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Gerlinéa in the slimming section of your hypermarket

packs-gerlineaYou’re probably familiar with the GERLINEA brand of slimming products, having seen it on the shelves of supermarkets or parapharmacies.

Today we’re investigating the Gerlinéa range of meal replacements, the mainstay of the brand’s weight loss method.

Presentation and promises of Gerlinéa meal replacements

Gerlinéa offers a wide range of meal replacements for people wishing to start an effective weight loss program.

Based on hyper-protein preparations, Gerlinéa meal replacements are available in different forms and flavors:

Meal Bars :

Apple raspberry, caramel, chocolate cereals, apple blueberry, intense dark chocolate, chocolate, coconut-flavored gourmet heart, praline-flavored gourmet heart, chocolate almond-flavored gourmet heart, apricot or hazelnut vanilla cereals.

Meal creams :

A powder to reconstitute with milk, vanilla or chocolate flavor.

Milk Shakes Meals :

Again, a powder to reconstitute with milk, chocolate or coffee flavor.

Meals to Drink:

Ready-to-eat, take-anywhere preparations in bottle format, in coffee, chocolate or vanilla flavors.

Coupelles Crèmes :

Ready-to-eat creams in coffee, caramel vanilla, chocolate or praline flavors.

How to use Gerlinéa meal replacements?

In the attack phase, Gerlinéa recommends two (2) meal replacements a day, one (1) for breakfast and one (1) to replace one of the two (2) main meals.

Meals can be supplemented with fruit and/or dairy products, and possibly a dish of raw or cooked fat-free vegetables.

In the stabilization phase, the manufacturer recommends taking one meal replacement per day, with the same indications as above.

Gerlinéa, the manufacturer

The Gerlinéa brand has been a household name for many years. The brand has been present on the slimming market for over 20 years.

Gerlinéa specializes in slimming products, and aims to offer healthy, balanced and practical solutions that meet the needs of modern women.

Gerlinéa works in collaboration with a team of nutrition experts.

High-protein meal replacements are the mainstay of its slimming method.

This method is based in particular on the recognition of the efficacy of meal replacements (like those produced by Gerlinéa) by the ESFA (European Food Safety Authority).

After verification, we found that the ESFA experts have expressed a positive opinion on the scientifically validated efficacy of meal replacements as part of a low-calorie diet.

This opinion confirms the main benefits of meal replacements in general, namely:

  1. Replacing two meals a day with meal replacements helps weight loss as part of a low-calorie diet.
  2. Replacing one or even two meals with a meal replacement helps maintain weight after weight loss.

(Source : Eur Lex – Access to European Union law. 121306)

Gerlinéa meal replacement ingredients

Many ingredients are found in different meal replacements.

For the purposes of our current survey, we will confine ourselves to the main ingredients in Gerlinéa meals, i.e. those with slimming properties.

Gerlinéa products are generally made up of the following ingredients:

1. Milk and whey proteins:

Milk and whey proteins, like lactoserum, are high-quality proteins.

Commonly used in high-protein products, but also in sports supplements, they have multiple benefits.

Firstly, a high protein intake induces ketosis in the body, leading to rapid weight loss through the breakdown of body fat.

Secondly, proteins enable rapid weight loss, without sacrificing muscle mass. This enables the body to retain its tone and definition, while maintaining a good level of energy. Last but not least, proteins help to create a feeling of satiety, which in turn helps to reduce calorie intake.

2. Wheat and soy proteins:

These two types of vegetable protein are also of good quality, with a little extra for soy protein.

Soy protein, like milk protein, contains all the essential amino acids, minerals (potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorus), as well as B vitamins and vitamin E.

Wheat protein, apart from providing a feeling of satiety, has no particular nutritional value.

In addition to these proteins, Gerlinéa products contain vitamins and minerals to provide the body with all the nutrients it needs to function properly and maintain energy levels.

This supplementation helps avoid the possible deficiencies that can occur following a low-calorie diet.

Gerlinéa meal replacements and science

The effectiveness of high-protein diets has been, and continues to be, the subject of numerous clinical studies.

In this context, we would like to mention a recent meta-analysis (2013) published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which studied and synthesized the results of 20 clinical studies carried out on 3017 obese or overweight participants at the start of their weight-loss phase.

These studies evaluated the efficacy of various weight-loss products in terms of both weight loss and weight maintenance.

The slimming products tested were: slimming pills, meal replacements, high-protein diets, dietary supplements and exercise.

The results for meal replacements were as follows:

  • Meal replacements are effective for weight loss;
  • Over an average period of one year, subjects lost around 7 to 8% of their initial weight;
  • Meal replacements are effective in maintaining a healthy weight.

(Source: NCBI. PubMed. Clinical Epidemiology Unit (KJ and MN) and the Obesity Center (EH), Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Johansson K., Neovius M., Hemmingsson E. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jan;99(1):1423. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.070052. Epub 2013 Oct 30).

Testimonials from users of Gerlinéa meal replacements

Gerlinéa products were used by a significant number of people, and we were able to find a large number of testimonials, which gave us a clearer idea of the effectiveness of the brand’s products.

In terms of taste, the overall trend among consumers is towards a lack of diversity, with overly sweet flavors that quickly become tiresome.

In terms of satiety, opinions are more mixed. In the majority of cases, users find that the products are not nourishing enough, and don’t allow them to wait serenely until the next meal.

Finally, the effectiveness of the products seems to be confirmed, particularly in the short term, and as part of a low-calorie diet.

Gerlinéa meal replacements price and guarantee

Gerlinéa products are available from local and online parapharmacies, as well as from various online stores.

They can be found at varying prices, of which we can give you a few indications in the following.

For the different Gerlinéa products, prices vary according to the product chosen.

Here are some sample prices:
8.90€ for 4 to 6 bar meals (2 bars per meal)
10€ for 9 milkshake meals
12€ to 16€ for 18 cream meals meals to reconstitute
5€ for 4 cream cup meals
6€ for 4 drink meals
Gerlinéa does not offer a money-back guarantee for its products.

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