About NutriBullet Lean
Looking for a fast and easy way to prep fresh meals with the aim of losing excess fat? NutriBullet LEAN is the fourth variation of the nutrient extractor in the NutriBullet line—this one with a weight-loss twist.
The family of food processors—including the original Nutribullet, the NutriBullet Pro, the NutriBullet Rx, and now the NutriBullet LEAN—use proprietary technology “to turn ordinary foods into superfoods.”
While each of the prior models carries over the NutriBullet’s essential functionalities (with a few additional features as you move up the line), the NutriBullet LEAN goes a step beyond offering extra power—promising to help you lose pounds and inches “faster than you ever thought possible.”
The brand behind NutriBullet claims that they were inspired by their many customers who had shed pounds after regularly preparing meals with the NutriBullet system. In response, they set out to answer the question of how to make losing weight easier and more effective for everyone.
A Note About NutriBullet’s Average Reviews
Before we get into the specifics of NutriBullet LEAN, it’s worth noting that these previous versions are generally reviewed as 3.5 out of 5 stars—an above-average rating on HighYa.
However, there are frequent complaints of faulty gaskets across NutriBullet’s models; the rubber seal at the base of the extractor blade can easily become loose and mangled. This is something to consider before purchasing a NutriBullet product. Learn more about customer reviews of previous models by reading NutriBullet reviews.
NutriBullet LEAN Claims to Make Losing Weight Easier Than Ever Before
The NutriBullet team claims to have assembled a group of experts, including doctors, dietitians, and nutritionists, each with special expertise in weight loss management.
According to NutriBullet, this weight loss A-Team made a breakthrough discovery that “Food is information—it’s like a computer code that tells your body what to do.” While NutriBullet doesn’t disclose how they made this discovery (and later we’ll share that the information isn’t really anything new), here’s what they say they learned:
- Some foods tell your body to store fat, while other foods tell your body to burn fat.
- If you combine the right foods—in the right amounts—you can create a “weight loss code.”
- This code can tell your body to stop storing fat, and start burning it.
In an advertisement for NutriBullet LEAN, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, M.S., N.D., and author of The Bone Broth Diet, affirms the product’s claims by stating “Food really is information. The food you take in can either tell your body to burn fat—or, it can tell your body to store fat.”
How NutriBullet LEAN Claims to Unlock the Weight Loss Code
NutriBullet LEAN is a comprehensive weight loss system that’s centered around 60-second drinkable meals called “MacroBlasts.” Celebrity doctor JJ Virgin echoes the NutriBullet LEAN message of tapping into a “weight-loss code” as she demonstrates the ease of making a macroblast meal:
Dr. JJ Virgin selects a combination of greens, fruits, and a scoop of LEAN Boost (the NutriBullet LEAN blend of plant protein and fiber – more on this soon). By stacking macronutrients (in a cup), she claims that you’re building a weight loss code.
After all the ingredients are added, the NutriBullet LEAN Food processor can be switched on with a single touch. According to Dr. JJ Virgin, the “cyclonic action” of the NutriBullet’s food processing blades unlocks the weight loss code of that specific blend of “ordinary foods.”
In 60 seconds, the blend reaches what they claim to be “the perfect consistency.” The result is a macroblast meal that’s “quick, easy, foolproof, and full of flavor.”
To take the guesswork out of combining these ordinary foods, the NutriBullet LEAN comes with weight loss code recipes. Both the recipes for MacroBlasts and larger meals are contained within an easy-to-follow program contained within a smartphone application.
Along with the NutriBullet LEAN meals and program, customers get access to nutrition and wellness advisors. Customers also receive LEAN Boost, a plant protein and fiber blend that can be added to your macroblast meals to help keep you feeling full and satisfied.
NutriBullet Weight Loss Recipes
What can you expect to be eating while on the NutriBullet LEAN weight loss plan?
It starts with NutriBullet LEAN’s 7-Day Transformation Plan, which is included in your purchase (and, unfortunately, not available for preview online). The Transformation Plan claims to teach you how to make delicious MacroBlasts and Portion Perfect Meals.
After finishing the 7-Day Transformation Plan, NutriBullet LEAN users can branch out into different recipes. There are only nine listed on the NutriBullet LEAN website, including:
- Very Berry MacroBlast
- Crimson Cup MacroBlast
- Grilled chicken with quinoa and salad
- Hearty Party MacroBlast
- Mediterranean chicken, asparagus, and brown rice salad
- Hummus and veggies
- Black bean burger patty
- One-pot turkey chili
- Berry Good Morning MacroBlast
Thankfully, a Google search for “NutriBullet weight loss recipes” turns up some consumer-made creations that can help diversify your meal plans. Although many of these also focus on the juicing aspect of NutriBullet, leaving you to throw out a wider net when in search for additional meals that require actual chewing.
NutriBullet LEAN MacroBlasts: Legitimate Breakthrough or Marketing Hype?
The infomercial for NutriBullet LEAN uses some technical-sounding terminology that you might not be familiar with, namely macronutrients, a weight loss code, and eluding to an ideal consistency that helps for better nutrient absorption.
Are these terms representative of actual scientific breakthroughs or are they marketing hype?
Macronutrients aren’t a breakthrough discovery—basically, it’s the term used to describe any substance that you need in relatively large quantities to stay alive. These include:
- Types of food, including proteins, carbohydrates, and fats—these are essential components of any well-balanced diet.
- Vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which are naturally found in fresh fruits and vegetables.
While macronutrients have always been a part of our diet, the term started gaining in recognition nearly four decades ago as bodybuilding increased in popularity. The massive gains these athletes attempt to achieve require that they build their diets with an incredible attention to detail.
You can learn more about macronutrients in the video above. But know that, while combining and tracking your macronutrients to achieve certain results does take effort, it’s not a proprietary breakthrough cornered by the NutriBullet LEAN brand.
What About the NutriBullet LEANs Claim of Unlocking a Weight Loss Code?
NutriBullet LEAN’s claims of assisting with weight loss are based on their assertion that food is information, and by combining certain foods, you can write a “weight loss code” that tells your body not to store fat.
As we’ve just discussed, the NutriBullet LEAN infomercial isn’t wrong about macronutrients being important. However, they do appear to mislead viewers into believing that the NutriBullet LEAN “unlocks” macronutrients in “ordinary foods.” Instead, macronutrients are simply the foods you need to survive.
But, what about the idea of a weight loss code? Yeah, that’s not new either.
Nutrition combinations, power couples, food friends—there’s not a single coined phrase to search for when looking up what foods complement each other best, but there is already a lot of research on the topic.
Mind, we’re not talking about what tastes the best compliment each other, but what combination of nutrients help a meal reach its maximum potential.
“When we eat certain foods together, their components work in sync—they produce health-promoting results that far outweigh what you'd get from eating either food alone,” says Elaine Magee, R.D., author of Food Synergy. Women’s Health shares a few example:
- Chickpeas and red peppers: Chickpeas, sometimes called garbanzo beans, are chock-full or iron—which your body has a hard time absorbing without a little assistance. Enter the vitamin-C rich red pepper, which reacts with the plant-based iron in a way that allows your blood cells to benefit.
- Spinach and avocados: Spinach is full of lutein and vitamin A, which are both important for eye health. Avocado supplies even more lutein and A, and includes the healthy fats your body needs to soak up these nutrients.
- Oatmeal and apples: Oatmeal provides two ingredients that help protect your heart: beta-glucan, a cholesterol-lowering fiber, and avenanthramide, compounds that shield LDL cholesterol from harmful free radicals. Apples are filled with flavonoids that provide a complementary effect, as well as neutralizing free radicals and inflammation.
You can find information on five additional healthy food pairings, as well as ideas on how to prepare combos, in the article Power Couples: Get the Most Nutritional Value from Your Food.
NutriBullet LEAN Pricing & Refund Policy
The NutriBullet LEAN comes with everything you need to start following their prescribed path for weight loss, including:
- 1 NutriBullet power base that features 1200 watts of power
- 1 seven-day transformation plan that includes instructions on how to make MacroBlasts and other meals
- A one-month supply of Lean Boost
- 2 Measured 32oz MacroBlast cups
- 1 Measured short cup
- 1 Reusable plate divider to measure portions
- 1 Healthy fats measuring spoon
- 1 Boost measuring spoon
- 1 Extractor blade
To complement your MacroBlast cups, the set also comes with a comfort lip ring, a flip top, and two stay-fresh lids.
The entire 15-piece NutriBullet LEAN system is available for $119.94. You can purchase by paying the total outright, or by making six payments of $19.99. (Shipping and processing are free.)
NutriBullet LEAN comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, as well as a 1-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Note that, to take advantage of your warranty, you must register your purchase online.
To request a refund or exchange due to a defective product, you can contact the NutriBullet customer service department at (800) 500-0675 or by filling out a contact form on: www.nutriliving.com.
What Is NutriBullet LEAN Boost?
Included with your NutriBullet LEAN purchase is a one-month supply (two 1 lb, 5.2 oz) of NutriBullet LEAN Boost.
According to the product’s official website, a scoop of this blend (which includes plant protein and fiber) is needed to make every MacroBlast a balanced meal—and to unlock the weight loss code, of course.
Additionally, NutriBullet LEAN Boost claims to naturally boost your metabolism to increase your body’s fat burning potential, and it includes prebiotics that aid in healthy digestion and regularity.
NutriBullet LEAN Boost’s Ingredients & Nutrition Facts. Image via nutribulletlean.com.
What’s actually in NutriBullet LEAN Boost? A look at its ingredients label shows organic pea protein, organic insulin, organic flax seeds, and organic chia seeds. It also includes green tea leaf extract, turmeric, nutmeg, cayenne and chili peppers, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, and natural flavor—all listed as “organic” as well.
Pea protein powder is a popular base for protein mixes aimed to help you lose weight. Similar to whey protein, it’s light, fluffy texture mixes easily into shakes to help you add a boost of protein to any liquid meal.
However, protein powders are nutritional supplements not intended to be used as meal replacements (or, at least, so says the fine print of a similar product).
NutriBullet LEAN Boost might be fine to supplement your protein for one meal a day. But the amount of Boost that’s considered a one-month supply with your NutriBullet LEAN is 60 servings. (We know this because one tub, available separately for $34.99, is considered enough for 30 servings.)
More so, the two tubs of NutriBullet LEAN Boost that you receive free have strings attracting—autoship strings, to be exact.
Every four weeks after receiving your NutriBullet LEAN and accompanying Boost, you’ll receive another two-tub shipment of the Boost. But, they’re not a gift. You’ll be charged $59.99 for the powder indefinitely until you call 1-(800) 500-0675 to cancel.
Considering that so many of NutriBullet LEAN’s recipes include the Boost, meaning that you’ll be mixing it with two meals a day, you might want first to consult with a doctor to ensure that your dietary needs can be met by this powder.
If you’re interested in the NutriBullet LEAN, but don’t want ongoing shipments of the Boost, know that you can find similar pea protein powder on Amazon for about two-thirds of the price. Since there are so many options, we can’t compare the ingredients for each, but the savings will certainly amount to enough that you can afford your own organic cinnamon to sprinkle on top.
Is NutriBullet LEAN Worth the Price?
The NutriBullet LEAN appears to process foods without a hitch—but does the product go beyond the abilities of a basic blender to do everything NutriBullet’s marketing implies?
We’ve already touched on macronutrients (basically, the stuff you should be eating already) and complementary foods (which are as easy as mixing two or more ingredients in a salad).
After digesting all the above information, you might be wondering if there’s anything special about how the NutriBullet LEAN that could justify the price. For example, Dr. JJ Virgin does state that the extractor blades process food to exactly the right consistency for optimum nutrient absorption.
Here’s the thing, there’s something else that gets food to exactly the right consistency, too—and you already have them: your teeth.
Chewing turns out to be a pretty important first step in the digestive process. Not only does the action help to break down larger particles of food into digestible bits, but chewing thoroughly triggers the release of saliva, which is full of digestive enzymes that get your metabolic party started.
So, is NutriBullet LEAN worth almost $150? While ultimately only you can decide if the device is worth that cost, consider that highly-reviewed blenders and food processors are available on Amazon for less than a third of the price.
The bottom line: From macronutrients to food friends, the NutriBullet LEAN doesn’t really appear to bring anything new to the table—and causes you to potentially skip an important first step in your digestive process in the name of convenience.
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