lean95? I am concerned about pesticides found in some brands of spirulina?
We use a very high quality organic spirulina that is hydroponically grown and certified pesticide, herbicide, GMO and additive-free.
Why do you use vegetable protein instead of whey or animal protein?
Despite much of the marketing hype, our belief is that whey, casein and soy proteins are not the ideal for the human body, and as such we have endeavoured to find an alternative source of protein that will provide a full spectrum of amino acids required for muscle repair, hormone production etc.
Is it safe for pregnant or nursing women?
Although there is no evidence to suggest that any of the ingredients should be avoided during pregnancy or lactation, we still recommend that you seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner before using Lean95 if you are expecting or nursing.
Is it safe for diabetics?
Yes. All the ingredients are regarded as safe for diabetics. We do, however, still recommend that you check your sugar levels regularly and consult with your healthcare practitioner.
How can I ensure I get the best benefit from the 'filling' effect of the LuraLean fibre which is in Lean95?
Make sure you drink enough water. We recommend using a big 500ml water bottle (or bigger) and shaking it up.
I am taking other supplements and vitamins - do I need to stop taking them when I'm on Lean95?
Not as a rule. It depends on what you are taking, and what your personal goals are. In general, however, we do recommend that you try to avoid synthetic supplements/vitamins in general and replace them with whole food supplements/vitamins where possible.
Why is Lean95 not available in more conventional flavours like chocolate milkshake etc?
It's really important for us to maintain to integrity of our product and maintaining the low calorie count. If we were to add artificial or synthetic flavours it would no longer be a natural and healthy product. Adding artificial flavours like chocolate would also increase the calorie count. We are however looking into adding some organic and zero calorie flavours in the future so watch this space!
I understand Lean95 will be great for weight loss, but how can low calories be good for performance athletes that need calories to perform?
Lean95 should not be considered as a 'food' or 'fuel' that will replace the higher calorie foods used by endurance athletes. With athletes, Lean95 is not taken for its caloric content but rather for its nutrient and adaptogenic components. It contains spirulina which is highly nutrient-dense and regarded as one of the best 'foods' for sportsmen. This will assist any athlete looking for increased performance. It also contains maca which has an adaptogenic effect - very beneficial for athletes
The body has sufficient energy stores for people training for bouts shorter than 1 hour. For these people the 95 calories consumed by the Lean 95 is more than adequate. For athletes doing longer bouts it is generally recommended that they consume 100-250 calories per hour of exercise however this is a subject of debate. If people are concerned about this we recommend they use the snacks that seem to work best for them in conjunction with the Lean 95. However we have had numerous reports of people doing very high intensity events for 4+ hours on Lean95 (mixed with coconut water) and feel great - they love the fact that it is easy to consume and is taken up rapidly at the cellular level. Of course correct fueling up to the event and just prior to the event will certainly be a determining factor as to what the individual will require during the event.
I know The Wellness Brothers are not advocates of whey protein. As whey is the basis for many, if not most, supplement products, why do you feel this way?
Whey protein is still regarded as one of the best (or the best by many) sources of protein for people looking for muscle repair/recovery. There are certainly advantages to whey protein: it's cheaper; as a single ingredient it a complete protein etc. To produce a non-whey (or non-dairy) protein usually requires more than one single protein source to make a 'complete protein' as many other protein sources are not considered 'complete proteins'. I is usually a lot more expensive to make these kinds of protein supplements. As a result whey protein does have it advantages. The Wellness Brothers have the following issues with whey protein:
- Unless it is organic it has a lot of hormones and antibiotics which we all know has a negative impact on the body.
- Based on our own personal experience in practice, and after doing much research, we consider dairy (whey being a component of dairy) to be one of the more allergenic foods there is. It is pro-inflammatory and has been implicated in auto-immune diseases and a variety of other immune-related problems.
- it tends to produce an excess amount of mucous resulting in undesirable effects on the respiratory system